The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Newbie switching to AG: Critique my setup!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-17-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
CharlosCarlies
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CharlosCarlies's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Conroe, TX
Posts: 700
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts

Default Newbie switching to AG: Critique my setup!

This is my first post after a couple months of lurking. I hope threads like these are ok.

I'm finally making the jump after about a year of extract/partial mash brewing. I originally wanted some kind of 3-tiered keggle system, but January has been a great month for my business so I decided to splurge a little.

Here's what I am considering so far:

(3)B3 15 gallon kettles
- Kettle: standard ball valve with a bazooka (not the T) screen for hop straining
- MLT: same kettle and screen w/ a thermometer added (is the bazooka ok for my MLT?). might add some insulation later unless it holds temps well.
- HLT: same as above w/o the screen.
- I already have one burner, so I will add another dedicated to the HLT. Anybody like using three so I can fire the MLT if needed?

Anything I'm missing? Anything you would change? Am I at least on the right track? Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give me!

__________________
CharlosCarlies is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-17-2009, 07:11 PM   #2
Chris_Dog
Orange whip?
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Chris_Dog's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,519
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Welcome to the club!!! I am sure the B3 tier will serve you well for years to come.

Pretty sure that if you don't insulate the mash tun you will loose substantial temperature mashing for an hour (+).

I suggest that you do a "wet" run before brewing and make note of how much dead space in each step. Maybe even do a BS mash with rice hulls to see how well it will hold temp.

The bazooka screen works great with flower hops but it will clog every time with pellets.

Cheers!!! Chris

__________________
Chris_Dog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-17-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
CharlosCarlies
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CharlosCarlies's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Conroe, TX
Posts: 700
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Thanks Chris! Good to see that I'm thinking somewhere along the right line.

Quote:
The bazooka screen works great with flower hops but it will clog every time with pellets.
Yeah, I noticed that when I was researching the bazooka. What are some other options if pellets are all I can get?
__________________
CharlosCarlies is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
Chris_Dog
Orange whip?
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Chris_Dog's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,519
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Flower hops are the most common.

__________________
Chris_Dog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 12:41 PM   #5
The Pol
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 11,616
Liked 51 Times on 48 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris_Dog View Post
Flower hops are the most common.
Really? I thought it was the other way around, due to the ability to keep hops "fresher" in the pellet form. You will also get slightly better IBU utilization with pellet hops. Most HB stores dont even carry leaf hops, and if they do, they carry very few. AHS only carries three varieties, NB carries about 3x as many pellet varieties as they do leaf... many HB stores dont carry leaf hops at all.

Go to Freshops.com and buy all the leaf hops you want at a great price.

+1 on the temp losses. I presume that you will not be satisfied with a non heated and non insulated SS MLT. The cooler the ambient temp, the more unhappy you will become.

Are you building your brew stand? Cant wait to see it, I LOVE brew rigs.....
__________________

Last edited by The Pol; 01-18-2009 at 01:26 PM.
The Pol is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
brown_dog_us
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Roswell, GA
Posts: 178
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Just my 2 cents...

I'd go with a cooler for the MLT. They hold heat really well and you won't need another burner.

__________________
Fermentor: Brown Porter
Fermentor: American Pale Ale
Fermentor: Blonde Ale

Keg: Imperial Stout
Keg: Steam Beer
Keg: Robust Porter
Keg: Blonde Ale
Keg: Red Ale
Keg: Vienna Ale
brown_dog_us is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 01:50 PM   #7
The Pol
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 11,616
Liked 51 Times on 48 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by brown_dog_us View Post
Just my 2 cents...

I'd go with a cooler for the MLT. They hold heat really well and you won't need another burner.
+1, I LOVE coolers...
__________________
The Pol is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 02:20 PM   #8
Chris_Dog
Orange whip?
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Chris_Dog's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,519
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Pol View Post
Really? I thought it was the other way around, due to the ability to keep hops "fresher" in the pellet form. You will also get slightly better IBU utilization with pellet hops. Most HB stores dont even carry leaf hops, and if they do, they carry very few. AHS only carries three varieties, NB carries about 3x as many pellet varieties as they do leaf... many HB stores dont carry leaf hops at all.

Go to Freshops.com and buy all the leaf hops you want at a great price.

+1 on the temp losses. I presume that you will not be satisfied with a non heated and non insulated SS MLT. The cooler the ambient temp, the more unhappy you will become.

Are you building your brew stand? Cant wait to see it, I LOVE brew rigs.....
I really don't know which is more prevalent pellet or flower hops. You may very well be right. I was only trying to say that other that pellet hops flowers would be most common, in response to the OP'er question. However after rereading the question I see he was asking about filter options not hops...

A false bottom is another boil kettle filter option.
__________________
Chris_Dog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 04:02 PM   #9
CharlosCarlies
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CharlosCarlies's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Conroe, TX
Posts: 700
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Quote:
Are you building your brew stand? Cant wait to see it, I LOVE brew rigs.....
That's the plan. I'm sure I'll probably set up some kind of bootleg stand at first because I'm just not patient enough to wait, but eventually I'm going to find a welder and get him to build me up something nice and pretty.

Quote:
A false bottom is another boil kettle filter option.
Would a false bottom be better for pellets or will it clog as well? The reason I ask is that I live near AHS, and it seems like pellets are pretty much all they carry.

Quote:
Just my 2 cents...

I'd go with a cooler for the MLT. They hold heat really well and you won't need another burner.
Yeah I've been going back and forth on this. It seems like everybody loves their cooler setups, but the B3 pots are just sooo pretty. Considering I can get the pot for $230, the bazooka for ~ $20, and a thermo for ~ $30, I decided I'd go ahead and splurge. It looks like if I do go this route, I'll definitely have to add some insulation to the total price though.

I guess my question is, price be damned, what would you choose? An insulated B3 or the cooler?
__________________
CharlosCarlies is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
brown_dog_us
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Roswell, GA
Posts: 178
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Well, I'd go with a cooler. I'm lazy and they make it soooooo easy. Go with what works for you though.

__________________
Fermentor: Brown Porter
Fermentor: American Pale Ale
Fermentor: Blonde Ale

Keg: Imperial Stout
Keg: Steam Beer
Keg: Robust Porter
Keg: Blonde Ale
Keg: Red Ale
Keg: Vienna Ale
brown_dog_us 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
Critique my beer brewing setup mancavebrew Equipment/Sanitation 15 05-08-2009 02:51 PM
Switching DME with LME bjzelectric Extract Brewing 4 04-10-2009 01:26 AM
Newbie Question About Equipment Setup Bean Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 03-02-2009 04:06 PM
Critique my newbie bottling method FSumac Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 09-23-2008 12:09 AM