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Old 04-22-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default New brewer looking into All grain.

Home brewing is a new hobby for me, but I am completely hooked. I love making beer just as much as I love drinking it. I made my 5th batch lastnight, my first batch was made march 4th.

Now I want to look into trying all-grain brewing. I have looked at mash and lauter tun kits on ebay and they run anywhere from $130 to $240. I have also looked at a converted keg kit at a HBS that ran $170. I am hoping that someone will be able to give me a list for what I would need to make my own, or would buying one be a better idea? I know my way around my toolbox and I like building things, but I am looking for some advice from anyone who has either built or bought one or both.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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I have a converted cooler that I use for a mash tun. There is alot of information here on the forum- there is a DIY forum in the equipment area that talks about making alot of your own equipment. The wiki (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...h.2FLauter_Tun) has tons on info, too.

And also don't forgot howtobrew.com- this link: http://www.howtobrew.com/appendices/appendixD.html which actually explains how to build a MLT out of a cooler.

Some people find a used keg and cut it themselves. Since I'm not very handy with tools, I had to buy mine but I think most people build their own much cheaper than the $150 area you were thinking about. I think most people can do it for under $50.

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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Like Yoop said, investigate first.

No need to pay premiums for pre-built when with a drill and a wrench you can assemble your own. Check out peoples galleries and look at what they've done.

It'll be worth it to take your time and construct some of your own equipment.

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Old 04-22-2007, 09:02 PM   #4
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First read this http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/

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Old 04-22-2007, 09:17 PM   #5
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Also look on ebay or craigslist. I bought a ten gallon setup and a whole bunch of equipment from a guy on craigslist for really cheap. I was lucky to land a good deal. Now im just waiting to land a good deal on a turkey fryer then ill be in business.

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If you really want to go for a low budget system, check out this thread started by a guy down in Australia. I plan to do one of these just for the heck of it even though I have already been doing all grain for over four years.

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/php...pic.php?t=4650

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Brew in a Bag? I'll pass.

He mashes with the total amount of water needed for the brew including the extra for grain absorbtion, that would be around 3 quarts per pound of grain. For one of my average pale ales I'd be looking at mashing with 10.50 gallons that would drive the ph up like crazy and extract tannins. I also think it would be quite dangerous trying to pull that huge bag full of very hot wet grain out of the keg.

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I fashoned my first like this one here http://cruisenews.net/brewing/infusion/page1.php

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I fashoned my first like this one here http://cruisenews.net/brewing/infusion/page1.php

I'll second that, the above link is a great resource for a CHEAP AG system and it works very well.

All you need is a cooler (the above is a 5 gallon round "Vicrory" Rubbermaid cooler), about 6 inches of copper tubing, 5-6 feet of vinyl tubing, a rubber stopper to plug the existing hole in the cooler (not sure what size, I bought 4 or 5 of the smallest the LHBS had and used what worked), a hoseclamp and a stainless steel braid from a toilet water supply hose.

About $30 or less and you too can brew your first AG beer!
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For AG I've spent the following

$120-10 Gallon kettle for full boils
$70- For Immersion Wort Chiller
$15- 5 Gal mash tun with about another 15 in fittings.
$20- for another set of fitting for a cooler I already had

right now I use my works burner and propane but eventually I would like to buy my own, so add another hundred in there for a burner and tank. Thats about it. It's not cheap, but the costs can be minimized and I encourage you to build as much of it as you can to cut costs.


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