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Old 12-19-2009, 05:23 PM   #21
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Alright, new campaign guys...

"You Don't Need Fancy Hardware for All Grain Brewing"

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Old 12-19-2009, 06:26 PM   #22
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Alright, new campaign guys...

"You Don't Need Fancy Hardware for All Grain Brewing"
I've been saying that for years. There's nothing fancy about a cooler and a toilet hose!
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:57 PM   #23
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I have done 20+ batches this way. Batch sparging. I do about 1.25-1.5 qt/lb in the cooler. Pull out the bag, tie it to a piece of pipe I hang outside, let it drip. Split my sparge water into 2 batches, dunk the bag, mix it and let it sit 10 minutes, repeat for second batch. I get 70% with the midwest crush, I'd probably do much better crushing my own. Cheap, super easy and I see absolutely no advantage to a manifold.

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Old 12-20-2009, 09:00 PM   #24
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I christen us "The Unmodified Cooler Brew Club".

Or, "The Tea Baggers" if you prefer.

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:28 PM   #25
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I am joining the teabaggers, I was going to mash in a cooler then lauter in a pail with holes in the bottom.

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Old 12-20-2009, 11:09 PM   #26
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Actually, I'm one level down from you fancy-pants out there with a bag for your cooler...I just use a thin curtain that I never got around to sewing into a bag. Line the cooler with it, dump in the grain and water, and make sure the curtain pokes out the edges when I close the lid. When it's time to drain, I lift up the curtain a bit, open the drain (no ball valve yet) and tip the cooler a bit to let it drain.

I did my last 5 gallon batch like this (the last couple have been one gallon each), and while I didn't check my efficiency (because I wasn't measuring my volumes) I can tell you that the beer has turned out damn fine...one of my best batches yet.

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Old 12-20-2009, 11:38 PM   #27
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I just did a 2.5 gallon batch on my stove and it was GREAT!!!

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Old 12-21-2009, 02:13 AM   #28
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Now I'm going to have to make a new how-to thread: "Teabagging (With Photos)"

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Old 12-21-2009, 04:33 AM   #29
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Line the cooler with it, dump in the grain and water, and make sure the curtain pokes out the edges when I close the lid.
Yeah cool! I am thinking of trying something similiar too, where I mash in my cooler, not in a bag, and dump the mash through the bag into the kettle after 60 min.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:45 AM   #30
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I mash in my bottling bucket with the grain in a mesh bag. Temp holds very when the bucket is wrapped or covered in heavy blankets. My latest batch got a 76% efficiency but I didrequest an extra fine crush

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