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Old 07-04-2011, 01:31 AM   #1
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Hey I need help, Thinking about going all grain, and I need some advice about equipment, I want to do 5 Gal batches or 10 gallon batches. as of now all I have is a 5 Gal pott.what would be the best way to go for setting up with a budget but I want to do it right the first time around.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:37 AM   #2
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I would suggest getting at least a 10 gallon pot. You will need some sort of sparging device. I have a modified Igloo 10 gallon cooler with a 1/4" ball valve, along with some braided ss line for filtering. I also have a 5 gallon cooler set up the same way. I would suggest getting at least a 10 gallon cooler; my 5 gallon can only handle about 12# of grain.

I think you should get a propane burner if you don't already have one. You will need some sort of stirring spoon if you don't have one. A wort chiller is needed too. I'm sure there is more, but off the top of my head, this should get you started.

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Old 07-04-2011, 01:42 AM   #3
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I do have a wort chiller already,plus a big spoon.

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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I have an 8 gal pot, but wish it were bigger... soon hoping to go to 10G batches..

AG seems complicated, but you will get a routine going, and find ways to tweak..the beer is better (IMO), but I occaisionally do an extract for the pure simplicity and to save time...

Be prepared for more of a time commitment...chilling will take longer as you are doing full wort boil.

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:18 AM   #5
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I will keep that in mind I normally do it in my bath tub full of ice,with a the wort chiller
I have use a sump pump to move the water thru the chiller!

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Do you have a mash tun? In addition to a 10 gallon brew pot, I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler with SS braid as a filter. I'm not sure the 5 gallon pot would be much use as you would need 10 gallon minimum size for brew kettle as well as 10 gallon for mash tun for a 5 gallon batch. See this post for instructions on the mash tun...very easy!!:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/

Like the above post by avidhomebrewer, you should also have a propane burner. It will take a few brews to figure out your system but they will be better beers (assuming you can control your fermentation temps well!).

Oh yeah, and buy a program such as Beersmith!

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+1 on rubbermaid conversion ... very inexpensive, and fun, easy to build

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+1 on the 10 gallon pot. Perfect size for 5-6 gallon batches. Do you use a sump in order to transfer cold water due to a warm tap? Do you have a place to brew outdoors?

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I use sump in order to transfer cold water thru my wort chiller to save on water,and not
to waste live in az yes i have a place

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Sounds good, the propane burner should be a go then. I was just thinking maybe you could run a garden hose into a secondary chiller or even tubing in a bucket of icewater, then run the supercooled water into your actual chiller inside your kettle. Just a thought. I've not tried it but seems like it could work and maybe easier than the pump.

Anyway, good luck. You'll really enjoy making the switch. I know I did.

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