Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Going all-grain.. extra brew pot as mash tun?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-28-2013, 04:24 AM   #1
jthmeffy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 12
Default Going all-grain.. extra brew pot as mash tun?

I'm looking to go all-grain. I currently have a aluminum 6 gallon brew pot that I've been using for extract brews. My original plan was to grab a 10 gallon aluminum pot and a 10 gallon round cooler for my kettle and mash tun and use my original 6 gallon pot to heat sparge water (for batch sparge).

Well, today a wrench may have been thrown into that original plan. I was just gifted 10 and 15 aluminum gallon pots, one of each. So, to save myself a fair amount of money, would there be major complications in using the 10 gallon pot as a mash tun and just maintain the the temperature directly? I know that may be a bit of a pain.

__________________
jthmeffy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2013, 04:49 AM   #2
day_trippr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 10,311
Liked 1228 Times on 994 Posts

Default

I think I'm having problems with your math. If someone obviated the need for you to buy a HLT and a much more practical BK, why not put the "found money" into a new cooler MLT if that's what you'd prefer? I'd retire the 6 gallon vessel as it's not very practical for anything when doing 5 gallon all-grain brews, use the 15 g as your BK and the 10 gallon as your HLT, and pick up a cooler to build your MLT...

Cheers!

__________________
day_trippr is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2013, 04:57 AM   #3
Ta0
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Posts: 35
Likes Given: 2

Default

Whatever you choose to do (could buy cooler for mash tun and start making larger batches) keep in mind what measures you need to take to protect aluminum http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/faq-...kettles-49449/

Good luck

__________________
Ta0 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #4
brick
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
brick's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 163
Liked 27 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I'd still go with the round igloo mash tun. It will be easier to use...just heat, dump, mix, and wait....with no chance of scorching. Once you dial in your process to hit the desired temps the igloo holds them extremely well.

__________________

Homebrewing: because a bucket list should consist of actual buckets.

brick is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
jthmeffy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 12
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by day_trippr View Post
I think I'm having problems with your math. If someone obviated the need for you to buy a HLT and a much more practical BK, why not put the "found money" into a new cooler MLT if that's what you'd prefer? I'd retire the 6 gallon vessel as it's not very practical for anything when doing 5 gallon all-grain brews, use the 15 g as your BK and the 10 gallon as your HLT, and pick up a cooler to build your MLT...

Cheers!
I'm not planning on going with a fly sparge method, so I don't see why I need a huge HLT. From what I've read, I'll need to heat up ~5 gallons for the initial mash and the sparge. And I don't need to use a cooler; I went with that idea initially because it was cheaper than getting a second pot.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ta0 View Post
Whatever you choose to do (could buy cooler for mash tun and start making larger batches) keep in mind what measures you need to take to protect aluminum http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/faq-...kettles-49449/

Good luck
Yep, I've seen those threads

Quote:
Originally Posted by brick View Post
I'd still go with the round igloo mash tun. It will be easier to use...just heat, dump, mix, and wait....with no chance of scorching. Once you dial in your process to hit the desired temps the igloo holds them extremely well.
I know it would be easier; I guess I wanted to know if I would be making a grave mistake by not going with a cooler over the pot. From what it sounds like, I might end up making a mistake if I end up scorching it.. hmm..
__________________
jthmeffy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-29-2013, 04:38 AM   #6
Cyclman
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Cyclman's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Aurora, CO
Posts: 4,208
Liked 381 Times on 333 Posts
Likes Given: 122

Default

I use a direct fire MT, you have to stir when heating it, it needs to be insulated, especially the lid, but it's not that big a deal.

I love lagers and Belgians, easy to do multi step and decoction mashes with a direct fire tun.

__________________

Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! Bill Owen quote

Join the Beacon Point (Aurora, CO) Brewclub on Facebook- casual, fun brewing, drinking, socializing!

Cyclman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
have a mish mash of extra grain...what can i brew? raptorvan General Beer Discussion 5 09-11-2014 04:14 PM
Brew in a bag small batches. extra grain? vadem All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 6 10-08-2012 12:41 PM
First all grain brew via biab. mash ph? Veedo All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 12-03-2011 10:51 AM
can I get an extra small batch of low gravity beer from extra sugars in mash crlova2 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 08-17-2010 06:45 PM
Extra Grain for a Hefe Partial Mash Kit, Use it?? IBUPIMP All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 10-16-2009 11:27 AM