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Old 01-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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I've done 10 or so extract brews ready for the next step. Can someone give me a list of items I'll need to get going to go all grain using an cylindrical cooler mash tun?

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Cooler mash tun

Big enough kettle to do full boil (10 gal minimum)

Refractometer ( if you want to check gravity along the way)



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Cooler mash tun

Big enough kettle to do full boil (10 gal minimum)

Refractometer ( if you want to check gravity along the way)
Plus a HLT for sparging (assuming the first runnings will go strait into the BK).

+1 on the refractometer
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Don't forget about a mash paddle and a towel...

"Don't forget to bring a towel... Man, I'm so high right now." -- Towelie.

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+1 on the mash paddle!
Which brings me to a thought: Before you begin, fill your BK with 1 gallon, dip mash paddle in and mark the paddle. Repeat this process until you get to the max value in your kettle.

It seems like a small thing, but is pays HUGE dividends!

Do the same with your carboys/buckets if you have not done so already.

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+1 on the mash paddle!
Which brings me to a thought: Before you begin, fill your BK with 1 gallon, dip mash paddle in and mark the paddle. Repeat this process until you get to the max value in your kettle.

It seems like a small thing, but is pays HUGE dividends!

Do the same with your carboys/buckets if you have not done so already.
Meh, sight tubes (on boil kettles) are far better/easier.
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Meh, sight tubes (on boil kettles) are far better/easier.
Indeed they are, I was thinking about the easiest and cheapest way though.
But yes, a sight glass (if properly calibrated) is way easier/better
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Indeed they are, I was thinking about the easiest and cheapest way though.
But yes, a sight glass (if properly calibrated) is way easier/better
My first sight tube:


My second, and current, sight tube:
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That is some pretty and shiny equipment you have there!
Kind of goes along with what I was saying about overall cost when first starting out into AG.

That setup looks like it cost you a half fortune.

Pretty though!!

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That is some pretty and shiny equipment you have there!
Kind of goes along with what I was saying about overall cost when first starting out into AG.

That setup looks like it cost you a half fortune.

Pretty though!!
I make the sight tubes myself. Did the keg polishing too, if you know where to look you can usually score kegs pretty easily. Cost me less than it would cost to buy a 15.5 gallon kettle to make each one. Even with the TC fittings on the second one.


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