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WRATHWILDE
04-25-2006, 12:49 AM
What's your latest purchase?

I just picked up a BENCH std. bottle capper & 3 lbs oxy caps
A final gravity hydrometer .99 - 1.020
(1) each - 3 gallon & 6.5 gallon carboys
bringing my total to (3) 6.5 gallon, (3) 6 gallon, (1) 3 gallon, (20) 1 gallon
(1) 45 wine bottle drying tree

I'll be picking up (72) 750ml AMBER champagne bottles soon. Unless anybody knows a source for NEW Black champagne bottles.

Wrathwilde

JoeM
04-25-2006, 01:26 AM
I just bought my first house ;D

WRATHWILDE
04-25-2006, 01:31 AM
JoeM,

It's more likely you bought a brewery that you'll be living in. ;) Congratulations by the way!!!

Wrathwilde

kace069
04-25-2006, 01:33 AM
Congrats Joe! ;D

My most recent purchase was 4, 6 gallon carboys $16 each!

Sander
04-25-2006, 02:50 AM
Yesterday I bought two stoppers and 5 airlocks. Soon I will get six 5 l jugs. Recently I bought a 30 l (almost 8 gal) vessel.

memento
04-25-2006, 08:56 AM
I just bought 60 lbs of orange blossom honey. :) I love the big bucket-o-honey!

yabodie
04-25-2006, 09:13 AM
#8 stoppers for 1 gallon jugs, various oak beans and airlocks. Waiting for the credit card cycle to close for a 60# bucket of wildflower honey.

So is it a bad thing when you have to build a table for all the carboys and gallon jugs to sit one because the card table was about to fold?

JoeM,
Good luck with your new Brewery, uh house!!

Mim
04-25-2006, 10:28 AM
5- 5 gallon carboys for $12 each, two packages of yeast, and stoppers for the new carboys.

Hmmm...what to brew first.....

Miriam
04-25-2006, 02:03 PM
Five kg. of strawberries for melomel.

Miriam

Angus
04-25-2006, 02:22 PM
Slightly off the Mead line, but....

2 5 gallon Igloo Water Coolers
2 Cooler Bulkhead Kits
2 Brass Ball Valves
Stainless Steel domed False Bottom
Thermometer
Silicone tubing

Made my first all grain batch of beer this weekend, Irish Red. HERMS, here I come.

Oh, and 7 lbs Clover Honey, 2 lbs frozen Cherries, 2 lbs frozen Blackberries, 2 packs D47. 2 Mels on their way this coming weekend.

Agnes Damn! Angus

kace069
04-26-2006, 01:46 AM
Wow Angus, taking the plunge. I am working on a system too. Right now I only have a converted keg. But I think I am going to do my first mini mash on sunday. All I can drum up is a 3 tier gravity system. Let me know how much pumps set you back. It sounds like your gonna DIY it. Go for it.

Angus
04-26-2006, 08:22 AM
Kace,

Pump goes for $125 at MoreBeer. Temp controllers are roughly $75 each. It is not going to be cheap, so I am saving the pennies carefully. It should take about a year to assemble the basics, after which I will be able to start putting it together. I may get some schematics for the controller circuit and construct it myself to save some $. We will see. Also going to purchase a 9 gallon SS kettle with ball valve. Will also come in handy to mix my Must and just tap it into a Carboy when making the Mead.

Angus

kace069
04-26-2006, 11:56 AM
I haven't even thought about building anything like that. I want to get the all grain basics down first. I would have my system done but the plasma cutter at work is broke. :( Who knows when it will be fixed. I have everything I need except a CFC, and I'm afraid I may need a pump to use it.
So I am to cheap to pay some one to cut it for me, I will just wait. Then I can cut it exactly like I want.

Mynx
04-26-2006, 12:31 PM
Just bought the stuff to make (and have made) a wort chiller. No more lifting 7 gallon s/s pots full of boiling wort for me!

Oskaar
04-26-2006, 01:51 PM
I just purchased four Oskaar-Wear (what else??) tee-shirts and a coffee mug from Gotmead Gear.

Also had some custom tee shirts made locally here in Fullerton, CA for my own entertainment.

Cheers,

Oskaar

David Baldwin
04-26-2006, 05:22 PM
My most recent purchase was a glass test jar for my hydrometer. I've had mixed luck with the plastic test jars.

I was going to pick up an oak brandy barrel from Pirtle winery, but couldn't connect with Scott Pirtle to make it happen. BTW, the winery is a really cool place to visit and their meads and wines are very nice.


David

Greenblood
04-27-2006, 10:03 AM
5 ball lock kegs $15 each. 4 carboys. Getting ready to order a few more 60# buckets of honey. I am out of OB, and nearly out of buckwheat.

The Honey Farmer
04-27-2006, 11:53 AM
Foundation for the new house. $$$$$$$$$ :'( :'(

Dennis

HomeBrew
04-28-2006, 01:20 PM
Benelli Nova 3 1/2" 12-gauge with a 28" barrel and Seclusion 3-D paintjob, AKA The Turkey Thumper.

Also, a new SABCO brew kettle and hurricane burner for brewing.

Peace.

Brewboy
04-28-2006, 11:10 PM
This afternoon, we closed, and took the keys, for our new house, does that count?

Mynx
04-29-2006, 12:25 AM
Nice Brewboy...

Non-mead/brew related, but I just bought a new tattoo...

Pics
Here, (http://members.shaw.ca/rbayles/Thumb%20Tat%20April%2027%202006%20003-good.jpg) here, (http://members.shaw.ca/rbayles/Thumb%20Tat%20April%2027%202006%20002-good.jpg) and here... (http://members.shaw.ca/rbayles/Thumb%20Tat%20April%2027%202006%20009-good.jpg)

Kinda blurry, and it'll look better when healed, but still good :)

lostnbronx
04-29-2006, 03:53 AM
Nice Brewboy...

Non-mead/brew related, but I just bought a new tattoo...

Pics
Here, (http://members.shaw.ca/rbayles/Thumb%20Tat%20April%2027%202006%20003-good.jpg) here, (http://members.shaw.ca/rbayles/Thumb%20Tat%20April%2027%202006%20002-good.jpg) and here... (http://members.shaw.ca/rbayles/Thumb%20Tat%20April%2027%202006%20009-good.jpg)

Kinda blurry, and it'll look better when healed, but still good :)


Mynx,

Very nice! Our wedding rings are tats, but not so pretty as that one you just got. I haven't got the extra $$$ for ink right now, so I'm jealous!

-David

Oskaar
04-29-2006, 04:38 AM
Hey Minxie,

Time to set the date on your digicam, you're still in 2005! LOL

cheers,

Oskaar

WRATHWILDE
04-29-2006, 05:35 AM
This afternoon, we closed, and took the keys, for our new house, does that count?


Congrats Brewboy!!! Everybody's buying Houses, oh well... my rent's dirt cheap so I've no complaints. Maybe in a few years.
Nice tat little birdie - tweet tweet tweet.

Wrathwilde

Mynx
04-29-2006, 07:19 PM
Lol Oskaar...it's too much hassle to set the date right every bloody time we change the batteries...

Brewboy
04-30-2006, 09:26 AM
We are very happy with the new home. (In my mind, I bought a brewery/meadery that has bedrooms attached!) It is a new construction ranch-style. We just need to add some paint to the walls, and it's ready to move in.

But there is a more important question for this thread: "What is your last SALE?"

My wife and I worked a little bass-ackwards. We found the perfect house and bought it before finding the perfect buyer for our current home. ("Perfect buyer" = their check doesn't bounce!)

So....if you know of anyone that is in the market for a big 103-year-old Victorian, in Green Bay Wisconsin...just point them at me! (My beer and mead cellar are coming with me to the new place!)

Trevor

WRATHWILDE
04-30-2006, 07:52 PM
in Green Bay Wisconsin

That leaves me out... I'd be way too tempted to paint a Viking Logo on it... the insurance company'd never believe that vandals hit my house every day of the year.

Wrathwilde

Angus
04-30-2006, 10:39 PM
Hey Brewboy,

Where did you buy the new house?

Angus

Brewboy
05-01-2006, 08:21 AM
Angus,

We're still in the same general area. We found a nice home in the Town of Bellevue, a "suburb" of just east of Green Bay. We are pretty much at the border of where homes end, and farmland begins.

But it has a 3.5 stall garage...and I get the last .5 for my brewery/meadery! (My wife knows exactly how to get my cooperation...just let me have my room to "play beer and mead", and everything is fine!)

Trevor

storm1969
05-02-2006, 05:05 PM
Just bought a new cooling unit for my wine cellar (which I am renovating).

Here it is:
http://www.rosehillwinecellars.com/3rsV2/productdetails.php?id=340


Brian

beeboy
05-03-2006, 07:38 PM
Just purchased my third 5 gallon glass carboy with cork and air trap, two dozen clear bottles and my second bag of corks. The local HBS owner is starting to smile when I walk in his store. Will need more bottles for the 3 gallons of classic mead that is clearing along with the 4 gallons of lemon mead and 4 gallons of lemon wine that is finishing up. My big purchase was setting up three more hives using three 3 lb packages of bees. Also just started a 4 gallon lemon/banana mead which is bubbling away happily ;D Need to redo my "meadery" and build some shelving in the hallway closet.

Maelduin
05-11-2006, 11:56 PM
two more five gallon carboys and a five gallon bucket of clover honey. What's better than mead? MORE mead! Bwahahaaaaa!

Michael

Maelduin
05-12-2006, 10:44 PM
wups, forgot about the bundle of 27 Grade A Madagascar vanilla beans for ten bucks and change, including shipping. Gotta love ebay.

Michael

GrantLee63
05-24-2006, 02:33 PM
Enolmatic filler with filter option and 1 micron filter element. Going to Kitchner Ontario tomorrow looking for a good deal on a few gallons of maple syrup and raw, unprocessed honey.

Hopefully the large Amish communitiy in that area will have some! ;D

Oskaar
05-24-2006, 04:22 PM
120# Macadamia Nut Honey! Score!

Cheers,

Oskaar

GrantLee63
05-24-2006, 05:31 PM
Yeah Oskaar .... That's what I'm hoping for ..... I'm sure Sarah and Jacob will have LOTS of Macadamia Nut Honey in the back of their wagon!

Maelduin
05-24-2006, 08:03 PM
Hawai'i Amish. It could happen. ;)

Maelduin
05-25-2006, 07:52 AM
recent additions in the last couple of days:
300 corks, wine thief, hygrometer, FermaidK, 71B, racking cane, grape tannin, oak chips, more bungs and airlocks. really starting to get the basics in place. still shopping for a floor corker.

Dmntd
05-27-2006, 06:25 PM
Got an early start today. Hit the honey farm & produce stand in Fillmore, HBS in Woodland Hills and a few other places in between. I'm only listing that which will be used for mead and a blueberrie cordial.

18lb Sage honey,
18lb Wildflower honey,
18lb Orange Blossom honey,

1lb Belgian Munich,
1lb Belgian Caramunich,
8oz Belgian Special B,
8oz Medium Crystal,
4oz Dark Crystal,
12oz Belgian Chocolate,
4oz Roasted Barley,
1lb Flaked oats,

2.2oz Fuggle, pellets

Lalvin D47,
Wyeast 1098 & 1187,

1/2 gallon Seagram's 100 proof vodka,
2lb Fresh blueberries.

Dmntd

Muirghein Tarot
05-29-2006, 10:43 PM
4lbs wild flower honey
bag of oranges
box raisins
Fleischmann's yeast
new stopper and S-lock
racking tube

Anyone want to guess what is bubbling in my kitchen cabinet!

Tarot

WRATHWILDE
09-24-2006, 02:02 AM
...
I just ordered two gallons of supposedly "The Best Honey in the World", Sourwood from MtnHoney (http://www.mtnhoney.com/). Named such by the World Beekeeping Federation (Apimondia), beating out contenders from 20 other countries. Virginia and Carl are local, state and national award winners in Honey Shows. Over the past 9 years they have received over 60 Blue Ribbons including 10 Best of Show Awards for their honey and beeswax. For the past 7 years they have won FIRST PLACE at the National Honey Show sponsored by the American Beekeeping Federation, including BEST IN SHOW at the 2004 American Honey Show.

A Husband and Wife beekeeping team who's fathers, on both sides, were also beekeepers. They claim their honey is never heated and only minimally strained. :icon_thumright:

I can't wait to taste it. If anyone else is interested follow the above link, it's not cheap and they sell out quick. I was hoping to pick up some last year. I made the mistake of putting it off a month, only to find they were out of the Gallon Jugs and only had the 1 and 2 pound jars left. :BangHead:

I also just ordered an Enolmatic filter housing for my Enolmatic Filling Machine along with the 1, .5 and .25 micron filters.

http://www.stpats.com/newphotos/EnolmaticTandem.jpg

http://www.stpats.com/newphotos/EnolmaticFilters.jpg

Wrathwilde

Maelduin
09-26-2006, 03:11 AM
Jeez, Wrath, kinda makes my recently bought floor corker (aka "The Corkinator") pale in comparison. :sad2:

Michael

GrantLee63
09-26-2006, 05:08 AM
Northern Brewer's Deluxe All-Grain System, and a couple Polar Ware 10 gallon brew kettles with drain valves.

By the way Wrath, those Enolmatic filters work GREAT !

WRATHWILDE
09-26-2006, 05:15 AM
Maelduin,

Believe it or not I still don't have a decent Corker, I started out with screw caps and moved to a capper. Because of limited space my next purchase will be a bench corker... but my corks will be "Flor" grade. To be fair my Original Kit came with a double lever corker and some cheap corks but I haven't used either.

http://morewinemaking.com/product_images/1/5055.jpg

Wrathwilde

Greenblood
09-26-2006, 09:48 AM
16 cubic foot chest freezer and temp controller. It holds 8 corneys and 2 3gal corneys. I am drawing up plans now to build a 6 tap bar arround it, and hope to begin work soon. Pictures to come!!

John

David Baldwin
09-26-2006, 11:58 AM
My latest and greatest is a pair of conical bottom fermenters. One is 60 gallon, and one is 15 gallons.

Now I'm working on getting them all set up with valves etc.


David

JayH
09-26-2006, 12:52 PM
For once in the right place at the right time.

11 Kegs, 2 Taps, 1 Regulator, all the seals and o-rings to rejuvenate them and a bag of b-brite. All for $100.00


Cheers
Jay

WRATHWILDE
10-03-2006, 05:37 AM
2 more gallons of Sourwood Honey (http://www.mtnhoney.com/)
100g digital Scale w/ .1g accuracy (http://www.toplinedigitalscales.com/catalog.php?action=124&item_id=346) ($23)
15 Gallon DemiJohn (http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByID.aspx?ProdID=4228)
http://www.toplinedigitalscales.com/viewimg.php?item_id=346&image=picturehttp://www.brew-winemaking.com/productimages/4228.jpg

Still on my want list...
A Quality pH meter
An Atago Digital Refractometer
http://morewinemaking.com/product_images/1/4242.jpg (http://morewinemaking.com/product.html?product_id=6178)


Cheers,
Wrathwilde

storm1969
10-03-2006, 05:09 PM
324 lbs of grapes, 216 of them Petite Sirah, 108 Zinfandel.

They are busy fermenting in my kitchen right now.

Brian

GrantLee63
10-15-2006, 08:34 AM
Two "I Survived The First Great Lakes Mead Tasting" T-Shirts ! :cheers:

Yarmur
10-15-2006, 09:22 AM
Just some odds and ends to help make my life easier and to start anew.....all purchased over the last month, month and a half

18lb Tupelo honey
100lb Carlos grapes
Grape Press (small)
Auto-sphion (the best purchase ever)
Floor corker
and restock of items like corks, caps, finning agents, GoFerm, FermaidK and etc....

This coming friday I will be going to my LHBS (if you can say that 100 miles away)to pick up another...
5gal carboy
bench capper (gotta have one after I found out how easy the bench models are)
PH meter
Oxygenation system
Wort chiller
grain bags
and a few opther odds and ends......

And my most exciting purchase - 10 2X6's and an exterior door.....The beginnings of my very own little brew hut (est. completion date Fall '07/Spring '08)

Yar

ucflumberjack
10-16-2006, 01:39 AM
i just bought and brewed 2 kits from the local brew shop, stout and hazelnut brown ale.

just before that i bought:
2 - 5 gal. better bottles(wish i had gone with glass :( )
2 - 6.5 gal. buckets,
stoppers and airlocks,
some sanitizer,
12 - 750 blue wine bottles,
96 - 12 oz. beer bottles,
and a book called "stout"

WRATHWILDE
10-08-2007, 03:21 PM
Stainless Tank - 28 Gallon

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/wrathwilde/14galtank.jpg

The suckers beautiful but big.

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

teljkon
10-08-2007, 05:15 PM
For fermentation or keetle conversion, Im asuming fermentation.

Also my obligatory Grumble Grumble Being poor sucks Grumble Grumble. :tongue3:

:happy10:

WRATHWILDE
11-05-2008, 11:46 AM
Latest Purchases
5 Gallons of Snowberry
2 Gallons of Maple Syrup (1 gal) Grade B Dark, and (1 gal) Grade A Light for two different batches
2 Enolmatic Filters 5 micron and 1 Micron
A Gage Cage for my CO2 bottle (and a replacement 3000psi gage ~ GRRR!!!)
Lalvin Yeasts ~ T306, DV10, D47 and D254 / GoFerm / Fermaid K / Opti-White / Tannin Galalcool
Another 15 gallon Demi-John
14 gallon Stainless Steal Tank (Joins my 28 gallon) for Mixing/Fermenting smaller batches
~ should eliminate splashes/volcanos mixing 6.5 gallon batches.
ON SALE NOW at MOREWINE @ $140.25 (reg $165) (http://morewinemaking.com/view_product/6985/103211/Stainless_Tank_-_14_Gallon)
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/wrathwilde/14galtank.jpg

And a non mead toy, Valentine One (http://www.guysoflidar.com/august-2007/radar-detector-test.html) ~ bogey count and Directional Arrows the deciding factor (Combined with Laser Veil (http://www.laserveil.com/reviews/) on the Headlights and a Laser Shield front plate cover) Unfortunately front plates are required in Iowa otherwise it''d be off ~ having a Black car helps counter Laser a lot so I'm lucky there!!!
https://store.valentine1.com/store/products/20015.gif

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

Summersolstice
11-05-2008, 02:23 PM
Latest alcohol-related purchases:

5 gallons local alfalfa honey
5 gallons locally grown and produced fresh cider

non-mead

a new food processor for my current food addiction: hummus

cam07ds
11-05-2008, 03:29 PM
Well just purchased a magnetic stir plate and associated goodies for preparing the yeasties.... Finally got tired of the glass measuring cup.
Steve

WRATHWILDE
11-05-2008, 05:22 PM
Damn, I forgot to mention... I purchased a Stir-Plate and a 2000ml flask too.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/wrathwilde/lowstirrer2.jpg

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

Vino
11-14-2008, 04:18 PM
I just finished ordering what I need to better follow the recipes and advice that you guys and gals have so graciously provided.

Online order:
Lalvin K1V-1116, EC-1118, 1CV/D-47, Fermaid-K, Go-Ferm, Tartaric Acid, DAP, 1# French Oak Cubes (Medium toast), Mix-stir agitator rod.

Escali #PR100S pocket digital scale (for Oskaarz recipes)

LHBS
(2) 3 gallon carboys…time to step up from the 1 gallon batches…wish me luck!

I gave my Christmas wish list to the wife last night, when she read it all she said was "why am I not surprised"...bench corker, clear 187ml and 375ml bottles, dual faucet draft tower.

buildmark
11-14-2008, 04:54 PM
Oranges! :D

Vino
11-14-2008, 05:08 PM
Oranges! :D

Yeah, I forgot about the oranges...I picked mine up Wednesday for a batch of JAO.

beeboy
11-23-2008, 09:30 PM
Picked up a glass 6.5 gallon carboy and some yeast at the LHBS. I'm up to two glass 5 gallon carboys, one 6.5 gallon carboy, one 4 liter wine bottle and three 3 liter bottles. For beekeeping I had to get a new veil, the seam ripped out on my old one and the bees were getting in at the worst time, ouch. Also needed a third 5 gallon bucket for honey storage after extracting from my hives. Picked up two cases of quart ball jars for honey storage and two cases of pint jars to be used for honey as gifts or sale.

GrantLee63
11-24-2008, 06:05 AM
60 pounds of sage blossom, and 60 pounds of mesquite honey from Miller's,

Teufelhund
11-24-2008, 11:21 AM
Looks like SOMEbody has a real payin' job! :laughing7: I'd have to sell body parts.

:occasion14:

DD


Damn, I forgot to mention... I purchased a Stir-Plate and a 2000ml flask too.
<img src="http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/wrathwilde/lowstirrer2.jpg?t=1225919927">

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

UDV
11-24-2008, 12:38 PM
I am resisting the urge to buy another 25 pounds of Meadowfoam.

I already caved in and got 25 pounds for a 5-gallon JAO for the New Year. :)

WRATHWILDE
11-25-2008, 04:33 PM
I am resisting the urge to buy another 25 pounds of Meadowfoam.

..It's times like this, trapped on a insignificant little blue-green planet, about to be destroyed for an interstellar bypass, that the words of an officious and bureaucratic Vogon spring forth like a gazelle under said Vogon "Resistance is Useless."

Cheers,
Jered Talbot
(Wrathwilde)

UDV
11-27-2008, 07:26 PM
Kace,

Pump goes for $125 at MoreBeer. Temp controllers are roughly $75 each. It is not going to be cheap, so I am saving the pennies carefully. It should take about a year to assemble the basics, after which I will be able to start putting it together. I may get some schematics for the controller circuit and construct it myself to save some $. We will see. Also going to purchase a 9 gallon SS kettle with ball valve. Will also come in handy to mix my Must and just tap it into a Carboy when making the Mead.

Angus

Please keep me posted on this? I'm rather intrigued by the whole idea, and it's been sort of tough to find specs for it all. About the controller circuit, I might even have access to some gear to print some cheap-y circuit boards for it. :)

gavinonymous
11-28-2008, 05:41 PM
I recently picked up a second 6gal ported Better Bottle with drylock, hungarian oak (light and dark toast) D47, 18lb of assorted local honey (mostly blueberry) bentonite, also a membership to gotmead patrons.

Medsen Fey
02-16-2009, 10:32 AM
Given my propensity for the higher alcohols, I need long term storage. Seeing the demijohns that Wrathwilde is using, I've been envious of this higher capacity storage, but with butterfingers, large glass containers present a hazard.

I recently picked up an alternative.
http://i6.ebayimg.com/08/i/001/31/80/6ccd_1.JPG

This is a used 10-gallon ball lock keg. I have managed to pick up a several of these on Ebay for prices ranging between $75-$175. I believe you can still find new ones for about $450.

They are not quite as large as a 15 gallon demijohn, so I'll still be a little envious, but I'm happy with this very flexible system. They are virtually indestructible, being stainless steel, and they are airtight. They are much cheaper than the airtight steel containers on morewine, and because they are kegs, you can pressurize/carbonate in them.


In addition, they use all the ball lock fixtures and appurtenances that the regular kegs do. This way I can transfer from keg to keg (with filters), and can use my Blichmann mead gun for bottling.

I can still lift and move a full 10 gallon keg - but it is heavy. They will fit into my fridge for cold crashing or storage.

Yes, bigger is better......

Medsen

WRATHWILDE
02-16-2009, 11:19 PM
Latest Purchase ~

Just Now, 5 gallons of Meadowfoam Honey from the bee folks (https://www.beefolks.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=53&cat=Meadowfoam+Honey) with a 10% discount for GotMead members. Still 5 gallons = $306 w/shipping. Ouch!

Inquiring on availability of 5 gallons Snowberry. ($165 w/shipping)

I'll probably pick up 5 gallons of Orange Blossom too. ($155 w/shiping)

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

cam07ds
02-18-2009, 03:13 PM
Picked up a Color LaserJet printer for making labels. I can not believe how inexpensive these are now. I remember the day when they cost thousands of dollars. Now you can get a good one for under $300. The ole bubble jet is going to be retired today.

Disthetic
02-23-2009, 06:04 PM
I picked up an auto-siphon today. I racked my forst batch this past weekend with a standard racking cane and hated it. 12 bucks well spent I think.

crowquill
02-24-2009, 07:48 AM
I've officially given up on my LHB stores and placed an order with http://www.allaboutmead.com

I intended only to order some Fermaid-K, GoFerm, and DAP. But after browsing the site I also picked up some PH test strips and a lees stirrer before my wife wrestled me away from the computer.

Xixist
02-24-2009, 11:22 PM
I'm just excited I ordered up some batches of D 47 and 1118 yeast. I am easy to please. Gearing up for my next great mead endeavor.
Xixist

gavinonymous
03-13-2009, 07:46 PM
I just put together my 42 gallon stainless steel conical 'fermenator'
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8311/fmt.jpg

It's a beauty, and shipped problem free and duty free.
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/7461/fmt2.jpg

I had to get the triclamp fittings - just too cool and convenient to pass up.
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/1898/fmt3.jpg

;D

Medsen Fey
03-13-2009, 08:05 PM
I know I said bigger is better, but sheesh! Now I've got a major case of fermenter envy!

Speedy
03-13-2009, 11:11 PM
Yeah, I feel a little embarrassed, I only got a 9 gal pot and propane burner - for the beer brewing. I need to do something while I'm waiting for my mead to age out. :)

gavinonymous
03-24-2009, 05:46 PM
For a 35gal batch of traditional semisweet mead.

-3 pails (99lb) of high quality Northern Ontario wildflower honey at $3.50/lb (~2.75lb US) The avg. wholesale price is about $2.99/lb in these quantities, depending on quality and supplier.

- 150g yeast nutrient mix (vitamin B/hulls, and DAP)
- 8 packs of D47 yeast
- 4 packs of bentonite

(these three only cost $5.00 total. the yeast says Jan 2009 on the box, I hope it's still good)

- a cement mixer bit for my power drill.
- a digital immersion thermometer.
- 7 5gal bottles of canadian spring water @$7.50/bottle (4 of them are free bonus for setting up a new account)

Medsen Fey
05-08-2009, 10:54 AM
Well it's no match for a 42 gallon Conical, but I just snagged a 15 gallon Corny Keg. I don't know what I'm going to make 15 gallons of yet (or where I'm going to put it), but I'll figure something out.

http://i.ebayimg.com/14/!BR3T!WwCGk~$(KGrHgoH-DMEjlLltmFiBK!MjbSu5w~~_2.JPG (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300313036582&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:1123#ebayphotohosting)

In the words of the immortal Lorax,
I meant no harm I most truly did not, but I had to grow bigger so bigger I got!

ndbrewlady
05-08-2009, 11:54 AM
Ok, so it may seem a little crazy but...

Two bare root apple trees. Going to put them out front to provide shade and of course apples. Hubby thinks I have lost it.

Also got my lees stirrer, star san, and a five gallon gasoline jug for storing it. Now if I can finish the quilt I'll have time to brew....

gavinonymous
05-08-2009, 01:48 PM
I also bought the enolmatic and filter system. Thanks for advice everyone.

http://www.stpats.com/newphotos/EnolmaticTandem.jpg

Also a bottle drying stand and some bottle washing/sterilizing gadgets.

huntfishtrap
05-08-2009, 05:35 PM
I just scored an other unused Wine making "kit" for $35 on Craigslist. Including a 6 gal. glass carboy. Yay!

Paul

wildoates
05-08-2009, 06:40 PM
I keep looking for those craigslist deals, but so far I've been beat out of them.

But I have been collecting what I need to start something other than Joe's, which is exciting. Just the general stuff, nothing fancy (yet) but it's pretty darned exciting to me!

Now I just have to decide what kind of mead to do first. :) Well, second, if you count Joe's.

sacrifice
05-11-2009, 01:15 AM
2 - 96 Oz cans Vintners Harvest Cherry Wine Base
2 - 96 Oz cans Vintners harvest Blackberry Wine Base
Nice Italian floor corker - It is such a pleasure to bottle now!
A bunch of chemicals, yeast, energizers and nutrients.
2 - 6 gallon, 1 - 5 gallon, and 1 - 3 gallon carboy.
24 pounds of Clover Honey (from COSTCO - :eek:).
More bottles than I care to count.
2 more blackberry plants, which may or may not survive to produce berries.

What I now need is more room in my house - All by brewing takes place in my once dedicated office.

andrewschwab
05-11-2009, 01:33 AM
30 new queens for the bee hives ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/AndrewSchwab/nucspring002.jpg

wildoates
05-11-2009, 09:16 AM
Score!

Craigslist came through for me this weekend--1 3 gallon carboy, 11 5 gallon carboys, and 1 7 gallon carboy. Woot! Most of the carboys came from an older couple who hadn't made wine in years--they are really dusty, dirty and cobwebby (the carboys, not the couple)--so they're like 25 years old. A few of them look like Ole Greenie's siblings!

Of course, I am sharing with my son, but still--it's a good take.

Now I need to get to Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies (http://www.sacramentobeekeeping.com/) to see what kind of honey they have. Honey is what I'm needing at the moment.

/wondering if a fall mead with pumpkin would be ready by November if I started it now...

And those new hives ROCK. More hives=more bees=more honey!

huntfishtrap
05-11-2009, 09:40 AM
Score!

Good job Wildoates! I check craigslist every morning. I have an easy setup that opens the 3 towns in my area with the search already done. I search multiple items at the same time by separating them with a "pipe", that's the vertical line that is usually a shift+backslash. so I search for beer|wine|carboy|keg . Then I save each search in each town in a bookmark, in a group. Then I can open the whole group with a couple of clicks. I also mark the top item by clicking on it. That changes it's color so I always know which posts are new since the last time I checked.

Craigslist Rules!

Paul

wildoates
05-11-2009, 10:48 AM
Good Craigslist hints, thanks...I don't use it much, but I'm really happy with my success so far!

wayneb
05-11-2009, 03:48 PM
Greenie Lives! Way to go!!!

BTW - be careful with those older smooth-walled green carboys. They are thin all around the circumference (unlike the ridged ones) and they don't only self-destruct if set on an uneven surface - they can also crack if bumped up against one another. I've seen that happen in years past, too. :eek:

capoeirista13
05-11-2009, 04:33 PM
Good job Wildoates! I check craigslist every morning. I have an easy setup that opens the 3 towns in my area with the search already done. I search multiple items at the same time by separating them with a "pipe", that's the vertical line that is usually a shift+backslash. so I search for beer|wine|carboy|keg . Then I save each search in each town in a bookmark, in a group. Then I can open the whole group with a couple of clicks. I also mark the top item by clicking on it. That changes it's color so I always know which posts are new since the last time I checked.

Craigslist Rules!

Paul

Sir I am stealing your craigslist technique.

BBBF
05-11-2009, 05:39 PM
wondering if a fall mead with pumpkin would be ready by November if I started it now...

That's a sweet score! I just bottled a pumpkin spice mead. Two months ago, I sampled it and wasn't very impressed. It tasted like bland alcohol, with some spices mixed in. I was sure I was going to have to mix in some apple juice concentrate and try to give it some complexity. I had the juice on hand, but when I took another sample, I found it tasted great. It's 7 months old, which is about how much time you have betwen now and November.

BBBF
06-14-2009, 06:37 PM
I picked up 10 gallons of Florida, Orange Blossom honey yesterday and 5lbs of Wisconsin Wildflower for good measure.

Aldis6
12-11-2009, 12:30 AM
It is best to deal with local buyers. On Craigslist, it is possible to arrange shipping for your items and most people do this with small things. You may think it is easier to pay an extra $3 for shipping than drive an hour to pickup a bracelet. You can do this, but i believe it isn't recommended with expensive items. Do you agree with me..

wayneb
12-11-2009, 11:27 AM
I always buy local when I can. Until recently I didn't have a local source for bulk honey that was cost effective so I had to pay shipping charges. But now I get everything that I need within 50 miles of home (and that's considered "local" out here, for all you guys back east!) ;D

britneymark
12-17-2009, 02:56 AM
Bought this recently for my brother.
http://www.toy-electric-cars.co.uk/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=49

Have a glance..

Displaced Hick
12-17-2009, 04:06 AM
But now I get everything that I need within 50 miles of home (and that's considered "local" out here, for all you guys back east!) ;D

Growing up where I did local for us was anything within 100 miles;D (and if you were telling someone how far a place was you told them in miles not in time)

Back to the topic on hand, my most recent purchases were new carboys to replace the three that shattered outside.