Attn Homebrewers: Your wishlist?
A good friend is deeply involved in homebrewing various beers. I would like to buy this friend a christmas gift, and I figured that getting him something for this hobby would be the way to go. Unfortunately, as is usually the case when buying a present in the vein of someone else's hobby, I know a good deal less about it than he does.
So, homebrewing hounds, what would you like as a Christmas gift? I know his interest runs more towards ales than lagers, if that helps. Also if it helps, he brews primarily out of his kitchen, with a few 5-10 gallon plastic tubs for fermenting in his basement. In other words, still a fairly low key operation.
Ideally, a gift would cost $20-$60, but I'm flexible to an extent. Equipment and ingredient suggestions are both welcome, as well as anything else you can think of.
Here are the Christmas gifts I have asked for over the years:
Barleycrusher (only useful if he is brewing with grain - or wants to)
Large bottle of Iodophor
Large cannister of PBW
Brewing related books. Radical Brews by Randy Mosher or Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels are must haves
And I keep asking for a 14 gal. Stainless temperature controlled conical fermenter, but Santa never seems to bring it. ;-(
I suggest two glass carboys w. airlocks, a bottle brush and some b-brite cleanser; basically what he needs to move from the bucket to glass. It's a little more work but I think it is more fun and more professional looking. It isn't so advanced as to be intimidating but it helps to move him a little farther along in the gear category...of which, one can never have enough.
BTW - A wort chiller is handy no matter what size brew.