We have a retail shop and are dead at christmas so we celebrate in January. The missus is asking for gift ideas and I am wondering if I should ask for a brew toy. Not much comes to mind though. I batch sparge with a by the book Denny cheap and easy cooler. I have a really good rheostat thermometer and do gravity with a hydometer. I ferment in 8 gallon buckets and bottle and rack using a basic cane. Not interested in kegging.
I aerate using a drill and a paint paddle and make my starters using the vigorous shaking method. I’m generally happy with the results from both and am therefore not really interested in a stir plate or oxygenation system. I also have a good immersion chiller. Don’t brew enough to need a mill and am happy using existing recipes so not looking for software either.
Any suggestions for something in the $50-100 range that would make my brewing easier or my beer better or have I exhausted the possibilities?