The newest brewing related hardware addition is a little Baby Fridge (Haier 55 Litre Bar Fridge). The little fridge should be just the right size for yeast starters (the general house temperature tends to be too cold in winter and to hot in summer), cheese making and maybe even keeping some English Ale at 'warm' beer drinking temperatures (10-12degC).
keg fridge, the little Baby Fridge's thermostat is broken and so the compressor runs all the time and freezers everything inside. Unlike the keg fridge, the Baby Fridge was not a freebie, but not too many people want 'broken' fridges so it cost only $10 - via Ebay.
In order to provide more floor space and usable room inside the fridge - for starter flasks and large containers - the door-shelving was removed. The plastic liner is easy enough to cut with a sharp Stanley-knife.
The Baby Fridge now fits a 5L starter-flask which it didn't before the modifications.