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Old 03-04-2007, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Just call me Bob the builder; AG setup done.

After much thought on what I wanted and much reading your posts on "how to", I finished my AG stuff today. I found a 5 gal gott cooler at wal mart for 15 bucks so I bought it and then went to the plumber supply to get stuff for the bulkhead. I am testing for temp consistency and leaks as we speak, so far so good although it does leak a little if I push up or down on the valve, but only a little. I think I can deal with it. I am going back to wal mart to pick up another cooler for my hlt today and then I'm done!
I made my wort chiller yesterday with 40' of 1/2" copper tubing and garden hose attachments, it was way easier than I thought. This along with my new 10 gallon brew kettle and I am all set for all grain. I will be brewing my last extract/PM this next weekend. Next brew will be AG...not sure what I'm going to brew but it will probably be something simple like an amber ale; no frills. All in all I think I spent around 250.00 bucks for everything I needed to go AG.

That's it, thanks for all of your help and the many threads started about converting coolers and making wort chillers etc...



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Congratz man! Welcome to the AG world.

My MLT leaked a drop every 30 seconds when I first put it together... I went ahead and did my first mash anyway. After that mash, I guess the pressure and the heat sealed it because it doesn't leak at all anymore.

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Awesome, now all you need is a 50# bag of 2-row. They only run around $35-$40! Welcome to less expensive and equal quality brewing.

(Some may argue that AG is higher quality and I may not disagree)...

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Awesome, now all you need is a 50# bag of 2-row. They only run around $35-$40! Welcome to less expensive and equal quality brewing.

(Some may argue that AG is higher quality and I may not disagree)...
I was brewing quality beers doing extract but I always felt it was a little limited and formulating recipes with extract was damn expensive so I always stuck to kits. With AG, it's inexpensive and you have the freedom of doing your own thing without paying 60 bucks for ingredients. Now i have to start harvesting my yeasties so that I can cut that cost too...one thing at a time though


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Congratz man! Welcome to the AG world.

My MLT leaked a drop every 30 seconds when I first put it together... I went ahead and did my first mash anyway. After that mash, I guess the pressure and the heat sealed it because it doesn't leak at all anymore.
I finished my test and it held the temp for an hour and a half, I preheated it as well so I'm sure that helped. It didn't leak at all, only when I pushed the bulkhead around did it leak...I can deal with that, although I would like to make the bulkhead less "squishy" and more rigid so it wouldn't leak. I will see what I can come up with. I also used the stainless braid for my filter and I will see how that works.



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I finished my test and it held the temp for an hour and a half, I preheated it as well so I'm sure that helped. It didn't leak at all, only when I pushed the bulkhead around did it leak...I can deal with that, although I would like to make the bulkhead less "squishy" and more rigid so it wouldn't leak. I will see what I can come up with. I also used the stainless braid for my filter and I will see how that works.



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You'll find that the grain holds temp very well. I've seen my MT hold temp for over an hour at exactly 156 degrees. The key is make sure your grains are inside room temp so you don't loose initial heat when striking.

Note, even if your valve only leaks a small amount intermittently, place a couple layers of paper towels under the spot. That stuff is sticky and once it drips down, it manages to work its way here and there.
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Now i have to start harvesting my yeasties so that I can cut that cost too...one thing at a time though


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And grow your own hops!
I can get you some fresh ones around here in the fall. I'm going to grow some myself, but it takes a couple years for them to get established - but my friend who lives up in Savoy, and my wife's friend who lives on a farm in NY, have tons of hops growing at their places.
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My mom is a Master Gardener and a big fan of my home brews. She is already telling me what kind of hops would grow best around here. She also has some friends who grow them for decoration .

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My mom is a Master Gardener and a big fan of my home brews. She is already telling me what kind of hops would grow best around here. She also has some friends who grow them for decoration .
I was planning on Cascades; I've heard they are pretty hardy, and they're so mofo tasty... Can you check with her on whether they would be a good choice?
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