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Old 11-06-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default Can one Kettle be used as HLT , MASH TUN AND LAUTER?

So I have only done extract brewing a couple times and would like to move to all grain. I have around 300 dollars in my budget to spend and gear left over from my extract brewing kit... So if I were to purchase one 10 gallon stainless steal brew kettle, could I use this as my hot liquor tank, my mash tun and my lauter?

I'm looking at at these kettles...

http://spikebrewing.com/products/9-gallon-home-brew-kettle-2-vertical-couplers



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Old 11-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Yep, it'll work great. Look into Brew In A Bag brewing (BIAB). It's become incredibly popular as it requires little equipment for all grain brewing.



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Old 11-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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Do some research on BIAB (Brew in a Bag).


Using a traditional process, no...you really need at least two vessels. But you can with BIAB, although there are of course trade-offs.

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I use my 8 galon brew kettle and 1 converted retangular cooler, and a bucket and do batch sparge all grain. The rectangular cooler and conversion were less tha $50.00 totall.

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If you're handy and you have some tools you could look into building a 15 gallon kettle out of a sanke keg. it doesn't look as pretty as a blichmann, but it's a whole lot cheaper.

You can wrap it in some insulation so it'll hold the heat better for mashing.

Do a search for keggle

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I did BIAB with one kettle. Then I bought a cooler and used the one kettle for the HLT, the cooler for the MT, and then putting the wort from the MT back into the kettle to boil. Only one pot and an inexpensive cooler.

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Make sure to get a high BTU burner to go with that big kettle.

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I was in your shoes just a few months ago. I went BIAB and have already done 5, 5 gallon batches and I'm hooked.
I bought an old Bass ale 13 gal keg from craigs list and build a keggle with it. I have a spigot, thermometer and a glass volume tube built into and use an old turker fryer burner.
If i can give some advice it would be to not get a kettle that holds less the 12 gallons. I usually start out with between 8 and 9 gallons of water depending on how much grain i use and how long i plan to boil to end up with about 5.5 to 6 gallons of wort. I think a 10 gal kettle is cutting it a little to close.

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ok ok thanks guys.. so mixed opinions, but it seems like the majority say I will need more than 1 kettle for all grain brewing.. I will look into the BIAB but I don't really like the idea of using a bag (plastic or not), I think I will just invest in another vessel.. My only question is, could I use two of the same types of kettles for this process? Or do I need one specifically as a HLT and one specifically as a mash/lauter?

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So I have only done extract brewing a couple times and would like to move to all grain. I have around 300 dollars in my budget to spend and gear left over from my extract brewing kit... So if I were to purchase one 10 gallon stainless steal brew kettle, could I use this as my hot liquor tank, my mash tun and my lauter?

I'm looking at at these kettles...

http://spikebrewing.com/products/9-gallon-home-brew-kettle-2-vertical-couplers
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I would suggest that you look into a 15 or 20 gallon pot. I would suggest an aluminum pot (they are less expensive and work as well). Try food warehouse services they have great prices.

As far as the BIAB - look into custombiab (I think they are in Ireland) and they make great products - not cheap plastic bags. You could get you entire setup for less than $120.


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