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Old 10-31-2008, 02:13 PM   #21
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Did you check the temp drop?
Ya pretty significant. Close to 10 degrees. But my washcloths slid off at some point, I wasnt babysitting so I have no idea when. If your oven goes down to a reasonable temp you could just set the oven too 100, 150, or 160, somewhere in there and it would keep the temp much better. I also thought about filling up the sink with the proper temp water. That should hold the temp really well.
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:20 PM   #22
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This is a really cool idea. Now someone needs to put a fine grind on some grain and brew with an espresso machine. Wort shots!

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Old 10-31-2008, 03:06 PM   #23
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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.

It works very well! It's also probably less costly to get started in than with a french press.

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Old 10-31-2008, 04:41 PM   #24
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Great topic. I was just wondering about doing a 2 gallon batch of real heavy weight beer this way. Thanks Chalie

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Old 10-31-2008, 04:47 PM   #25
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For those who don't have a french press already, I think it would be cheaper and a little easier to buy a 2 gallon cooler and install a hose braid. It would also be more applicable for beginners wanting to step up to larger batches in the future. But if you already have the french press, it would seem just fine.

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Old 10-31-2008, 05:08 PM   #26
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Tiny decoction mash?

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Old 10-31-2008, 06:44 PM   #27
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I have been using one to make up wort for starters. They work great. (I wrap mine in a towel and pop it into in a pre-heated oven to keep the temps up while mashing.)
That's actually a really good idea!

I should have kept my old french press when I got a new one.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:50 PM   #28
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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
For the price of that you could make a small cooler mash-tun for cheaper.

I did see a Bodum glass, 48oz press for $40.
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I'm liking to try this for a PM sometime. Going to stop by Target this afternoon so maybe I'll check out their french presses.

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Everyone should get one of these. There is no better home-brewed coffee than from a French press.

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