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tenbrew 02-06-2013 05:42 AM

Moving to all grain - equipment check
 
I've been successfully doing full boil 5 gallon batches for a little while now and have all the equipment necessary to make that happen. I'd like to move into all grain brewing and I think all I would want is a 10 gallon mash tun like this http://www.midwestsupplies.com/thermo-mash-tun.html (yes I want to buy not diy).

Sanity check please - is there anything else I would need or will soon really, really want to have?

Thanks

lespaul23 02-06-2013 08:01 AM

Congrats on your decision. I was doing full boil 5gal batches, made the same mash tun for $60 and thats all I needed.

You need to make sure you have someway to heat up your sparge water. A second pot is needed. But the only thing I could think of that you might need is your own grain mill. You can get by using your LHBS mill for your first couple batches, but cranking all that grain by hand gets old.

If you have a way to heat your 3+gal of sparge water in something other then your brewpot, I would say if you can get a grain mill.

ApothecaryBrewing 02-06-2013 01:37 PM

I just made the jump to AG about a month ago. I have a 10 gallon mash tun and an 11 gallon kettle.

You do not need a second kettle or lauter tun but they are extremely helpful. My process currently involves running my wort into a spare fermenter while I heat my sparge water in my kettle. Once I have my first running I do a batch sparge and move the wort to the kettle.

I am currently looking to get a 7 gallon kettle or a 7 gallon cooler to convert into a lauter tun to make life easier.

So all you really need to make the jump is a 10 gallon mash tun but having a separate kettle or tun for sparge water is helpful. I just did the one tun because money is tight.

chri5 02-06-2013 04:16 PM

I use a second cooler as a HLT to store my heated sparge water. That lets me lauter directly into the brew kettle.

rayfound 02-06-2013 04:40 PM

Looks like you're good. I Lauter into bottling bucket then transfer to the boil kettle after I add the sparge water to the MLT. I batch sparge.

I won't try to convince you to DIY... but your really should DIY it.

BrewLou 02-06-2013 05:08 PM

As the above said I wont try and convince you to make a MLT but its cheaper and takes about 15 minutes on the floor to get it put together :). That said I would also urge you to buy or make a wort chiller and pick up a solid paddle or something sturdy and easily cleaned to stir with.

I typically use...

Boil kettle to get my strike water heated
MLT
Lauter into bottling bucket/empty fermenter
Turkey fryer base for the propane (you seem to have this covered since you are already boiling 5g batches)
Copper wort chiller
Also depending on how big of beers or style of beers you plan on making, I would recommend a spare micro fridge for lagering or potentiall storing yeast.

I am working on that last step myself at the moment! Smack packs get expensive when you are brewing 10%+ABV beers :D

Finally if your LHBS allows you to mill there that is one less thing to worry about. If not, then you will need to build/buy some sort of grain mill.

rklinck 02-06-2013 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rayfound (Post 4871557)
I won't try to convince you to DIY... but your really should DIY it.

I agree. I converted a 12.5 gallon cooler to a mash tun last night for a total cost of right at $60. This was my second mash tun conversion. I was scared to death to try it at first but then saw a YouTube video showing how easy it is.

chri5 02-06-2013 05:57 PM

Honestly though, $150 for what he linked is not a bad price. A cooler is 40-50, a false bottom is 40-50, and those SS fittings aren't cheap.

I DIY'd mine.

BrewLou 02-06-2013 06:23 PM

$12 Stainless Steel mesh hose for me. Never had an issue with my 5 gallong MLT, and 3 HG batches of mash through my 10g MLT have gone nice and smooth. I definitely thought of getting a false bottom but the cost was a bit much and limited my "savings" on the project.

Clonefan94 02-06-2013 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tenbrew (Post 4870274)
I've been successfully doing full boil 5 gallon batches for a little while now and have all the equipment necessary to make that happen. I'd like to move into all grain brewing and I think all I would want is a 10 gallon mash tun like this http://www.midwestsupplies.com/thermo-mash-tun.html (yes I want to buy not diy).

Sanity check please - is there anything else I would need or will soon really, really want to have?

Thanks

The only other thing you'll really need is a spare bucket to drain your wort into, or a second brew pot that can hold the water you'll need for sparging.

Also, I'd consider at least a DIY mash paddle. You can get away with a large spoon, but if you get a lot of grain in there, mixing it in that 10 gallon cooler could be a challenge and at the very least, a lot more work that could easily be saved by even a simple mash paddle.


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