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Old 05-16-2007, 02:20 AM   #1
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this is probably gonna sound dumb, but how much square footage is neccessary for a comfortable all grain set up. I have a rather small kitchen in my apartment and as of now, fermentation takes place in my closet. the place is kept at a constant 68 degrees so its no big deal, but i havent done all grain brewing and it seems to me that its the only way to go if want the best beer. also, if some one could explain in retard terms how to do all grain brewing from start to pitching the yeast i would be much obliged.

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Old 05-16-2007, 02:34 AM   #2
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Go to www.howtobrew.com and read about all grain, look at my setup here for all grain. It measures 72" tall, 36" wide and 18" deep. It is used for brewing AND storing all of my equipment...
http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u189/PolTavern/

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Old 05-16-2007, 02:47 AM   #3
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If you don't have the space you can make excellent beers doing partial boils with extracts. If it turns out you don't have the space, check out partial mashes which you can do in your bottling bucket only thing you need is a big nylon grain bag. Also, there a few things you can do to make your extract brews nearly identical to all grain. Good luck!

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Old 05-16-2007, 02:49 AM   #4
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Try doing Partial Mashes. It takes up a lot less room and you can still do partial boils on the stove top. I great solution if you don't have the space.

Here's the mini mash/lauter tun I made. I used a three gallon cooler and I can mash about 5 pounds of grain in it. If I remember, I ended up with about 3 or so gallons for the boil. It was also fairly inexpensive to make.

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Old 05-16-2007, 03:23 AM   #5
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so do i bring the water to proper temp then add the grains an hold it there for 30-90 min, the drop in mash tun. how do i rinse the grains?


Richbrewer - i see your setup in the pic-whats in the bucket with the sipgot and how did you get the wort into the tun? just steep the grains and then pour it all into the tun? ie gatorade cooler. ive read about sustaining temps in tun with is you gator, how do you achieve that?

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Id do it all in a cooler, and I do, look at my system. The top tank has sparge water, the middle tank is where the grain is mashed and lautered and the pot on the bottom, of course, is where you run the wort.

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so the top is your sparge water or the clean hot water you use to rinse the grains and the second level is the tun, so what goes in the tun. do you put the steeped grains only or the steeped grains and the water you steeped them in or just the grains and let them soak out in the water from the sparge tank?

sorry to be so thick headed

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Richbrewer - i see your setup in the pic-whats in the bucket with the sipgot and how did you get the wort into the tun? just steep the grains and then pour it all into the tun? ie gatorade cooler. ive read about sustaining temps in tun with is you gator, how do you achieve that?
The bucket was only used to raise the tun up to a height where the wort would drain into the kettle. The mini mash tun works like a big one. Strike water is added to the tun then the grains are poured in and mixed well. The mash then rests for an hour before being batch sparged. In the bottom of the mash tum is some braided hose that filters the grains leaving clear wort to drain into the kettle. the tun does a great job maintaining temps. It didn't drop one degree in 60 minutes.
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Here's a thread I did for the one I made. It is a huge thread but it explains everything I did.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=8805

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The center tank, the lower cooler, on my system is where I pour the strike water, and the grains, it mashes in there. In the bottom there is a SS false bottom, if you look at my photobucket site you can see how it is set up. When it is done mashing in there, I just crack open the ball valve and let er run into my boil kettle. I crack open the sparge tank valve the same ammount and let the sparge arm spray hot water over the grain bed...

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