Originally Posted by Jeebas
Does anyone else have this issue? Is it just "I don't want to wait the amount of time it takes to get 7 gallons to a boil" or its just never gonna do it. I wasn't planning on forking out for a burner. But then again, all this stuff is adding up to more than I foolishly initially expected:
15 gallon brewpot (I'm figuring why not buy a larger one to do larger batches now) - Whether I go Polarware (with thermometer added on) or Boilermaker, its looking around $300-350 - I decided I didn't want to go the keggle route as it would limit me to keeping it out of my kitchen.
Grain Mill - $120-140
Cooler and Hardware to Make Mash Tun $50-70
So looking at $470-560
So whats another $100 or so for a burner and stand? Then again that's setting up the burner in my basement (No real garage at my place, just a carport) limits my access to clean water.
I went with a 20-gallon aluminum pot from eBay - $60
3 Stainless ball lock weldless from bargain fittings - $27 each totaling $83 (brass would be cheaper)
Got the 10-gal igloo water cooler for $20
Used my 9-gallon former BK as the HLT - $repurpose (originally $55)
Weldless termometer kit and 3-inch probe thermometer from bargain fittings - $31
pasta roller grain mill from Michaels - $15 (required some DIY carpentry)
burner was a turkey fryer setup from amazon - $40 (no pot)
3/8x50' Immersion chiller copper from eBay - $35
fittings from home depot - $2.50
That's the bulk of my setup. It was pieced together over time, but in total I kept it under $350. I can do 10-gallon batches up to 1.070 without having to use extract. The two limitations for me right now are the 10-gal MLT and the 9-gallon HLT. They are too small for big beers unless I'm doing a partial mash (using extract to boost abv).