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Old 04-04-2008, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default Is anybody else still using the bucket-in-bucket system?

Seems like every post I read involves mashing and lautering in a converted cooler. Am I the only one around who mashes in a pot on the stove and lauters in a double bucket?

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Old 04-04-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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I am new to AG brewing, but I did my first 5 or so batches using this method. At best I could get 55% eff. I think the reason for this was all the heat I would lose in the transfer. The real kicker to make the switch to a cooler was when I added too much hot water to the LT and hot wort pushed up between the buckets, about a gallon. Man the wife was ticked...I was mopping sticky wort for a week.

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Old 04-04-2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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I dont know since Im a newbie but would like to learn your method as im a little low on funds to build a MLT right now with 2 kids a mortgage and these home heating and gas prices. Can you explain your method to me and Ill join you in your lonely method. Much appreciated.

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Old 04-04-2008, 01:08 AM   #4
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I do not recall ever seeing anyone post about it, so I'll say:

Yes!

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I did two batches with a system like that. I thought it was a PITA. But if it works for you, no reason to change!

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Old 04-04-2008, 01:39 AM   #5
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I didn't do bucket in bucket, but I did mash/lauter in a bucket with false bottom and a spiggot. Got around 75%. Then I bought my kegs and built a tower.

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Old 04-04-2008, 01:49 AM   #6
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Apparently you're not the only one:



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=61405

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Old 04-04-2008, 02:27 AM   #7
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I dont know since Im a newbie but would like to learn your method as im a little low on funds to build a MLT right now with 2 kids a mortgage and these home heating and gas prices. Can you explain your method to me and Ill join you in your lonely method. Much appreciated.
I had the standard two bucket starter kit that I converted by drilling 3/16 holes "uniformly" over the entire bottom of the bucket without the spigot. I would insert the false bottom bucket into the bucket with the spigot. With the mash in the bucket I would do a standard batch sparge and let the runnings flow into the brew pot. I think it would work better if you used a false bottom in the bucket with a spigot. Maybe even wrap it with some insulation and use it to mash in as well.
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:46 AM   #8
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If I'm not mistaken, William's Brewing actually sells this type of set up as their AG option. I believe it also includes some type of insulated cover that fits over the whole assembly. Might be worth looking into for those going this route to help maintain proper temps.

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You know, I never did the bucket-in-bucket thing. I just went for the cooler and never have moved off that.


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Old 04-04-2008, 01:28 PM   #10
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I never seriously considered the bucket-in-bucket system after realizing how easy and cheap it was to make a cooler mash tun. It just seemed like such a PITA to have any semblance of temperature control. I mean, what's the advantage other than it maybe being a couple dollars cheaper?

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