The various hardware items for producing beer or wine. Includes buckets, carboys, kegs, hoses, airlocks, etc.

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Spigots: What's the consensus

I like to use an ale pail with a spigot for my secondary. It makes it super easy to test the gravity before actually bottling/kegging/etc. However, that sort of installation in plastic can open the ...
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Can I use my Country Living Grain Mill for homebrewing?

I already own a Country Living Grain Mill for making flour and want to start crushing my own grain for my homebrew. Will this style of mill work for homebrew or should I buy a mill specially for ...
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Aluminium boil pots: Heresy or not?

Are aluminium pots acceptable as boil vessels? They're cheap, but I've heard they can produce off-flavors. Any experiences with them?
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Johnson A419 BLE/WiFi Modification

I'm a software engineer who just bought a Johnson A419. I have a Nest thermostat. Naturally, if I can control and monitor my house temps with my iDevices, why not my fermentation? I'd like to hack ...
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What are the differences between mashing and steeping grains in preparation

What is the difference between mashing and steeping grains in terms of preparation style or is "mashing" and "steeping" just word semantics?
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How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller?

I am trying to set up an Sestos D1S temperature controller. Initially, just to see if it works at all, I am trying to use it to control the temperature of my kettle. I've wired it all up correctly so ...
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How to make more beer than I can boil?

I will soon need to buy some more equipment, but I want to think it a little bit what I really need to buy and in the meantime I will try some workaround. I was thinking of brewing mash/extract ...
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What is the benefit of a 3 tier system?

I see a lot of people with the 3 tier brewing system. What is the benefit and What are the different levels for? This system is what I am referencing.
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Bottle drying after sanitisation?

When sanitising and using a bottle tree, should I wait for bottles to dry completely or can I use them just rinsed? The Youngs sanitiser I'm using says items should be used within 1 hour of being ...
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Necessary to clean bottle tree?

So I recently purchased a bottle tree (not sure how I went so long without one) for drying/storing my sanitized bottles. Is it is overkill to sanitize the bottle tree in sanitizing solution as well? ...
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Marking your brew pot?

I have a new stainless steel brew pot and it doesn't have any quantity markings. How do you recommend marking each gallon? I tried to make an indent but it's not very noticeable, any ideas?
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Control Products 9102D Temperature Controller won't go below 50 degrees?

So I got a dual stage controller (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057APR3I/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to hook up to a keezer that I am making. I got it wired up today and was ...
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How to calculate the minimum vessel sizes for all grain brewing

Background: Brewing in an kitchenette with limited storage space All Grain brewing, extracts are not available around here I'm looking at BIAB also, but want to have the traditional 3 vessels setup ...
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Airlock Alternatives

Imagine that brew-day rolls around and you find yourself without an airlock for your carboy or bucket. What other things can you use in it's stead? Further imagine that you do not have the ...
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Is tin safe on the mash?

A friend is building a manifold and the copper connections he bought have a bit of tin (Sn) on it, supposedly to make the solder easier. He is not going to solder them so the tin will remain in ...
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Kettle lid with hole in it

I always boil with the lid off my kettles (2 pots). But I've been thinking lately about the design of commercial kettles. It seems that to more closely match a commercial boil, I should put about a ...
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Open-Fermented or Native Yeast Beers

I've always been very careful about control and sanitation with beer. But with my wine I do some native yeast Pinots, and some friends of mine are into the same with beers- they like funky, ...
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What materials are good for mashing/boiling container

What material are good for mashing/boiling. I think stainless steel and copper are good, what about aluminum and enamel?
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Can I use nylon stockings as a hop-bag in wort?

I was thinking of using some nylon stockings as a hop-bag for dry hopping in my fermentor. Are they safe to use or will they be degraded by the wort?
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How to sparge with a inner mash cylinder?

I have bought a BeerMaker 30 and now I wonder how to do the sparging so that I get the clearest wort possible. The issue for me is, that I have a steel cylinder that goes into my electric ...
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Kettle volume measurements

Eventually there comes a time where just boiling 6 gallons for 60 minutes and taking it on faith that you have 5 gallons left doesn't cut it anymore. What tools can I use to measure the volume in the ...
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Corny keg fermentors

I had been thinking about using a couple corny kegs as fermentors. Maybe even trimming up some dip tubes to be able to CO2 push finished beer out of the kegs to clean serving kegs. Here are some of ...
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Pro Mash Tun design

I was wondering if anyone had a link to a graphic of what the typical profesional mash tun is like. Specifically I was wondering if the majority of professional scaled mash tuns draw from underneath ...
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Quick disconnects - cheap alternatives?

I'm looking to get some 1/2" NPT & barbed quick-disconnect fittings for my little brewery, making it easier to break down and clean, as well as give me some flexibility in what I'm sending where. ...
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Bottle Sizes Smaller than 12 Ounces?

Has anyone ever seen 8oz bottles anywhere? I was asked if I could bottle a batch of homebrew in smaller bottles so it could be given out as gifts to more people. I can't seem to find anything ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Equipment Storage

Given the limited space of an apartment, what tips do you have for storing your equipment? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the first question in a series of discussions about ...
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Plastic or Glass

Plastic or Glass fermentors? (Lets keep stainless steel out of this debate for now) Each has ups and downs. What are the main differences for the following aspects: Shapes and configurations Heat ...
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Got first 2 kegs and need advice

I just bought two 15.5 gallon kegs yesterday from a local brewery that is closing its doors. They asked for $15 each so there was no way I could pass them up. They are in great condition. I would ...
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Brew In A Bag one-gallon batch?

I'd like to try homebrewing, and I've read a great deal about the process, but I will have more time than money (I'm about to graduate from college). It seems like most people buy a lot of equipment ...
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What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
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Do glass bottles weaken over time?

I bottle to flip top 750 ml bottles. Should I keep using the same ones forever, or do they weaken over time, and I should get a new set some day? I'm not extremely careful with them, I often clean ...
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Why add a tee next to the pump?

I've seen it recommended in several places to add a tee in the pipe next to the pump used for transferring hot wort. What is the point of this / what benefits do you get? Does the tee go on the input ...
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I boiled my PVC thermometer probe - health concerns?

I have a digital thermometer with a probe. The probe is stainless steel but the cable and probe housing are apparently made of PVC. In my last brew I just submerged the whole probe in the boiler ...
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Is an immersion chiller really necessary?

I have been reading here about immersion, counterflow and plate chillers and they don't seem to chill the wort much faster than my current method; ice. Many people have stated that their chillers ...
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Benefits and drawbacks to different tubing types?

We're making some big upgrades to our homebrew system and one of them involves moving everything to 1/2" fittings and barbs. This means we need 1/2" tubing that will easily and reliably fit on the ...
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Best Crown Capper

Just capped my first batch of beer (Wohoo!). When I invested in my equipment though, I think I was a bit too frugal with my capping tool - I have a hammer on crown capper. It seems to have done the ...
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Looking for a specific fitting

I bought a blichmann therminator, and I want to hook up stainless camlock/ groove 1/2" nipples to all 4 "openings". Problem is, the coolant line in/ out are 3/4" GHT, which, while I understand why ...
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pH Meters and measuring mash pH for the first time

So I've been doing all grain for quite some time now, but I've always "winged it" in regards to my water chemistry. I've been using a mix of Reverse Osmosis and Spring water, which gives good results ...
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Bag-in-box packaging

Is it suitable for beer "bottling" or would the pressure tear it apart? If it's suitable it could be really useful since it can contain a large quantity of liquid with low package weight.
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Buying equipment in bulk

If one wanted to buy homebrew equipment in bulk, is there a way to go straight to the distributor? Bypass the LHBS / Northern Brewer / etc., and buy straight from the supplier? IF so, does anyone know ...
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What is a stir plate?

What is the function of a stir plate when making a yeast starter? Does it drastically improve the starter process?
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Can a water heater element be installed in a conduit punched hole?

I'm thinking I want to build myself a kettle with a heater, a valve and a cooling coil. So four holes. probably, two different sizes Perusing the electricbrewery.com site, they stress the need to use ...
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Mash tun: slotted false bottom?

Would a slotted false bottom prevent uniform compaction better than a perforated false bottom? See this model: http://www.homebrewing.org/12-Stainless-Steel-Domed-False-Bottom_p_1058.html I'm ...
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What makes a brew bucket food grade?

This question usually pops up in my head every time I step into Home Depot and see all the orange buckets around. What makes a bucket food grade?
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How should I design my new home brewing space?

I am moving into a new house, and the garage in the back garden is just screaming out to be converted into a home brewery. I realise planning a brewing space depends on a lot of specifics (space ...
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Cold Break with a False Bottom

Historically, I've cooled my wort with a immersion chiller and siphoned it off to the carboy once it gets down to a reasonable temperature. I recently installed a false bottom and ball valve. This ...
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What is the minimum amount of equipment to dabble in All-Grain?

What is the minimum amount of equipment I need to have to brew very simple all-grain recipes? Bonus points for cheap & easy-to-find equipment. I'd like to go all-grain eventually, but for the time ...
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Basic equipment needed for all grain brewing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the minimum amount of equipment to dabble in All-Grain? I'm considering working on my first all-grain brew batch. What are the bare essentials of equipment to do ...