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Old 01-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #71
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My setup is pretty ghetto, but gets the job done:

Send first runnings to bottling bucket....
Just a FWIW, best not to use your bottling bucket for transfers of unboiled wort, as the fresh wort is loaded w/ lacto bugs...I know you will sanitize before use as a bottling bucket, just not best practice...better to get a spare bucket for that purpose IMO...

Hot and Cold side of the brewery should not mix equipment for sanitation reasons.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:43 PM   #73
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Here is my 10 gallon batch sparge system. I also have a couple other smaller pots I use for heating extra water.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:41 PM   #74
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Stay where you're at! Simple is better IMO. I've been around the world from where you're at, to a Brutus 10 setup, to a 50L Braumeister and back again. I love the simplicity of a basic system like you (and I once again) have. It makes great beer and there is much less to clean at the end of a brew day.
Great to hear! I've thought about how much money I could potentially spend, which is frightening, and decided to stick with what I've got for the most part. I do want to start doing 10gal batches, which will be possible with my keggle, and I'll probably need a new chiller since my IC is only 25'. Otherwise I plan to continue making phenomenal beer with the simple setup I have. Cheers to keeping it simple!

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Just a FWIW, best not to use your bottling bucket for transfers of unboiled wort, as the fresh wort is loaded w/ lacto bugs...I know you will sanitize before use as a bottling bucket, just not best practice...better to get a spare bucket for that purpose IMO...

Hot and Cold side of the brewery should not mix equipment for sanitation reasons.
Thanks for the tip! I never knew that about unboiled wort. I actually keg and if I need to bottle I use a beer gun, so the bottling bucket is only used for transferring wort from the MLT to the BK, and hauling water around. Is it really that easy for the lactobacteria to get into the plastic? Really good to know nonetheless.
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I mash and sparg from the same equipment...an old commercial coffee urn. I put a digital temp controller on it and it will hold whatever temp i want for as long as i want it to. I sparg from the sprayer that was used to brew coffee. I also have it set up as a RIM system, works like a charm.

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #76
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THis is one cool setup, what size batches can u make?

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Old 01-29-2013, 10:27 PM   #77
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Stay where you're at! Simple is better IMO. I've been around the world from where you're at, to a Brutus 10 setup, to a 50L Braumeister and back again. I love the simplicity of a basic system like you (and I once again) have. It makes great beer and there is much less to clean at the end of a brew day.
Glad to see someone with experience say this. I get equipment envy when I go see my brew club friends' set ups, but I'm not sure their beer is any better than what my ghetto rig turns out. Reminds me of some golfers--"If I only had that $750 driver, my game would finally come together.". But I think the hot side is only 25% of the game--fermentation makes good beer!

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Glad to see someone with experience say this. I get equipment envy when I go see my brew club friends' set ups, but I'm not sure their beer is any better than what my ghetto rig turns out. Reminds me of some golfers--"If I only had that $750 driver, my game would finally come together.". But I think the hot side is only 25% of the game--fermentation makes good beer!

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Exactly. What helped me to come around is a friend who has been brewing for 15-20 years and has made over 450 batches (that's a batch at least every 2 weeks and most 10 gallons) stays "old school" as I like to call it.

But....check out Denny's site. He's up there with the best in this "hobby" (even has his own yeast) and unless he hasn't updated recently, stays very "old school"!

MUCH less to hassle with and way easier come time to clean!

http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:19 PM   #80
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I have a round 10 gallon mash tun, and bought a cheap 5 gallon water jug/cooler for the sparge water.
While my mash is going on, I heat sparge water in my boil kettle. When that is up to the temp I want (usually over the mash out temp) I then pour it into the second (5 gallon) water cooler to hold temp till used.
Drain the first mash runnings into the boil kettle, then dip the sparge water out with a pitcher until I can lift and dump the rest into the mash tun for the mash-out/sparge.

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