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« on: May 08, 2013, 05:06:02 PM »
I have some credit with Midwest and I'd like to pick up something worthwhile. Any suggestions on a good investment after my first brewing kit?
Is a bottle tree worthwhile?

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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 05:07:57 PM »
a chiller if you don't have one, the dishwasher is a wonderful bottle tree. or hops.

congrats on your first brew day by the way!

cheers.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 05:10:23 PM by sparkleberry »
cheers.

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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 05:12:19 PM »
a chiller if you don't have one, the dishwasher is a wonderful bottle tree. or hops.

congrats on your first brew day by the way!

cheers.
+1 to chiller.
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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 05:21:29 PM »
Holding off on the chiller at this point. Cooled my last 3 gallon wort in about 20 minutes with an ice bath in the deep sink. What else ya got?

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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 05:22:03 PM »
a chiller if you don't have one, the dishwasher is a wonderful bottle tree. or hops.

congrats on your first brew day by the way!

cheers.
Thanks! I would love to buy hops, but as an extract man, I would have no clue what to buy at this point.

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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 05:23:27 PM »
Holding off on the chiller at this point. Cooled my last 3 gallon wort in about 20 minutes with an ice bath in the deep sink. What else ya got?
You'll need it once you start using that big pot to full wort boil!
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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 05:39:07 PM »
buy any hops you want! they still have to go into extract batches.

what are your favorite beers? what beers do you want to brew? find out what hops go into those beers!
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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 05:48:42 PM »
Another carboy or bucket.  Every time I think I have enough carboys, I need another.
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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 05:51:29 PM »
Another carboy or bucket.  Every time I think I have enough carboys, I need another.
+1.  Always need 'em.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 05:56:12 PM »
yeah. probably a better bet. i just really like getting new hops.
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 05:56:52 PM »
I was considering getting something to do smaller batches in. Any advice on something to do a 1-2 gallon brew? I would love another carboy but that would require another big igloo fermentor and that probably wouldn't fly with the senate at this point.

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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2013, 06:01:19 PM »
yeah. probably a better bet. i just really like getting new hops.
I'm with you.  Love some hops.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 06:11:19 PM »
i bought a 1 gallon brew kit at whole foods a while back. i now use the 1 gallon jug to harvest yeast. you could easily buy a little grain and hops and create your own recipes very easily. though, once i went all grain(3g stove biab and 5g "cheap n' easy") 1 gallon batches had no real interest for me since doing a 3g biab took the same amount of time and rendered a bit more beer. give it a try if midwest has 1 gallon kits!
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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2013, 06:23:29 PM »
I have some credit with Midwest and I'd like to pick up something worthwhile. Any suggestions on a good investment after my first brewing kit?
Is a bottle tree worthwhile?

I say a bottle tree can be done without.

You might consider at least two different things. Firstly, you could keep the credit and use it towards a digital temp controller for the freezer you will most certainly will want (need).

Second, maybe an ATC refractometer or a bench capper that can handle a wide variety of bottles. While the wing-capper will suffice I think they are a real PITA to use for any really serious bottling sessions.
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Re: Upgrade
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2013, 06:35:39 PM »
How about a nice scale to measure hops and salts?  Or equipment to make yeast starters?
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