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Harwich Hall Of Fame (208.59.33.27)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hands down I have to say its a quality mill. Its taken my brewing to a whole new level. anyone else?
 

Magnus Graham (148.177.161.211)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It has to be the beer glass. These are so important, I have invested in many.

Oh and the accurate scales I haven't yet bought to weigh hops.

Notebook

Mag
 

Ed Jones (65.60.143.219)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My pump. No more heavy lifting of hot fluids!

Ed
 

Beerboy (81.134.85.22)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My Boiler, with out it I couldn't make beer.

Following that, my temperature controller. Without it I couldn't make decent lager.
 

Fredrik (62.20.8.148)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Most irreplacable tools

1. PC
2. CO2 logger
3. microscope

/Fredrik
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 01:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1)Promash
2)kegging equipment, without it I probably would only brew a few times per year.

PTA
 

Jeff McClain (137.201.242.130)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 02:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1) Practice
2) Promash
3) Detailed notes
4) Kegging

-Jeff
 

Matt Walker (66.93.135.151)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 04:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've gotta echo PTA and Jeff...

1) Promash
2) Kegging Equipment
3) Refractometer
 

Aaron MacDonald (167.242.48.41)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Besides the obvious, my auto-siphon. Everytime I use that thing, I remember what it was like before ...
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 04:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My PID controller....
Certainly the most "valuable" part of my brewery at $270 new... course i "found" a new one, in the box, for $80 on ebay.... heh
Course my pump comes in a close second, cause its just so nice to be able to "push" the liquid around vs carry...

Walt
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Mike Kidulich (147.177.13.153)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 04:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1) ProMash
2) Kegging Equipment
3) Imagination

ProMash is great for designing recipes, but it really doesn't substitute for a good notebook. It's not very convenient to have to look up and print out from the PC all the time.

I just ordered a bunch of stuff from B3 (pump, pH meter, carbonating lid for corny kegs, water filter system and some other goodies, so my list might change in a couple of weeks;-)
 

Greg Beron (66.47.129.204)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 04:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll second the Auto-siphon. I was reminded of that when I broke one this morning draining a batch of bottles I was cleaning. Luckily I have keys to the store so I don't have to wait until Wednesday to replace it ;)

Greg Beron
C.C.H.B.S.
www.brewsupply.com
 

Andrew T. Deutsch (67.41.112.21)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 04:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would have to say a good digital thermometer is a must for all grain brewing.

Then of course kegging equipment, without it I would have to bottle and that is just too much of a pain in the arss.

AD
 

big earl (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

how can one piece of equipment be more valuable than another ???? (what came 1st the chicken or the egg)

that said, I vote for the WHIRLY-GIG !!!!!!
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 05:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

WHIRLYYYYYYYY!!!!

;>
Walt
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Ed Levandoski (167.206.64.66)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 06:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gotta be my counterflow chiller. I just built one for pennies. Can't believe I used an immersion for so long.
 

Josh S (198.208.223.46)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 06:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

yellow food coloring jar:)
 

Travis Adams (137.161.201.253)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 07:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ed - Pennies? Come on...tell us all how you did that for pennies...
Travis
 

John McGrann (66.216.141.106)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's generally whatever I bought last. 3 batches ago it was my converted keg for full wort boils. 2 batches ago my digital thermometer and CFC. Today it's my O2 system. Next time it'll probably be the pump that I decided (last night) that I need.
 

waddler (142.161.0.91)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 09:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kegging equipment gets my vote too.
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 09:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't see any way I could pick a single most valuable piece of equipment, but the one that I think is the coolest when I use it my WortWizard.
 

Steve Anderson (216.37.68.121)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 09:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Most bang for the buck: Super Syphon

Best time saver: Counter Flow Chiller
 

Steve Anderson (216.37.68.121)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Most bang for the buck: Super Syphon

Best time saver: Counter Flow Chiller
 

don price (65.32.41.81)
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's the freakin' serving fridge! I hate warm beer! The fermentation fridge and the kegs are tied for second.

Don
 

Michael (24.88.129.188)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 01:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My liver. :>)
 

Tacoma Brewers (67.160.108.69)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 06:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The five top necessities to homebrewing:

Grain.
Hops.
Water.
Yeast.
Carboy.
Cool Room for Fermenting.
Bottles or a keg.
Glass.

okay that's more than five...but can you imagine beer without one of those?
 

Ed Levandoski (167.206.64.66)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 02:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Travis---

Well, ok, not pennies, but pretty cheap. I tore apart my old immersion and used that copper tubing, and bought the phil phittings for 14 bucks. An old garden hose and some spare parts lying around the basement, and there you have it. I almost spent $109 at B3 for the full copper one. Glad I didn't do that. I didn't know it would be that simple...works like a charm.


Ed
 

Travis Adams (137.161.201.253)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 02:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ed - thanks - that is what I thought you meant with the fittings - but I didn't think of using my second immersion chiller for the copper parts...Good idea. Thanks!
Travis
 

Harwich Hall Of Fame (208.59.33.27)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

where did you get the phil fittings? B3?
 

Ed Levandoski (167.206.64.66)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 04:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I actually got them at the LHBS here in CT, Maltose Express. I know they have them at Northernbrewer.com, that was my second choice.

I would recommend using real hose clamps instead of those plastic ones that come with the fittings.
 

Harwich Hall Of Fame (208.59.33.27)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 04:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

one thing I don't understand about counter flow chillers is the length of the hose? how long does it have to be for your wort to reach pitching temp? doesn;t it depend on the volume, initial temp and temp of water? counter flow chillers donít seem very precise.
 

Brandon Dachel (63.238.222.190)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 05:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> doesn;t it depend on the volume, initial temp
> and temp of water?

It depends on the volumetric flow rates of the wort and the coolant, the heat transfer properties of the wort, water, and chiller, and the geometries of the surfaces.

> counter flow chillers donít seem very precise.

They don't need to be. For an infinitely long chiller, the wort temp approaches the coolant temperature. disclaimer - I don't use one. But it would seem that there is just a general length that most people use and they control how much cooling occurs by adjusting the volumetric flow rates.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 05:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yea.. ive never used a counter flow, but i see some advantages... specially the ability to inject O2 at the same time.

Im just an IC kinda guy. Only takes 15 or so mins with Colorado 50 degree tap water. And for 20 bucks i had a chiller, AND could water the flowers at the same time..;>

Plus clean up is cake...

Walt
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Harwich Hall Of Fame (208.59.33.27)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 05:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>>that there is just a general length that most people use

but what about larger volumes like 55 gallons? I was looking fo some sort of rule of thumb.
 

Doug E. Fresh (64.26.199.113)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 05:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Can't define a single piece so in order ...

1. Propane cooker / 10 gal. boil kettle
2. 10 gal. Igloo cooler mash-tun
3. ProMash
4. HBD Forums: The BB&V (aka this forum)
5. HBD Beer Recipator
6. Bottling tree
7. StarSan
8. AutoSiphon
 

Doug E. Fresh (64.26.199.113)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 05:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am kinda surprised to be the first & only one to mention this forum as a valuable brewing tool! Though - I guess it's not technically a piece of "equipment" it's pretty valuable. *sniff* *group hug!*
 

JT (24.169.131.212)
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I agree with Doug! Without this forum, I probably would have given up this hobby awhile ago. Without it, I probably wouldn't have my mashtun, manifold, propane cooker, converted keg, high temp pump, Promash, CFC, grainmill, kegging system, temp controller, Auto-Syphon, Star-San, PBW, Oxygenation system, etc....Oh yeah, almost forgot, I'll be getting a 3 faucet tower soon too.
Did I say hobby???!!!
 

Ian Forbes (64.252.3.229)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 02:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1 Super Syphon
2 Kegging Equip. (no more bottles!)
3 Chest freezer w/3 tap tower
 

Beertracker (68.12.51.22)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 08:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

  1. Bleach
 

Tom Sell (66.231.204.88)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1. Understanding Wife who supports my urge to squander our "discretionary income" on brew gadgets.
 

Wayne M (152.163.252.67)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 02:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My computer/internet connection.

It has guided me to:
The HBD Forum, My own HERMS brewrey, Ebay, The HBD Digest , RCB, The Mead Digest, Brewrats, Zymie's convoluted coil, flasks, hops, ProMash updates, recipes, online brewing friends, 10 gallon kegs, 3 gallon kegs, stir plates, stir bars, Digital thermometers, yeast banks, Ranco Controllers, propane inginters, cast iron burners, Oxygen regulator, counterflow chiller, Brewery tours, and more brewing info than I can retain in this ole brain...
 

gregory gettman (64.136.26.31)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 05:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

(1)yeast cultureing equipment, just imagine never waiting for an order of yeast again. Also I buy one yeast and then use it forever...........

(2)tap a draft, can you say I won't have to clean 60 bottles ever again?

(3)ph meter

(4) seperate fridge

(5) all you guys and the HBD
 

Greg Nolan (12.10.148.126)
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 12:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Me - Drink responsibly
 

BowtieBrewer (129.186.105.47)
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 03:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hands down, my refractometer.
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 05:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Basement whose temperature never gets above 62°F (I have no idea how you basement-less southerners keep your beer fresh).

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