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Old 08-01-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Want to go all grain but cant afford all new equipment

I have been wanting to go all grain for a while. I have enough $$ to get the turkey fryer and MLT cooler...but the brew kettles are a little too pricy for me at this point. Essentially i can get some things but not others...I have about $100 at my disposal with a $20 amazon gift card. I think that would cover me for a nice fryer and MLT set-up...

I have a 6 gal SS kettle now for extract brews, but i realized i need a 10gal to be serious...

My question is if i can get away with the 6 gal kettle? Heat up water for mash-in, then add more water for sparge (batch sparging of course)? Maybe do 4 gal boils and and top off with an extra gal at the end?

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sure, but it's much less of a pita to just make 4 gallon batches

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You might be able to do some real small beers in the 6gal kettle, but I wouldn't recommend it. Get the burner and MLT and some partial mashes until you can afford the big kettle. By the time you get the kettle you will be able to make the AG transition super smoothly.

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sure, but it's much less of a pita to just make 4 gallon batches
Ah the beauty of AG. BEing able to make any size batch you want.
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How much is to expensive for a brew kettle?

I bought a 13 gallon aluminum tamale pot last fall for $36 and has been doing the job for me so far.

P.S. I also do the steam part of making my hot wings in it too since it has that lip at that bottom to hold the plate above the boiling water.

P.S.S. I also picked up the materials for a second mash tun today, another 10 gallon cooler and the materials per flyguys guide for about $70, I think I want to go exchange the 10G for a 5 though so I can do experimental batches at the same time I am doing another full batch.

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Humann -- where did you find a 13gal brewpot for $36

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my set-up for ag didn't cost more than 100.
5g cooler converted-$19 for round igloo at walmart
$12 for fittings and braid

7.5g turkey fryer w/spigot -$52 at gander mountain

5g enamel pot for hlt $20 at walmart

my total was @110 with an extra trip to the hardware for a different valve

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The cheapest option is to do a brew in a bag method. Just need an extra large grain bag. The pot size will still be a problem but you wont have to build a MLT.

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I did quite a few batches in a 30 qt turkey pot. It works.

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I did quite a few batches in a 30 qt turkey pot. It works.
same here. Get some fermcap to minimize boil overs, and you can do AG in the 30 qt that comes with the turkey fryer.

You will eventually want to upgrade that pot though.
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