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Old 10-30-2008, 04:42 PM   #11
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FYI you can get cheap(er) glass French Presses at TJ Maxx. I got mine there for $20. It holds 1 litre.

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Old 10-30-2008, 05:19 PM   #12
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FYI you can get cheap(er) glass French Presses at TJ Maxx. I got mine there for $20. It holds 1 litre.
Mine was $15. $21 shipped.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:02 PM   #13
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i never considered that. How much liquid do they hold? And how much grain would it take for that to work. It would be convinient
I have a 4 cup bodum and use it to make 2L (preboil) starters at around 1.035 SG. It takes about a half-pound of grain and two or three sparges to make it all work. The volumes are very small, so it goes pretty quickly.

I have to admit, though -- I don't do this very often. DME or canned/frozen wort are much quicker alternatives to making starters.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:13 PM   #14
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I have been thinking about getting into AG brewing and stumbled upon this thread. I tend to learn better by experience and I think this may be a perfect way to learn some basics of AG brewing without the expense and waste. Anyway, I did a little research and found this:

51 oz capacity, double wall stainless steel construction.
Seems like a prefect French Press for this type of application I am about to run out and see if I can pick one up.

Bodum® Columbia 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Press from Bed, Bath and Beyond

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Old 10-30-2008, 09:17 PM   #15
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The basic brewing guys have been using them to make samples of different grains and Chris Colby of Byo was on there recently also using it for making Hop tea...

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Old 10-30-2008, 09:49 PM   #16
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I have been thinking about getting into AG brewing and stumbled upon this thread. I tend to learn better by experience and I think this may be a perfect way to learn some basics of AG brewing without the expense and waste. Anyway, I did a little research and found this:

51 oz capacity, double wall stainless steel construction.
Seems like a prefect French Press for this type of application I am about to run out and see if I can pick one up.

Bodum® Columbia 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Press from Bed, Bath and Beyond
That's the one I have. Love it for coffee, but the wife would be pissed to see beer being made in it.
I have found myself looking at the filter and wondering if I could build one that would fit in my 60 qt. kettle for ultra fast sparges. Kind of like a mini-industrial mash filter.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:09 AM   #17
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One of the things on my want to do list is to make counter top AG brewery for 1 - 2.5 gallon batches.
Wow, that would really piss my wife off. Maybe I'll try it.
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:10 AM   #18
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So heres my first real attempt.


Grind your grains and pour them into the french press. My crush was a bit too fine but it usually is. If your a first time AGer see if your LHBS can crush a little on the coarse side. Or if your ordering online some rice hulls might be a good idea. Ill be experimenting with this in the future.
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Dough in with you mash water that should be heated by now. Do this in the sink just in case you spill. I filled it a little too much. Next time I would go with a little less but it still worked great.
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Put the top on and wait an hour or so depending on your recipe. I wrapped it in a few hot wash cloths because my oven wouldnt go below 200.
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Now to sparge. Very easy just consists of slowly depressing the plunger as if you were brewing coffee. Then just pour off your wort.
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Repeat filling, stirring, depressing, and pouring until your desired volume is achieved.

Your going to get some bits of grain. Probably less than I did because of the fine crush. I didnt have any coffee filters so I tried to use a torn piece of paper towel. It was poorly sized so it didnt work well but a more careful trimmed coffee filter would probably work worlds better. I just let the grain settle out before boiling. I quickened this by throwing the wort in the fridge. Just decant off the grain if necessary and boil as usual.
I know Im missing something...so point it out.

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:27 AM   #19
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Did you check the temp drop?

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Old 10-31-2008, 11:58 AM   #20
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Once again I have to applaud the creative genius at work here.

For small scale mashing like this, I wonder whether using the Brew In A Bag technique would work well too? That's what I use for my five gallon batches, but it'd be a piece of piss to scale it down to do smaller batches.

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