My father is giving me a pretty deluxe set up. I have done 5 batches of all-grain mash brew with my pretty unsophisticated rig, and had some great success. Now I will have all the best gear & I think it will help - especially the sparge & cooling process. I am excited to try a lager, keeping it cold should be pretty easy in Maine this time of year. I will have enough carboys to have 3 stages of brew happening at all times. My father went to school to be a master brewer, even studying in England & Ireland after he finished his degree here. This equipment kept him & his bluegrass friends in beer year round, and made for some pretty long "tasting sessions" and bottling parties. I am excited because I am going to be able to continue the tradition of brewing beer for my bluegrass picking friends. He has even agreed to give me copies of all of his tried & true recipes for Saison, Porter, Russian Imperial Stout, lager, alt, barley wine, etc, etc. Pretty exciting since his Boston brewer buddies, many of them well known, have said that he is the best brewer in Boston, and have been after his recipes for years. It is also not like my Dad to share this kind of stuff, maybe he is growing up.