Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Montgomery BOO...URN » Mon, 11 Mar 2002 04:21:22



I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of purchasing a
Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have any
experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this kit??

Thanks for any and all input!!

DC

 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Delt » Mon, 11 Mar 2002 05:50:09


Quote:

>I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of purchasing a
>Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have any
>experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this kit??

This is the kit I started with +/- 7 years ago.  Brewery-in-a-box
(except the kettle and ingredients).  I've since moved to all-grain,
but still retain my original bottling bucket, dual-handle capper,
hydrometer, and the original box (which is handy to house your buckets
in).  I have replaced the spigot and plastic fermenter, but only after
a few years of use first.

 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by jpsto » Mon, 11 Mar 2002 06:05:12


Thats what I started with...and still have and use

Quote:
> I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of purchasing a
> Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have any
> experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this
kit??

> Thanks for any and all input!!

> DC

 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Montgomery BOO...URN » Mon, 11 Mar 2002 06:28:44


What do you like about the BB kit??  Would you suggest it for a beginning
brewer??


Quote:

> >I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of purchasing
a
> >Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have any
> >experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this
kit??

> This is the kit I started with +/- 7 years ago.  Brewery-in-a-box
> (except the kettle and ingredients).  I've since moved to all-grain,
> but still retain my original bottling bucket, dual-handle capper,
> hydrometer, and the original box (which is handy to house your buckets
> in).  I have replaced the spigot and plastic fermenter, but only after
> a few years of use first.

 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by George Howel » Tue, 12 Mar 2002 07:36:59


Quote:

> I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of purchasing a
> Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have any
> experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this kit??

> Thanks for any and all input!!

> DC

This is what I started with, oh so long ago (8 months:) The only thing I
added right away was a floating thermometer. I don't recall one being in
the kit. Right now, I am assembling goodies to begin full-mash.

The good things:

Capper. A capper is a capper. Also going to keg soon, but will need
a capper for giveaways. Would have bought a bigger, single arm capper
if I wasn't going to keg. Or not. It's not a bad capper.

Buckets: nothing wrong with 'em. I'll still be using them as fermenters
for a while. Easier to move around than carboys.

Canes: Buy one of ActiveX's steel canes (or someone else's). I just
got it, and haven't used it, but my biggest problem was that the racking
cane was too small, too slow, and got soft under moderate amounts of
heat.

I think those were the big items. I tried putting together a kit on
my own (shopping around, not actually buying) and couldn't beat what
my LHBS was selling this for. Now, if you wanted to upgrade almost
everything, or replace it in a year or so, go ahead and spend the money
now. But if you don't have any special needs or wants, I'd go ahead and get
it.

--
George Howell     "I ride for the same reason dogs stick their head out


 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Danny Pa » Wed, 13 Mar 2002 11:06:39


When I first started, I bought one of those kits with a double arm capper.
I wrenched it up pretty good trying to cap a champagne bottle.  Then I got a
press-style capper.  It is +so+ much better.  (I don't keg yet.)  You may
want to move up to this capper.  If you are getting your kit from a mom and
pop owned store, they may allow you to substitute in the more expensive
capper for a small fee (thus saving you money because you aren't purchasing
2 cappers).


Quote:
> On Sat, 09 Mar 2002 19:21:22 GMT, Montgomery BOO...URNS

> > I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of purchasing
a
> > Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have any
> > experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this
kit??

> > Thanks for any and all input!!

> > DC

> This is what I started with, oh so long ago (8 months:) The only thing I
> added right away was a floating thermometer. I don't recall one being in
> the kit. Right now, I am assembling goodies to begin full-mash.

> The good things:

> Capper. A capper is a capper. Also going to keg soon, but will need
> a capper for giveaways. Would have bought a bigger, single arm capper
> if I wasn't going to keg. Or not. It's not a bad capper.

> Buckets: nothing wrong with 'em. I'll still be using them as fermenters
> for a while. Easier to move around than carboys.

> Canes: Buy one of ActiveX's steel canes (or someone else's). I just
> got it, and haven't used it, but my biggest problem was that the racking
> cane was too small, too slow, and got soft under moderate amounts of
> heat.

> I think those were the big items. I tried putting together a kit on
> my own (shopping around, not actually buying) and couldn't beat what
> my LHBS was selling this for. Now, if you wanted to upgrade almost
> everything, or replace it in a year or so, go ahead and spend the money
> now. But if you don't have any special needs or wants, I'd go ahead and
get
> it.

> --
> George Howell     "I ride for the same reason dogs stick their head out



 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Dan Listerman » Wed, 13 Mar 2002 12:21:39


The Brewer's Best Kit comes with the Red Baron capper which is unusual in
that it has reversible jaws that work on beer bottles ( the factory setting)
or champagne bottles if the jaws are pulled out and reversed.  You cannot
use the beer bottle jaws on champagne bottles without problems.

--
 Dan Listermann

Check out our E-tail site at http://www.listermann.com

Take a look at the anti-telemarketer forum.  It is my new hobby!


Quote:
> When I first started, I bought one of those kits with a double arm capper.
> I wrenched it up pretty good trying to cap a champagne bottle.  Then I got
a
> press-style capper.  It is +so+ much better.  (I don't keg yet.)  You may
> want to move up to this capper.  If you are getting your kit from a mom
and
> pop owned store, they may allow you to substitute in the more expensive
> capper for a small fee (thus saving you money because you aren't
purchasing
> 2 cappers).



> > On Sat, 09 Mar 2002 19:21:22 GMT, Montgomery BOO...URNS

> > > I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of
purchasing
> a
> > > Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have
any
> > > experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of this
> kit??

> > > Thanks for any and all input!!

> > > DC

> > This is what I started with, oh so long ago (8 months:) The only thing I
> > added right away was a floating thermometer. I don't recall one being in
> > the kit. Right now, I am assembling goodies to begin full-mash.

> > The good things:

> > Capper. A capper is a capper. Also going to keg soon, but will need
> > a capper for giveaways. Would have bought a bigger, single arm capper
> > if I wasn't going to keg. Or not. It's not a bad capper.

> > Buckets: nothing wrong with 'em. I'll still be using them as fermenters
> > for a while. Easier to move around than carboys.

> > Canes: Buy one of ActiveX's steel canes (or someone else's). I just
> > got it, and haven't used it, but my biggest problem was that the racking
> > cane was too small, too slow, and got soft under moderate amounts of
> > heat.

> > I think those were the big items. I tried putting together a kit on
> > my own (shopping around, not actually buying) and couldn't beat what
> > my LHBS was selling this for. Now, if you wanted to upgrade almost
> > everything, or replace it in a year or so, go ahead and spend the money
> > now. But if you don't have any special needs or wants, I'd go ahead and
> get
> > it.

> > --
> > George Howell     "I ride for the same reason dogs stick their head out



 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Danny Pa » Thu, 14 Mar 2002 09:58:06


Perhaps, you could have helped me as I sat on my old apartment's kitchen
floor swearing a blue streak after I trashed my capper. :)

Anyway, I have not started kegging yet and I prefer the press style capper.
To me, it's like cable TV - you don't care if you've never had it, but once
you do, you can't live without it.


Quote:
> The Brewer's Best Kit comes with the Red Baron capper which is unusual in
> that it has reversible jaws that work on beer bottles ( the factory
setting)
> or champagne bottles if the jaws are pulled out and reversed.  You cannot
> use the beer bottle jaws on champagne bottles without problems.

> --
>  Dan Listermann

> Check out our E-tail site at http://www.listermann.com

> Take a look at the anti-telemarketer forum.  It is my new hobby!



> > When I first started, I bought one of those kits with a double arm
capper.
> > I wrenched it up pretty good trying to cap a champagne bottle.  Then I
got
> a
> > press-style capper.  It is +so+ much better.  (I don't keg yet.)  You
may
> > want to move up to this capper.  If you are getting your kit from a mom
> and
> > pop owned store, they may allow you to substitute in the more expensive
> > capper for a small fee (thus saving you money because you aren't
> purchasing
> > 2 cappers).



> > > On Sat, 09 Mar 2002 19:21:22 GMT, Montgomery BOO...URNS

> > > > I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of
> purchasing
> > a
> > > > Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG have
> any
> > > > experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of
this
> > kit??

> > > > Thanks for any and all input!!

> > > > DC

> > > This is what I started with, oh so long ago (8 months:) The only thing
I
> > > added right away was a floating thermometer. I don't recall one being
in
> > > the kit. Right now, I am assembling goodies to begin full-mash.

> > > The good things:

> > > Capper. A capper is a capper. Also going to keg soon, but will need
> > > a capper for giveaways. Would have bought a bigger, single arm capper
> > > if I wasn't going to keg. Or not. It's not a bad capper.

> > > Buckets: nothing wrong with 'em. I'll still be using them as
fermenters
> > > for a while. Easier to move around than carboys.

> > > Canes: Buy one of ActiveX's steel canes (or someone else's). I just
> > > got it, and haven't used it, but my biggest problem was that the
racking
> > > cane was too small, too slow, and got soft under moderate amounts of
> > > heat.

> > > I think those were the big items. I tried putting together a kit on
> > > my own (shopping around, not actually buying) and couldn't beat what
> > > my LHBS was selling this for. Now, if you wanted to upgrade almost
> > > everything, or replace it in a year or so, go ahead and spend the
money
> > > now. But if you don't have any special needs or wants, I'd go ahead
and
> > get
> > > it.

> > > --
> > > George Howell     "I ride for the same reason dogs stick their head
out



 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Dan Listerman » Thu, 14 Mar 2002 11:15:22


I use a lovely old Prohibition bench capper.  I would not be without it.

--
 Dan Listermann

Check out our E-tail site at http://www.listermann.com

Take a look at the anti-telemarketer forum.  It is my new hobby!


Quote:
> Perhaps, you could have helped me as I sat on my old apartment's kitchen
> floor swearing a blue streak after I trashed my capper. :)

> Anyway, I have not started kegging yet and I prefer the press style
capper.
> To me, it's like cable TV - you don't care if you've never had it, but
once
> you do, you can't live without it.



> > The Brewer's Best Kit comes with the Red Baron capper which is unusual
in
> > that it has reversible jaws that work on beer bottles ( the factory
> setting)
> > or champagne bottles if the jaws are pulled out and reversed.  You
cannot
> > use the beer bottle jaws on champagne bottles without problems.

> > --
> >  Dan Listermann

> > Check out our E-tail site at http://www.listermann.com

> > Take a look at the anti-telemarketer forum.  It is my new hobby!



> > > When I first started, I bought one of those kits with a double arm
> capper.
> > > I wrenched it up pretty good trying to cap a champagne bottle.  Then I
> got
> > a
> > > press-style capper.  It is +so+ much better.  (I don't keg yet.)  You
> may
> > > want to move up to this capper.  If you are getting your kit from a
mom
> > and
> > > pop owned store, they may allow you to substitute in the more
expensive
> > > capper for a small fee (thus saving you money because you aren't
> > purchasing
> > > 2 cappers).



> > > > On Sat, 09 Mar 2002 19:21:22 GMT, Montgomery BOO...URNS

> > > > > I'm looking to upgrade my brewing equipment.  I'm thinking of
> > purchasing
> > > a
> > > > > Brewer's Best Full Equipment package!!  Does anyone on this NG
have
> > any
> > > > > experiences with this kit and if so, what is your overall view of
> this
> > > kit??

> > > > > Thanks for any and all input!!

> > > > > DC

> > > > This is what I started with, oh so long ago (8 months:) The only
thing
> I
> > > > added right away was a floating thermometer. I don't recall one
being
> in
> > > > the kit. Right now, I am assembling goodies to begin full-mash.

> > > > The good things:

> > > > Capper. A capper is a capper. Also going to keg soon, but will need
> > > > a capper for giveaways. Would have bought a bigger, single arm
capper
> > > > if I wasn't going to keg. Or not. It's not a bad capper.

> > > > Buckets: nothing wrong with 'em. I'll still be using them as
> fermenters
> > > > for a while. Easier to move around than carboys.

> > > > Canes: Buy one of ActiveX's steel canes (or someone else's). I just
> > > > got it, and haven't used it, but my biggest problem was that the
> racking
> > > > cane was too small, too slow, and got soft under moderate amounts of
> > > > heat.

> > > > I think those were the big items. I tried putting together a kit on
> > > > my own (shopping around, not actually buying) and couldn't beat what
> > > > my LHBS was selling this for. Now, if you wanted to upgrade almost
> > > > everything, or replace it in a year or so, go ahead and spend the
> money
> > > > now. But if you don't have any special needs or wants, I'd go ahead
> and
> > > get
> > > > it.

> > > > --
> > > > George Howell     "I ride for the same reason dogs stick their head
> out



 
 
 

Brewer's Best Equipment Kits... Opinions?

Post by Al Klei » Fri, 15 Mar 2002 10:38:03



posted in rec.crafts.brewing:

Quote:
>Anyway, I have not started kegging yet and I prefer the press style capper.
>To me, it's like cable TV - you don't care if you've never had it, but once
>you do, you can't live without it.

That's what kegging is like.
---
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Al - rukbat at optonline dot net