Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > All Grain Equipment Needs

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-27-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
MikeSar
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 19
Default All Grain Equipment Needs

Hello everyone,

I would like to start brewing using the all grain method. I currently have a 5 gallon Rubbermaid cooler and what I believe is a 5 gallon pot. What additional equipment will I need?

Thanks!

__________________
MikeSar is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2010, 04:51 PM   #2
wilserbrewer
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 9 reviews
 
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 6,574
Liked 395 Times on 337 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

You need a method to strain the grain (lauter), a bucket to catch the runnings (hdpe), and a larger kettle unless you want to brew 4 gallons or less at a time. A wort chiller is nice but not mandatory IMO.

The basic method w/ a minimum of equipment has you use your only kettle to heat water and sparge the grain. When this is complete, you transfer the collected wort out of the bucket and return it to the kettle for boil. This is a minimalist approach but will work to you collect more equipment. Search "dennybrew"

__________________
wilserbrewer
BIAB Bags, Hop Bags and Ratchet Pulleys for sale

Expert tailor and supplier of custom sized, top quality BIAB bags, hop bags and ratchet pulleys at reasonable pricing

http://biabbags.webs.com



CORONA MILL BUCKET SYSTEM V. 2.0
wilserbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2010, 05:02 PM   #3
Synovia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, Il
Posts: 1,327
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

You really need a bigger pot. Unless you're planning on 2.5g batches.

For a 5g batch, you're going to end up with 7g or so of runnings, and need atleast an 8g pot


use the 5g pot as your hlt.

__________________
Synovia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2010, 05:55 PM   #4
MilwaukeeBrewGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 344
Default

yes, make a keggle. Find an old 1/2 barrel and cut the top off it. Then have a valve welded on or maybe use a weldless one.

__________________
MilwaukeeBrewGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2010, 06:20 PM   #5
jaginger
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hartford, CT
Posts: 482
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Do some reading on the BIAB method. I just got started all-grain and it was pretty dang easy. That's one way to go if you want to get up and running cheaply and simply. Lots of more elaborate solutions as well which may also be your cup of tea.

All you will need is a $2 paint strainer from Home Depot, as long as you are doing the smaller size batches as mentioned above.

__________________
jaginger is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2010, 10:31 PM   #6
HSM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: McMurray, PA
Posts: 477
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeSar View Post
Hello everyone,

I would like to start brewing using the all grain method. I currently have a 5 gallon Rubbermaid cooler and what I believe is a 5 gallon pot. What additional equipment will I need?

Thanks!
Just a bigger pot and a bigger cooler!

I've been using a 32 qt cooler as a MLT and it maxes out at about 12lbs of grain. You can't do a full boil in a 5gal pot. Look for 8gal min, I would go 10-15 gal if possible. They will be handy in the future.

You have to heat it, sweet lady propane works for me.

Here's a decent deal on a 15 gal pot:

http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/...-60/p4858.aspx

LOL, I just bought this. 67$ with shipping and I have a bulkhead/valve that I got from bargainfittings today just waiting. Looks like my 8gal pot is now my HLT.
__________________

"Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis."
www.TheFreeSpeak.com


Last edited by HSM; 01-27-2010 at 10:45 PM. Reason: just bought the pot
HSM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-28-2010, 01:15 AM   #7
jaginger
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hartford, CT
Posts: 482
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Nice pot deal. I see it's 7 gauge -- how does that compare to most pots? I'm not up to date on pot thickness yet.

__________________
jaginger is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2010, 02:35 PM   #8
HSM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: McMurray, PA
Posts: 477
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

It arrived yesterday but I didn't open it until now. This is one helluva pot. My 8 gallon pot is 4mm thick, 7 gauge is about 5mm (3/16").

Super deal for a 15 gallon pot.

__________________

"Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis."
www.TheFreeSpeak.com

HSM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2010, 03:38 PM   #9
craigd
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 318
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I agree with the bigger pot or smaller batches. You can get by with the 5G cooler for 5G batches depending on your berr style preferences - I have been using one for months. You will be limited to about 12 lbs of grain with it slam full to the top... That will get you to around 1.060 on a 5G batch which works for most of what I brew. If you drop to 3G batches for your pot then you can go higher gravity with that cooler. I will also say that while not strictly needed a dedicated HLT would be a really nice option - doing the wort shuffle with random pots so you can heat 2 sparges and collect your runnings to boil will get old.

__________________

-Craig

craigd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2010, 05:01 PM   #10
MikeSar
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 19
Default

Thanks for the response everyone! I'm getting ready to move into a new house so I think I'll make the switch over once I'm all settled.

One more question. If I use my 5 gallon cooler for a HLT what size should I use for a mash tun?

__________________
MikeSar is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All Grain Equipment woopig Equipment/Sanitation 4 01-21-2010 10:24 PM
New Guy - All grain Equipment bmac197 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 6 11-12-2009 08:11 PM
Help with equipment for all grain whitescout DIY Projects 11 11-02-2008 11:26 AM
All Grain Equipment dhaas66 Equipment/Sanitation 4 04-30-2007 01:54 PM
All grain equipment? Dave1 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10 04-12-2006 01:31 PM