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Old 12-10-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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So I've done about 3 batches of wort bladder kits and am a little interested in trying to do an all grain batch. I need to know what equipment i should buy and how much it'll run me down too. Thanks so much

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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You can dive into all-grain pretty cheaply, if you start with BIAB-style brewing. Basically, you just need a pot large enough to mash in, a mesh bag to hold your grains as they mash, and you're all set! I also use a bucket to press the wort out of the grain, but that's optional. You can always just suspend the bag for like 10-15 minutes and let it drain.

I have no mash tun, HLT, etc. Just a big pot and a mesh bag. You'll also need a burner capable of doing a boil that large. I have a gas stove that works well enough, but have a propane burner on the way. If you have an electric stove, you may need a propane burner.

If you really want to dive into all-grain full on, then you can worry about the other items (mash tun, HLT, etc.). BIAB is the easiest, cheapest way to find out if all-grain is for you.

Look for the BIAB sticky at the top of the all-grain forum. LOTS of great info there.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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you could spend $100 or $10,000. Whats your Price Range? My Set up:
Bayou Burner $45
10g Igloo style HomeDepot Cooler MashTun $40
CPVC Manifold $10
Bargain Fittings Ball Valve Kit $10
7.5g Aluminum Pot (can't remember the cost).

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:07 PM   #4
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I'd like to keep things under 200. Around 100 would be really nice.

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I'd like to keep things under 200. Around 100 would be really nice.
Good luck. Even a low cost system adds up quick. You could do it for 100 bucks, but I guarantee you'll notice 100 bucks worth of stuff that would make your beer and life better halfway through your first batch. 200 is feasible, you'll end up spending 4-500 at least in the long run.
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I was doing extract for while and moved to BIAB as the next step. It was a relatively inexpensive (about $100) and easy transition, plus the beer came out great!

I already had the big ticket items like propane burner and keg (which I cut the top off of) though.

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You can easily do it for under $100, assuming your stove can get the job done. My jump to AG BIAB was a $75 35 quart aluminum pot from Canadian Tire (I see you're from Quebec), and a $8 bag from my LHBS store. Its possible you could even find a cheaper pot, I've definitely seen some our American friends talk about pots as cheap as $30-40, but for me that was all I seemed to be able find locally and it works great.

Eventually I'd like to add things like a wort chiller, but its in the -20 range here now, so a quick chill in the sink and then a pot sized hole in a snow bank gets it done pretty well. For draining the pot I picked up a metal colander for I forget (under $10) that fits over my pot and I rest the bag in, but I don't even count that. Its just a useful household kitchen item that happens to get used more for brewing

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5 gallon igloo type cooler used from craigslist. $10
Bottling spigot. $3
Brass garden hose fitting. $5
Toilet supply braided line. $9
Metal vegetable steamer used from goodwill for false bottom. $1
Discounttommy ebay Corona mill. $28

Done. Batch sparge with a thinner mash (1.4 qt / lb) and you're good to about 11 lbs of grain.

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Edit..you can brew in a bag with a $4 paint strainer bag too.

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So I can do it all from a pot and no mash tun? Could somebody tell me the order of operations with just a pot. Kinda like instructions? Thanks sooo much too I really appreciate all your guys help so far

EDIT: i also already have a primary and secondary fermentor from my extract batches too.

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Look at the top of this forum for the BIAB sticky thread. Great instructions, pictures, everything you need to know.

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