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Old 11-27-2009, 05:43 PM   #21
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Great post. This will help provide the shove that I need to get going on AG. All of the things I read about RIMS, HERMS, etc. made me a bit wary. Just need to assemble the Rubbermaid MLT and get the BK that should arrive Tue. and then I am ready. Thanks. Montanaandy



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Old 11-27-2009, 07:27 PM   #22
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Great post. This will help provide the shove that I need to get going on AG. All of the things I read about RIMS, HERMS, etc. made me a bit wary. Just need to assemble the Rubbermaid MLT and get the BK that should arrive Tue. and then I am ready. Thanks. Montanaandy
You and the others saying the same thing make me glad I did this post. Cheers!


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Old 11-27-2009, 07:55 PM   #23
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AG is awesome in my eyes. Extract batches were fun when I started but I like the control factor that AG gives me with mash temps, specialty grains.

Like everyone has said it dosen't have to be expensive at all. I think the most crucial things for getting a setup that will work well is a reliable and accurate thermometer, cooler mash tun with enough capacity, turkey fryer/burner, some type of chiller and access to a grain mill at LHBS or at home. Of course this isn't the only route to go for equipment. Chillers can be expensive but with coppertubingsales.com prices and about 2 hours you can make a larger chiller yourself for quite a lot less than others charge.

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Old 11-27-2009, 09:57 PM   #24
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/first-ag-biab-smash-149085/

All Grain is very easy. Except for the math.

You don't need a cooler. You can get a 30 Qt Turkey Fryer setup from your local home hardware mega mart for about $80 or so, $5 for large paint strainer bags and you are off and running. My paint bag I can attest will hold 12 Lbs of grain wet. I probably could have gone to 13 or 14 Lbs. 14 would have been a bit much for my piece of mind, but it can be done on the cheap.

I am in for less than $200 for equipment. If I tried real hard to remember the costs of it all, it is probably less than $175.

Ferment in a tub with ice packs keeping the water chilled. Ice packs too much? Freeze water in plastic containers and use that. Need bottles? Buy your bottles already full and clean the empty ones in the dishwasher.

Note-if you use bleach, rinse till your blue in the face. Then rinse one more time. Don't ask how I know.
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:29 PM   #25
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Waiting for Dec. 8th to roll around before hopping on the AG wagon...Xmas bonus day, baby!

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Old 11-28-2009, 01:38 AM   #26
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Tonight I'm picking up a 10 gallon cooler, and a turkey fryer hopefully tomorrow I will do my first AG batch!

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Took me 3.5 hours to drive 23miles to pick up my new 10 gal mash tun, and turkey fryer.

Due to which I couldnt make it to the LHBS so my venture into All grain will have to wait untill next week.

God I love driving on sheets of ice, and watching idiots in their 4x4's doing multiple 360's. Saw one guy do it twice times in 1 block, you'd think he'd learn.

But still... AG will be worth it!
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Took me 3.5 hours to drive 23miles to pick up my new 10 gal mash tun, and turkey fryer.

Due to which I couldnt make it to the LHBS so my venture into All grain will have to wait untill next week.

God I love driving on sheets of ice, and watching idiots in their 4x4's doing multiple 360's. Saw one guy do it twice times in 1 block, you'd think he'd learn.

But still... AG will be worth it!

Don't worry, as you know brewing is about patience. You would think people would know how to drive better in ice/snow in Canada......
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:01 AM   #28
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Don't be afraid of all grain. I started brewing one year ago with all grain, I've never brewed an extract batch. The things I screwed up never had to do with the mash or the sparge, it was more of the beginner stuff like sanitation. If you can do extract you can do all grain.

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Old 11-28-2009, 02:53 PM   #29
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Neighbors tossed out a perfectly good 12 gal igloo cooler... only problem, didn't have the plug for the drain hole. SO, i'll be going to the hardware store today to get all the necessary fittings to turn it into an MLT, then it's working on finding an old keg to convert to keggle.

Oh, and i guess i'll brew the final extract batch i have in the fridge. (then watch GA Tech destroy UGA!!!)

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Old 11-28-2009, 08:58 PM   #30
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That said, after a couple "off" PM and extract batches I'm first concentrating on making sure my process is really dialed in. One thing at a time.
Please disregard what I said a couple days ago, here's a picture of the mash tun I built today:



The spray foam in the lid will be coming off when it dries. It's a 45 qt. Rubbermaid from Home Depot ($33) and a stainless steel braid. The one problem with the cooler is that I needed to mount the ball valve upside down for it to close completely.


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