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Monday, January 12, 2009

Do you loan out your brewing equipment?

I've been trying to get my friends to brew for a while, and now three of my friends are brewing. My buddy Dave recently cooked up his first batch of home brew... He went with a cider, and is eager to brew a batch of beer... We may even get together this weekend and brew something together.

Dave called me today and asked if I had any extra bottles, and if he could borrow my bottling bucket and the rest of my bottling gear. Now Dave is a great guy, very generous, etc... So I have no problem loaning him my gear, especially if it helps solidify his stature as a home brewer. But what about you?

How do you feel about loaning out and sharing home brewing equipment? Do you have any horror stories about broken equipment or items that were never returned? Or maybe you got something back a little less clean than the way you left it...

Post a comment and let me know your thoughts on loaning out your gear and share you experiences...

14 comments:

  1. For me, hell no! I love my homebrew and my brewing equipment is my "off limits." Its kind of like this, I wouldn't loan my underwear to anyone and then wear it again after they had their hairy sweaty balls in them. Same with homebrew equipment, it is all mine.

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  2. Why would they have their hairy sweaty balls in your homebrew equipment? :-)

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  3. As long as they're friends I know I can trust, and I wasn't brewing, I'd loan the equipment.

    The way I see it is that all the Homebrewers I know are very careful anyway, lest they spoil a batch of beer. They'll treat my equipment with care, or replace it if not.

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  4. Of course. Especially with my all-grain stuff so brewers can give it a try without having to sink in a bunch of money. Usually though, I like to invite people over to brew with us so we can talk work through problems or questions

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  5. I'm happy to loan stuff. Anything I can do to encourage somebody to brew is fine with me.

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  6. Hopshead, lets hope your buddies would not put anything hair nor sweaty near your equipment...

    Senor Brew, great question...

    Ian, good point, this particular friend is new to home brewing, and as Adam suggested, by loaning him some stuff, I'll be able to get him more into it...

    Travis, he's borrowing the bottling stuff, but has come by to help brew before. We may brew a kit batch together this weekend...

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  7. Loaning stuff out depends on who it is. Thinking about it makes me cringe though!

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  8. Oddly enough, I'm hoping to borrow a wort chiller for tomorrow night...

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  9. I would lend my friends my kettle and bottling equipment, but probably not my fermenter.

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  10. I borrow brewing equipment from other people. I always have end up having to clean it tho.. sucks..

    www.homebrewtavern.com

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  11. Well if your getting free equipment to use why Bitch about having to clean it. They are doing you a favor.

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  12. Agreed, leave in better shape than you found it...

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  13. Neophyte home brew guy here. Bought a kit and some basic equipment. Cleansed equipment and following instructions in kit. It states that after 24 hrs I should see bubbles coming up through the pressure release device (water filled tube). Two days and nothing at all. I'm beginning to think that the yeast is dead (I cooled it down to 75% before adding). Should I go out and buy more (maybe liquid yeast). It is just sitting there in cool place about 65, Any suggestions?

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  14. jbeems,

    I would wait a little longer, and check the seals... Take a hydrometer reading after 72 hours and see where you're at if there's no bubbles, but no bubbles may not mean anything bad...

    read this: http://blogs.homebrewtalk.com/Revvy/Think_evaluation_before_action/

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