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Skotrat
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Post Number: 2228
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Posted on Sunday, October 01, 2006 - 07:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alrighty,

Let's see the best of the best when it comes to home made or commercially available Homebrew products/gadgets
"Anger is a Gift"
 

Paul Hayslett
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Post Number: 1126
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Posted on Sunday, October 01, 2006 - 07:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

World's ugliest immersion chiller: http://hbd.org/discus/messages/366/15111.html?1141692277 This is what happens when you drink multiple imperial stouts when designing and building homebrew equipment.
Vegetables aren't food. Vegetables are what food eats.
 

Joakim Ruud
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Post Number: 390
Registered: 10-2005
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>World's ugliest immersion chiller

I respectfully disagree
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 443
Registered: 11-2003
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Posted on Sunday, October 01, 2006 - 08:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Handy Remote Control Especially after the brew day.

http://msnusers.com/micksbrewery/brewery.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=4
Love This Hobby!

http://msnusers.com/micksbrewery
 

dhacker
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Post Number: 439
Registered: 11-2002
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A gadget no homebrewer should be without.

The cheaper the better. Oh . . and make 'em white.




9 days, 23 hours, 29 minutes, 33 seconds
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Post Number: 2609
Registered: 02-2003
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my fave is my fan blade mash stirrer. Dough in only takes 10 seconds

http://www.bellybuster.netfirms.com/gadgets_and_gizmos.htm

(Message edited by canman on October 02, 2006)
Bellybuster Bob
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Mike A.
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Post Number: 153
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Two of my favorite commercial gadgets are the Wort Wizard and Mix-Stir aerator.
 

Flobey
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I'd second the wort wizard, and also add a Super Siphon to the list. While I loved the Autosiphon, I found them too fragile for my environment.

Enter the Super Siphon. No plastic to break, and very easy to sanitize.

http://www.baproducts.com/siphon.htm

Can be purchased from a HBS here: http://www.homebrewheaven.com
 

FrugalBrewer
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Plate Chillers, especially for large batches.

I have the Shirron and love it, cut hours off of my previous immersion chilling method.
 

Vance Barnes
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I second Floby on the Super Siphon. I've got one of the original SS ones from Australia that was advertised in BT. Lowes has the copper verison in their pump section. A brewer friend actually made some using copper reducer fittings, a marble , and one of the plastic X tile spacer pieces. Worked just as good as the original.

For homemade it's my gear motor driven HLT mixer I made. No more 10 degree stratification in the HLT.

(Message edited by vancebarnes on October 02, 2006)
 

Sand
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"cut hours off of my previous immersion chilling method."

Hours? Man, that could make for a long brew day.
 

Jeff Preston
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I'll vote for my Therminator plate chiller. Just love the thing.
 

Bob Wall
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Post Number: 295
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I have to agree with Jeff on the Therminator, but I also have the Fermenator and Beer Gun and Those are pretty friggin cool too.


Give a man a beer and he'll waste an hour. Teach a man to brew and he'll waste a lifetime.
 

Geoff Buschur
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I will step out of the scope of this thread slightly, but I think I will wrap it up with the intent Skot had.

I love my Therminator and Beer Gun.

Pantyhose is great for keg hopping.

SS mesh makes a great drain manifold for both MT and BK.

SS aeration stones and O2.

Forward sealing faucets.

Check valves on CO2 manifold.

StarSan.

5.2

Lab calibrated thermometer.

Refractometer.

Promash.

Conical fermenters.

Digital external temp controllers.

You simply cannot go wrong with any Blichmann product or Five Star product.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

ELK
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Post Number: 1715
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sad thing is that I know what everything on Geoffs list is!!
sounds like a serous brewing toy guy!

Better be carefull using this phrase.
"Pantyhose is great for keg hopping."
Rip them lips!
 

dhacker
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Post Number: 446
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 02:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know this is an outdated method for rating a post, but for Geoff's . . .



8 days, 20 hours, 13 minutes, 49 seconds
 

Pacman
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"Pantyhose is great for keg hopping."

Nothing beats a great pair of leggs....
Damn Brewing's Fun!!!! Kölsch Krusader!
 

Chumley
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Post Number: 4366
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Since it got mentioned on the "World's Worst Brewing Gadgets", I thought I would mention it here...the Phil's Phalse Bottom. When I first bought one in 1993 or so, it enabled me to go to all-grain, after building (and swearing at) a Zapap. And Dan's pamphlet, "Wanna Mash?" was very informative, too.

I used that system for over 10 years before I finally upgraded, but back in the days before Palmer's book and the internet, it served me well, and I brewed some excellent beers without it ever phloating once.
 

Dan Listermann
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Careful, Chumley, "You Know Who" reads this stuff. . .

Dan

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Dan Mourglea
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Username: Cataclysmbrewer

Post Number: 541
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Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 07:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

why not just a thank you. . .


(can't we all just get along. . .)
 

John Baer
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DM,
Dan only knows how to play the poor me card.

JB
 

Dan Listermann
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Again, John, your insight is always appreciated.

Dan

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John Thompson
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Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 02:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hmmmm. who'd have ever guessed where this thread would go???? Definately Promash

(Message edited by jt100 on October 03, 2006)
 

Ken Anderson
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Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1730
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Scott, you left this hanging on a snag. I like it.
 

Tim Wi
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Nothing beats a great pair of leggs....

Maybe so... but I can think of some things that come in pairs that are contenders...

Great gadget...

March 809 pump

T
 

Steve Sampson
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Post Number: 256
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How much are pantyhose? For some reason the $0.30 that I pay for hop bags, DOES NOT justify putting womens garments into my beer! But feel free to do as you please, pansies!

For me the best is the counterflow chiller, be it plate, or copper tube.
 

Ken Anderson
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My "can't live without" gizmo is the electric hoist for handling 10 gallon batches. It makes it a breeze.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

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The main difference is that the $0.30 hop bags are made from a very loose mesh that will not contain hop pellets or other fine hop material.

Second, the grocery/drug store is much more convenient than the LHBS.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Geoff Buschur
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My above list forgot to mention step-less or Oetiker claps. A must for CO2 lines.

Good to see Pacman fell of the wagon and is back in the brewing spirit!
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Liquidbreaddiet
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edited because i answered my own question

(Message edited by liquidbreaddiet on October 03, 2006)
i've been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding!!!
 

ScottDeW
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Careful with that Super Siphon.

I blew a hole in the bottom of a carboy with one of those. It was great being the Little Dutch Boy while the beer, a stout as I recall, drained from the damaged vessel.

As for best, I'm going to have to go with the chest freezer.
Scott
http://texanbrew.com
 

Drew Pattison
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Best: Temp Controller (Ranco, Johnson, etc)

Also good: brewing software (promash) and a pump for transfering large quantities of hot liquid.
 

Randy Ricchi
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With regard to Chumley's comment about the phalse bottom "phloating, I've used one (still do)for over 14 years and I've never had a problem with it. Hmmm,,,,has anyone ever heard of the phrase "user error"?
 

Geoff Buschur
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I forgot about to mention foam control and March Pump (high temp of course).
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Pacman
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How much are pantyhose? For some reason the $0.30 that I pay for hop bags, DOES NOT justify putting womens garments into my beer! But feel free to do as you please, pansies!

Put them into beer?!?!!?!? I've been wearing them while brewing.. am I doing something wrong?????

I'd have to say my favorite gadget so far is my refractometer...
Damn Brewing's Fun!!!! Kölsch Krusader!
 

tim roth
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pansies?
I brew with pantyhose! Yah, used ones! They were worn by.........Morgan Fairchild. Yah, that's the ticket. Yah, cheers, tim
You know I'm on the level because, my bubble is in the middle.
 

Tom Burk
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I get my hose from the local strip club. Not much flavor, somewhat fishy aroma. Should I not use the the whole panty hose? Would a longer boil decrease aroma?
 

Tom Burk
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I do like my super syphon and starsan. Temp controlers have also been a great help.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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sankes for fermenting and lets not forget the best gadget of all....the internet....great info and entertainment too
Bellybuster Bob
www.bellybuster.netfirms.com
 

dhacker
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I get my hose from the local strip club. Not much flavor, somewhat fishy aroma. Should I not use the the whole panty hose? Would a longer boil decrease aroma?

 

ChriSto
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Hasn't been mentioned yet so I'll throw in my digital scale. I quit doing a "handful of this" and a "pinch of that".
 

Dan Listermann
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I make regular use of my "Thief" winethief. I shudder to think what I would have to go through to take samples without it.

Dan

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Doug Pescatore
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Turkey Fryer
 

Bill Moore
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My best of list:

Convoluted Copper CFC
March high temp pump
Electronic temp controller
Refractometer
Electronic digital scales
Promash
BeerGun
Forward sealing faucets
Converted freezer serving system
Sightglass on HLT
Weldless fittings
1/2" Auto-Siphon
 

HEU Brewer
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Username: Heu_brewer

Post Number: 199
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Copper manifold
the small diameter keg pickup tube brush
I second the turkey frier and......

Corney Keg!
 

Bill Walton
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Maybe this is being too obvious, but no one has mentioned corny kegs yet. I probably would have quit years ago if I would have had to bottle everything I brewed.

BW
 

Skotrat
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yes!

Definitely... I remember how much I hated bottling everytime I have to even bottle a few beers.

Kegging changed my brewing life for the better

-Scott
"Anger is a Gift"
 

Mike A.
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The best homemade gadget I use is my draft line cleaner made from a 1-gal garden fertilizer sprayer. Just added a 1/4" MFL to the tubing and then I can easily hook it up and run cleaner/sanitizer through the beer lines. Much easier to me than using a pressurized corny.
 

HEU Brewer
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Gotya Bill by about 3/4 of an hour
 

Jeff Preston
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Good call Bill, corney kegs are the absolute best addition to my brewing arsenal. BBB is also on the money with the sankey kegs as fermentors.
 

el_mocoso
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where's the Mexichiller?

anybody have a link to that classic thread?

el
el_mocoso
 

kev reh
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Already been mentioned, but I'll second:

- Pro Mash
- Digital scale (from ebay)
- Super Siphon
- And going from bottles to corny's.

Funny thing is that I finally bought a march pump, but havent been using it the last few batches. Not having a permanant setup makes for more setup (and a snakepit of hoses).
 

Cory Kelm
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Pump-n-seal. A $7 gadget that pumps the air from 1/2 pint to 1/2 gallon size glass fruit jars that I store various grains and hops in. It punches a tiny hole in the jar lids and uses a small bandaid type sticky seal over the hole. I think it came with about 75 seals. It sure cuts down on trips to the LHBS. By storing home grown hops in the freezer and under vacuum they easily stay good until next years harvest. The jars remain resealable even after many openings.