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1 hour ago, Big Sarge said:

Friends, I need some quick help. My anniversary is Saturday and my wife is demanding I give her some ideas of brewing equipment. I usually just let her buy me anything but brewing stuff, but she knows where my heart is. With that said, I'm not going to ask for anything extravagant. I'm looking at ideas under $100. I have a few in mind, but can't make up my mind. I guess I'm looking for the most logical thing, if that makes sense. Here's what I'm juggling, in no particular order:

1. Anvil brewing pump. I'm not looking for anything to big, just something to help with transfers and maybe even whirl pooling (if I can figure out a noninvasive, DIY setup that doesn't require a port on my kettle)

2. Grain mill. These can obviously get up there in price, but I'm looking for something of quality at a low price (if such a thing exists). If it's absolutely stupid to buy something inexpensive, I don't need it. 

3. Stir plate. Another inexpensive version that works. Yes, I could build my own for pretty cheap, but I'm looking for something comparable that's already made. I don't have the spare computer parts laying around. An added cost would be the 2L flask, something to consider. 

 

Any help is appreciated. What makes sense to you?

 

I'd go with a quality grain crusher or maybe a 3-year AHA Membership, including the print copy of Zymurgy.  Congrats! 

 

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11 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

 

I'd go with a quality grain crusher or maybe a 3-year AHA Membership, including the print copy of Zymurgy.  Congrats! 

 

Thanks. Any recommendations on a grain crusher in the $100 range? I've seen some cheaper ones, but wouldn't mind an affirmation from someone here before committing. I'm not sure when my current AHA membership expires, but 3 more years is always a good thing!

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Happy almost anniversary, Big Sarge.

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So I continue pondering the issue at hand (it has been a slow day at work) with the following thoughts:

Has anyone seen great improvements milking their own grain? There's the obvious benefit of keeping them shelf stable a little longer when they're whole, but I got on the subject because I was worried that my last batch of grain seemed like there were some uncrushed kernels in there. It was a quick visual observation and I didn't thoroughly investigate (I was in the middle of making beer). I would like to control as many aspects of efficiency as possible, though. 

The pump would be helpful, but not necessarily needed with my current setup. I would need a whirlpool arm purchased separately and don't want to leave that up to my wife. I am able to leverage gravity for transferring otherwise. 

The stir plate would be nice, if I decide to stay with yeast starters. I'm on the fence about that one. 

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2 minutes ago, Shrike said:

Happy almost anniversary, Big Sarge.

22 years, that has to count for something lol. All of them while in the Army, too. 

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5 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

Thanks. Any recommendations on a grain crusher in the $100 range? I've seen some cheaper ones, but wouldn't mind an affirmation from someone here before committing. I'm not sure when my current AHA membership expires, but 3 more years is always a good thing!

I like the ease of use with the 2-roller NB Hull Wrecker but it actually produces more grain fines/dust than my old Corona-style mill.  I continue to "dust" the grain bag prior to mashing so I can feel better about dropping $115 on it.  Maybe we will hear from someone that opted for a 3-roller or electric mill.

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31 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I like the ease of use with the 2-roller NB Hull Wrecker but it actually produces more grain fines/dust than my old Corona-style mill.  I continue to "dust" the grain bag prior to mashing so I can feel better about dropping $115 on it.  Maybe we will hear from someone that opted for a 3-roller or electric mill.

This is about the most trusting, inexpensive 2-roller I've found. I'm not familiar with them, other than the "3 must be better than 2" mantra. I could see myself dusting the grain before mashing as a concession. 

From a practical standpoint, with what I have going on right now, do you think the grain mill is my moneymaker?

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20 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

This is about the most trusting, inexpensive 2-roller I've found. I'm not familiar with them, other than the "3 must be better than 2" mantra. I could see myself dusting the grain before mashing as a concession. 

From a practical standpoint, with what I have going on right now, do you think the grain mill is my moneymaker?

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I would opt for a model that includes the base, since your wife is paying for it and all.🍻

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33 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I would opt for a model that includes the base, since your wife is paying for it and all.🍻

I'm pretty sure I could figure out a base. I love her and all, but I dare not overextend her lol. 

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Main grain tote- 33lbs combo of Briess 2 row, Maris Otter, Golden Promise, and Pilsen. Plus 5lb of wheat, 5lb Munich, and 3 lb of Vienna.

Didn't hurt to take the inventory but I was looking for flaked wheat and oats for a batch of Wit. Apparently about out of flaked wheat, which I found in a smaller storage box but not enough for my recipe.

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And with that, brewing at Copper State with my Dad is scheduled! Super excited. Probably wont even hit me until im walking in. 

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