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Old 03-12-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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I brew with two of my house-mates and we really enjoy the whole DIY hobby thing, so we're very excited to take out little operation the next step and do all grain. However, I want to double check that we have everything we need before we figure out halfway through that we're missing something.

We're making a DIY mashtun (in my sig) and this fly sparge. Aside from that, we have all the standard kit stuff, brew pot, fermenter, glass carboy, etc.

Is "all grain" really just a sparge tool and a mashtun? We go to a place that grinds the grain for us, so we don't need a mill or anything.

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Old 03-12-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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Really thats about all you need. To make it even easier, just batch sparge.

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I would skip Fly sparging and batch sparge, but I would consider getting a mill instead. Your grain crush has the biggest effect on efficiency.

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If you are set on fly-sparging you'd probably want a PH meter. I would (and do) just batch sparge. Easy, much quicker, plenty efficient at extracting those precious sugars. Also when using a braided hose you could get channeling when fly-sparging reducing your efficiency. I am sure there are plenty of brewers here who get great numbers fly-sparging with either a braided-hose or copper manifold, but common wisdom is that you want a false bottom for fly-sparging.

Also agree on thinking about a mill in the future. Even if you get a good crush locally, having your own mill gives you much more control over your process which is key to predictability and repeatability.

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Thanks for the info guys, one of the guys I brew with suggested batch sparging as well, so that looks like our plan. As for a mill... I have a 1 cup mortar and pestle... Better get grinding now! (joke)

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Haha I found a used Barley Crusher from someone local for $75 and have been very pleased. Id say its definitely worth getting one new if you cant find one used.

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I purchased a corona mill off of amazon after some reading. Comes on Saturday, very excited.

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