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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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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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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What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew?

One of the great perks of homebrewing is the ability to reuse, rather than just recycle the bottles that come into your house. You just soak off the labels and re-use! All bottles are not created ...
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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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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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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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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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Malt mill gap adjustment

The nature of my work is such that i have all the materials and tools to make a mill so i am not intrested on buying one.I want to know if there is a standard gap between the rollers for all type of ...
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Should I buy two buckets?

There is a sale on homebrew equipment at the moment, and I am adding things to my basket to mimic a starter kit. One thing that I notice is that the kits come with a single fermentation bucket. ...
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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 ...
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Improving Your Brewing Significantly

I made this wiki to allow folks to post what upgrades in process or equipement really take one's beer brewing to the next level. The bottle-necks to better and better brewing if you will. (This was ...
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What are the best online hombrew retailers in Australia?

I've been looking for good homebrew ingredient and equipment retailers in Australia and would like some recommendations. If you have recommendations for online retailers that have the follow qualities ...
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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Choosing a good refrigerator/freezer for kegerator conversion

Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll ...
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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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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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Cask beer at home

Anyone have a good source for getting smaller versions of a firkin for home use? I am interested in casking some beer at home for parties and special occasions. Are there any good links out there for ...
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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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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...
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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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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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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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What equipment do I need to start making mead?

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