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

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Do I need additional equipment for kits with hops?

I am looking for a kit for my second brew. My first was simply a can, some added DME and the yeast that came with the can, and it turned out pretty well. My one complaint was that it wasn't quite ...
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Airlocks and long term unsupervised fermentation

I would like to start leaving beer and mead in secondary at a location that I may not be able to get to on a regular basis (sometimes not for several weeks) and have a few questions for anyone who ...
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New All Grain Setup

I've been brewing extract kits for a while and I think it's time to go to all grain brewing, but I don't exactly know what to buy. I have the book How To Brew and it shows a basic setup, but I'd like ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I use this Digital Temperature Controller?

For my birthday, I asked my sister for a Digital Temperature Controller. Rather than buy the one from Norther Brewer, I found what I thought was a better deal from Pex Supplies. However, it looks like ...
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Temperature Probe placement on brew kettle

I have the opportunity to get some hardware for my Keggle and I am looking at a weldless sight glass with a T shape that will allow me to screw on a thermo probe compression fitting. If I buy it I ...
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Fermenter head space and airlock hole

Hi folks I'm after a bit of advice as its my first time doing home brew I'm using Wilkos dark velvet stout. As it states on the tin to make 40 pints fill, to 23 litres. Now I have a 23 litre ...
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Looking to get a new grain mill and want some advice

Long story long, I live next to a "brew on premise" and have always used their mill (barley crusher) to mill my grains. But now I am moving and time to grow up and get my own, does anyone have advice ...
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How to ferment 15-gallon batches

It's probably a simple solution, but I'm planning on making the jump to AG very shortly and, having only done 5-gallon batches in the past, am wondering what is the easiest way to ferment a full ...
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Is normal PVC tubing okay for a racking tube?

I'm having a few issues finding food-grade plastic tubing to use a racking tube. Is normal clear PVC tubing that you'd get at a hardware store okay for this? (Once it's been sterilized etc of course) ...
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What characteristics should a bucket have to be suitable for a mash tun?

Does it need to have anything special or any food-grade bucket would do?
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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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How big do the holes need to be in a Zapap style Mash/Lauter Tun?

I'm looking to make one of the mash tuns out of a plastic bucket. I find instructions like "drill a bazillion holes into the bottom with a small drill bit". How small? Is there a size that's too ...
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Which size auto siphon to empty a 5 or 6.5 gallon carboy?

I got an auto siphon as a gift recently. Unfortunately, it only reaches about half-way down into the carboy. All the brew supply sites and the fermtech site, itself, aren't exactly clear about the ...
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Carboy versus 2nd Bucket

What are the benefits in using a carboy for a secondary, rather than just using another 5 gallon bucket? I'm just curious because carboys are a pain in the behind to clean properly, and other than ...
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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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Can a Johnson A419 control both a heater and cooler, or is a single-mode?

I just recieved a Johnson A419 digital temperature controller, but I think I was mistaken in my expectations. I was under the impression I could plug both a heater and cooler into the controller; ...
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Kegging at basement temperature

I am a novice at kegging. I don't have room for a kegerator or chest freezer so I simply keg at basement temperature. My basement is currently 69 F and I've had 5 gallons of tripel on pressure for 3 ...
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Carboy dimensions

What are the dimensions of a 5.5 and 6 gallon standard glass carboy?
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Can Lactobacillus ferment solely with table sugar?

I'd like to create an anaerobic ferment with just lactobacillus (i.e. no yeast), table sugar and water. Is this possible or would I have to add anything else to help the Lactobacillus ferment?
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How would I go about creating a custom starter culture?

I'm interested in creating my own starter cultures. I've found a few facilities which offer to create probiotic formulations, in exact amounts, by kg and density but I would rather start with a ...
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plastic storage for bottles

I just found out that roaches harbor in cardboard boxes. Not to mention that cardboard breaks down easily when filled with damp, freshly sanitized bottles. Does anyone have suggestions for plastic ...
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Brew stand recommendations

My buddy and I are looking to upgrade to a 20 gallon brew stand, and I'm looking for recommendations between buying a full setup, which brand, or making one ourselves.
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Checking for CO2 leaks

If you have an at home draft system, how do you check for leaks in the CO2 side of the set up? How often do you need to check for leaks?
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What are the simple things i should be careful about (like bleach) for my first time brewing?

I'm planning to make my first batch within the next couple of days and was checking what all thing i should not OVERDO (like bleach sanitation). Should i be careful before i cap my bottle (i don't ...
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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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Trouble with flat beer. Everything seems perfect and a few bottles always turn out great. very few! Please help

So my brother in law are in the midst of our 4th batch. Of our first batch ( a 5 gallon brew) probably 2 bottles turned out. These bottles were spectacular great carbonation, retention etc. The ...
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How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?

I have used a Mr. Beer kit two times now with acceptable success. I want to move to the next level. Can someone tell me the best kit to buy and a good book for starting?
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Capper indents bottle cap. Is this ok?

I have a standard, hand held bottle capper and when I am using it I am getting indentations in the cap. The larger problem is that I am having issues with inconsistent carbonation and want to ...
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Turn Bottling Bin into a Mash Tun?

If I attach a removable mesh filter to hold back the grains and I properly insulate the entire bottling bin, can I dual wield it as a bottler and as a mashing tun? What benefits are there to having ...
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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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Where are MillerCoors Light Home Draft units available?

MillerCoors used to sell Coors Light Home Draft and Miller Light Home Draft "kegs" at my local grocery store, but I have not seem them in a long time. The reason I ask is because these units are ...
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airtight bin for bulk grain

We are having a really hard time finding a truly airtight bin large enough to keep at least 50 lbs of bulk grain in. Does anyone have any suggestions? We keep our grains in the shed and want to keep ...
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Cooler mash tun: prevent leaks from faucet

I've add some mishaps with my standard Coleman-based mash tun, and I'm now left with a hole where the faucet was (some wort went inside the insulation, but I'd like to believe it won't impact ...
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HERMS waterproof hole in heat exchanger

I'm in the initial phase of my HERMS project, and I'm struggling to come up with an elegant solution to waterproofing the hole where my copper pipe will enter the hot liquor tank. Ideally I'd like ...
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Food Grade Steel Drums

I'm thinking about buying some a HUGE Blue food grade steel drums, which is either painted or enameled.If I correctly modify them, will these be okay for FV, Mashing Tubs, Boil Kettle, Strike Boiler? ...
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Clean kegged, put back together wrong

I recently brewed my second batch of 2x 5 gallon beers. The first time, kegs were recently reconditioned and so I did a quick clean and filled them up. This time, being some time later, I went ahead ...
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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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Heat spreaders on electric elements

I use electric kettle and hlt, the issue I keep having is that the brews keep coming out darker than I want. This went unnoticed when brewing stouts and bitters, but I have tried a couple of very pale ...
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Push fit auto close valve connector required

This is a question about gear more than brewing, per se... I'm wondering if a particular component exists... I'm trying to find a connector suitable for my system that will allow me to disconnect my ...
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How to tell volume of liquid in a Keggle without a sight glass?

I recently got a 15.5 keggle from AIH and I'm wondering how I could provide markings for my liquid volume other than a sight glass. I've seen some ideas about marking a mash paddle or a flat tip ...
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Starting out with fruit wine?

I have never brewed, but I am playing with the thought of starting to make fruit wines. While I can get very good alcohol of other categories, fruit wines are rare, and some types are not sold here at ...
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Filtering my batches (no dead fishes)

I have had a couple of cloudy batches recently, both tasted as intended, so no contamination. This has caused me to consider filtration, I have a 100l kit with a pump so could use plate filters or ...
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Beer Smith 2 Equipment settings.

Just got Beer Smith 2 and I was wondering if anyone has done equipment profiles and could give me some pointers on where to start. Prost
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Will my airlock problem ruin my wine?

I'm brewing a Barolo wine which is now stabilizing in a carboy with a bubble airlock fitted, the water from the airlock is being drawn into the carboy. Is this normal ? If not how can I stop this ? ...
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Boil kettle from plastic fermentation bin

Can a plastic fermentation bin be modified with a heater element to make a strike-water heater or a boil-kettle?
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What Beer Line or Hose Size Fits the Cornelius/Corny Keg Barbed Quick Disconnects?

I'm needing hoses to run to and from my barbed ball-lock quick disconnect on my cornelius keg. Which diameter should I be getting? Do I need reinforced hoses? Answer: 1/4" (6mm) Inner ...