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Old 01-04-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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By suggestions on making my beer better for less. I know it's pretty broad, but maybe the little things. Like making it very clear

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Old 01-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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Are you using all-grain, partial mash, or extract methods?
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Partial mash. I am trying to get into all grain soon though. I have a keg I just need to get all the add ons. I'm a cheap bastard though so its hard for me to spend $70 on a mash tun kit for a keggle and then another $30 on a thermometer and sight glass

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You could look into BIAB, assuming you already have a good size boil kettle. If you do this you can go AG, buy yourself a mill and then start buying your grain in bulk. Over time the savings of buying bulk will cover the cost of your mill and start saving you some cash.

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Old 01-04-2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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Partial mash. I am trying to get into all grain soon though. I have a keg I just need to get all the add ons. I'm a cheap bastard though so its hard for me to spend $70 on a mash tun kit for a keggle and then another $30 on a thermometer and sight glass
You don't need a keggle, or a sight glass to brew all grain.
I have a turkey fryer, and a cooler mash tun.
I don't think I have more then $50 invested in my all grain "system"
take a look at this
Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Techniques - Cheap and Easy Batch Sparging
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Partial mash. I am trying to get into all grain soon though. I have a keg I just need to get all the add ons. I'm a cheap bastard though so its hard for me to spend $70 on a mash tun kit for a keggle and then another $30 on a thermometer and sight glass
Partial mash makes a great beer! Try to mash as much grain as you can in your system, and that will both save money and make great beer.

Washing and reusing yeast can save a ton of money. Controlling fermentation temperatures can be cheap and easy, by using a cooler with a water bath and a frozen water bottle or two to cool it, or an aquarium heater to warm it. Taking care of your yeast by using quality yeast in the correct quantity and at the correct temperature will improve the beer greatly and cost nothing.
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do a search for swamp cooler. You use it to maintain a good fermentation temperature. You should also check out the diy section as there are a lot of cheap gadgets in there.

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You could look into BIAB, assuming you already have a good size boil kettle. If you do this you can go AG, buy yourself a mill and then start buying your grain in bulk. Over time the savings of buying bulk will cover the cost of your mill and start saving you some cash.
I do biab and get by with my smaller pot by splitting the boil and doing the hops all in one of them. It makes great beer, I will never get a mash tun.

2 five gallin paint straining bags are only a few dollars @ hardware stores. I've used mine probably a dozen times.
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Look up "yeast washing". If you reuse yeast you'll save $3-8 per batch depending on what your brewing. Even if you use yeast only twice, you cut the cost in half.

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