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Old 11-25-2008, 12:06 AM   #51
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i'd run a search on this forum "aluminum vs. stainless steel" and you will find a lot of argument that aluminum works just fine.

i've always been a fan of stainless steel just because it's way cooler

from everything i've read, you can mash and boil in aluminum...no problem.

(EDIT: you can boil in aluminum...whoops!)

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well holy crap! I didn't know it was one of those subjects people actually argue over... I thought it was one that was pretty much unanimously decided on. I will have to check that out. Using a cheap aluminum pot compared to a 75 dollar stainless pot would be great

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So I definitely want to try this method, but the only problem is I have a 30 qt pot and a 16 qt pot. Is there any way it would be possible using this equipment? Or do I need a bigger pot?

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I think I'm going to add your Vienna/Northern Brewer SMaSH to my too brew list but I will use one of my MLTs. What advantage does this method have over just using a MLT? My stove top has a microwave over it so close that my 30 quart pot doesn't fit anyway.

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Old 11-25-2008, 01:12 AM   #55
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Hey DB, thanks for the advice in my thread earlier, I used this method today.

I added both pans to 4 gallons added some (9#) DME and had a full boil in the garage. Cant wait to taste this, and to try more batches of other recipes.

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So I definitely want to try this method, but the only problem is I have a 30 qt pot and a 16 qt pot. Is there any way it would be possible using this equipment? Or do I need a bigger pot?
you could do a smaller batch, or a lighter ABV beer, or you could do a partial mash. basically, you are limited to the amount of grain you can use by the size of your pot.

there are other ways, tho. you could mash in your larger pot, then heat up the sparge water in your small pot. after you mash is done, you can sparge by pouring the sparge water over the grains in a colander. this method is not as effective as the tea-bag method of dunking the grains, but it does work.
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I think I'm going to add your Vienna/Northern Brewer SMaSH to my too brew list but I will use one of my MLTs. What advantage does this method have over just using a MLT? My stove top has a microwave over it so close that my 30 quart pot doesn't fit anyway.
no advantage, except convenience. i just wanted to show people that you don't need all this fancy equipment to do an all-grain batch.

definitely try out my SMaSH. it's the bomb
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Great thread. I've only done two batches of extract but felt like I would try your partial mash technique next. After reading this it seems like I should give this a shot instead. Is it too big a jump in technique?

Also, FYI for those looking to get a second large pot. If you prefer SS over aluminum, the 30 Qt turkey fryer kits at Sports Authority (in my area anyway) come in both varieties and cost less than $40.

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i use a 30 qt pot for almost all my 5 gallon batches, no matter which method i use. that'll work great.

check out my PM thread...i think it's probably best to start with that.

no matter what, you can't read too much before you move forward. the more you know, the better off your first go will be.

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DB, I think I'm going to try EdWort's Haus Ale (all grain) using the stove top method. Any tips for mash water volume and sparge water volume?

I'm going to mash on my stove and sparge/boil on a propane burner outside. Any suggestions or tips are welcome.

I'm a bit new to this and I don't quite understand the water/grain relationship for mashing and sparging.

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