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

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What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?

I bought the First-Time Brewer's Starter Kit from Midwest Supply and enjoyed the process quite a bit. While the kit has the essentials for extract brewing, I know there are lots of things I can get to ...
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Rust in a plastic fermenter?

I've got a 6 gallon plastic fermenter - one of those food-grade plastic buckets Midwest gives you in the starter kit. I guess after our last brew, my brother and I carelessly tossed the remains of our ...
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Autosiphon not sealing

While racking beer to kegs today, my autosiphon started leaking air. Bubbles started at the bottom, and went throughout the tube. I assume that this is due to a poor seal between the pump portion ...
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Avoiding excessive soot on brew kettles

Are there any secret tricks to avoiding an exorbitant amount of soot on the brew kettle after the boil? We have been making all grain batches recently using a 20 gallon stock pot and a propane ...
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What are the exact dimensions/specs of the fittings on a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler?

I have a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler for Pin-Lock type Cornelius Kegs. I'm trying to find the exact specs on both the 1/4 MFL and the inside (female) threads, where it connects to the ...
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Is this beerstone or something else? White haze in my kettle.

I recently moved. As part of the move, I changed my brewing process and went back to using my old brew pot (instead of an electric turkey fryer) and started using filtered tap water instead of ...
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The right first kit?

I've seen a lot of kits and adds online to brew your own beer, but they don't seem all that easy or great. And any suggestions on what kit(s) to start with? How much should I plan to spend to get ...
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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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Can I heat a starter in an erlenmeyer flask on an electric stove?

My dad found an old Kimax (26500) 1000mL Erlenmeyer flask that has been in his attic for the last 30 or so years and gave it to me. I'd like to start using this to make starters, in conjunction with ...
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Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?

My brewing buddy asked me this the other night. I've accumulated a lot of stuff over just an 18 month brew career. Not all of it useful. I know it's subjective, but I'd be very interested to hear ...
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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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Recommendations for scaling up operations

Right now I brew once month. This gets me to 60-72 gallons of delicious wine or beer per year. But the limit for home brewers in the US is 200 gallons per year per household. To reach that with 5 ...
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DIY Racking cane / Auto-siphon

I can't seem to find a local supplier that stocks a racking cane or siphon in my area so I'd like to have a go at making my own. I could find an online supplier but most US stores won't ship to AU ...
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Indoor-alternatives to kitchen stove

I am a kitchen-brewer doing 5 gls all-grain batches and am frustrated because the kitchen stove is lacking the last bit of power to yield a nice rolling boil. Are there any indoor-alternatives to the ...
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bottle filling without a rapid bottler

I'm about to bottle my first coopers home brew and i dont have a rapid bottler. Can I pour it straight from the tap or will I have problems?
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What supplies to bring to a beer festival?

At the risk of being flagged off-topic, as this is a bit tangential to actual brewing and fermentation... It's Spring, and the beer festival season isn't exactly in "full-swing" yet, but I don't know ...
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Can glass carboy be used for both beer and wine making?

This last summer, my Dad showed my brother and I the process for making wine that he learned from his Dad. It was pretty simple and used a 5 or 6 gallon glass carboy. I've made a few batches of beer ...
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Adding oak chips to a carboy

I use bourbon-soaked oak chips in my scotch ale. My last batch got infected, but that's another story. I want to add the chips to a carboy, as I'll be aging it for over a month. It's easier to add ...
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How to tell the difference between corny keg posts?

I got the liquid (black) connector very stuck on to my keg, to the point where the plastic broke when trying to pull it off. I'm guessing it's because I mixed up the little posts after removing them ...
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What equipment do I need to start brewing into 5L kegs?

I have just bought a 5L kegerator system for my office & would like to start bringing my homebrew in. What do I need to get started? Can I re-use purchased 5L kegs or are there any retailers ...
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Why should I start lagering?

I'm contemplating my next brew equipment purchase, and it's likely to be a chest freezer, either for lagering or for converting into a kegerator. I know some of the things I've heard, but what are ...
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Good food-grade electric pump for transferring wort?

I need a pump to use for transferring wort from a 55 gallon drum. Do you have any recommendations?
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Letting the gas out of a keg

I'm new to this homebrewing, made a mistake and wondering the consequences of my actions. I have just completed the first week of fermentation and now have moved over to a plastic keg supplied with ...
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Benefit to smaller bottles?

Im about to bottle my first 5 gal batch that i have made in a while, and am considering buying some 22oz bottles to try to reduce the amount of time i spend cleaning bottles, but am wondering if the ...
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What do I need to refurbish a corny keg?

What do I need to prepare a used corny keg (picked up at a flea market say) for brewing? Should I replace the seals? Do I need a special tool to remove the posts? What products and techniques ...
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Propane v. Natural Gas

I just moved to a home where there is natural gas being piped into the garage for a garage heater. I was thinking of re-tooling my burners with jet/orifices that can handle the lower pressure of the ...
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Which material for a manifold in a converted cooler mash tun?

I've been using a stainless braid for the last 3 years or so in my Igloo Ice Cube cooler. Despite my being careful, it has gotten compressed in a couple of places over the years, and I'd like to ...
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Carboy Cap vs. Stopper

Is one better than the other? Why? Carboy Cap: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/3-5-6-gall-carboy-cap-orange.html vs. Stopper: ...
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Why do my airlocks lose liquid?

This has happened with a few batches now. My three-piece airlocks are drained of the sani inside them repeatedly. Even after a few days, when fermentation doesn't seem as rapid (and therefore the ...
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How to brew less than 5 gallons at a time?

I recently moved into a smaller apartment and no longer have the space for my 6.5 and 5 gallon carboys. Do people sell smaller carboys than this? I know Mr. Beer would be small enough, but I'd ...
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What is a wort chiller?

Should I use a wort chiller, and what are the advantages of doing so?
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How to transport homebrew

I'm in the process of brewing several carboys of beer to serve at my wedding in a few months. The catch is that the wedding is on the other side of the country. I'm planning on taking a few days to ...
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How to measure wort oxygenation

As a follow-up to a couple of other questions: How to Properly Oxygenate Wort Wort aeration on a budget How do you measure oxygenation of wort? What methods are available for a beginner brewer ...
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My beers are with a slight acid taste after the few first sips. What could be wrong?

So far I have brewed 5 times. First went perfect, though it was the first time I was using my kit and the grains were already ground. Second and third batches went wrong. My concern is with the last ...
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Wort aeration on a budget

To aerate my wort I have been using a whisk, but i am worried about contamination. What are other more effective ways to aerate wort without spending too much money?
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How to brew all-grain indoors

I've been brewing with extracts and specialty grains for two years now, and I want to step up to all-grain brewing. From what I understand, it's important to get a full boil when brewing all-grain and ...
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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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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 ...
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Carbonating Kegs In Quantity

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to build a rig to carbonate multiple corny kegs at one time? I currently have a high pressure CO2 line in my beer fridge so that I can carbonate one that is ...
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What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?

I'm completely captivated by www.theelectricbrewery.com, love their directions, and have ordered the parts, so I'll have my experience soon, but what is your experience with selecting hot water heater ...
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What are some popular methods for measuring boil and HLT volume?

Particularly during lautering and during a boil, I have a hard time keeping track of water/wort volume. What method(s) and equipment do you all recommend for accurately calculating liquid volume ...
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How do you insulate a cooler based mash tun?

I have a Coleman 70 Quart Xtreme cooler that I've modified for my mash tun. I seem to be losing a lot of heat out the top. Are there any good ways to insulate it to help prevent heat loss?
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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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What material should I make my brew paddle with?

I've been using the cheap plastic spoon that you'll typically find at your local homebrew store. It's pretty terrible when it comes to agitating my mash tun. Heat + Resistance = Bent plastic spoon. ...
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What equipment do I need to start making mead?

What equipment do I need to start making mead at home?
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What equipment do I need to starting making wine?

What equipment do I need to start making wine at home?
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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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How often do people replace their plastic brewing components?

I recently threw out my racking cane, it was turning cloudy and there was a piece of trub stuck in it that I couldn't get out for the life of me. I remember the lady at a LHBS telling me you should ...
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Are bottle brushes necessary?

I've always bottled my beers (haven't invested in a kegging setup yet), and I've never once used a bottle brush. I simply soak my bottles in OxyClean to clean them, give them a shake, then rinse, ...
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Is there a standard siphoning hose size?

We have a hose that fits some of our equipment (bottle filler wand) but it is loose on both the racking cane and auto siphon. Is there a standardized size for this equipment or does it vary?