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Old 01-28-2009, 11:35 PM   #21
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If you are looking for a mash tun, then I would suggest BUILDING YOUR OWN - you can cut costs significantly by doing this. The bonus about that kettle/tun is you can always use it for your brew sculpture if you so choose in the future.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:13 AM   #22
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how would i be able to build my own? and for going to all grains would it be better for a mash tun

or better yet what do you sugjest my next step should bet to transfur over to all grain and where should i look

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Old 01-29-2009, 02:25 AM   #23
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I'd seriously consider it.

I went from partial boils to a 30 quart turkey fryer like that one, but aluminum, and got mine for $40 or $50 at some sport equipment place. bass outfitters?
the one you list is a bit pricey, but it's 35 quart, and stainless, so that's good.

I've done extract for about 2 years, full boils for most of that and am just now collecting things for All-Grain and 10 gallon batches. I would concentrate on your process and fermentation control before worrying about stepping up. Although the full boils is a good one to go for.

You can set up a mash tun for AG with a cooler. do a search on that. Wish i had Denny's link handy.

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Old 01-29-2009, 02:34 AM   #24
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Around Christmas I snagged 2 brand new turkey fryers. Both 30Qt, both nice. One for $25, the other for $30. There's no beating those prices... keep an eye on Craigslist in your area. That's where I got them.

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Old 01-29-2009, 02:46 AM   #25
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no matter what i need to up grade my pot since i am going to propane, im using a 3 or 4 gallon pot thats a pain to use, so i figured instead of buying millions of pots, might as well prepare for the most and if it takes alittle longer to get there then i plan then thats alright

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Old 01-29-2009, 02:55 AM   #26
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I just bought the Saf-T-Fryer from lowes a couple weekends ago. They're on clearance now, but different prices at different stores. We have 3 Lowes in Fort Wayne and I called around to each of them - one was still selling it for the original price, one on clearance for $85, and the last store I called had it on sale for $65. I bought the $65 one

The burner and pot are great, IMHO. A couple notes if you do get it - don't even bother with the Saf-T part of it. Just take that thermocouple and tie-wrap it to one of the legs. Second, the top rack part that holds the kettle in place will screw right off if you want so the burner can be used with any pot. And I really liked the 35qt. pot with a spigot when most come with only a 30 or 32qt. pot with no spigot.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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Old 01-29-2009, 06:11 AM   #27
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I'm looking into a fryer as well. I'm more interested in partials myself but this is more than what I would currently need.

Bayou Classic 30-qt. Outdoor Cooking System : Target

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:09 AM   #28
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Maybe it's already been mentioned here. But don't forget about the wort cooling side of the equation. You will probably want an immersion chiller for the full 5 gallons, if you don't already have one. If you plan on cooling in ice water, be sure the pot will fit in whatever sink or tub you have.

Jus' thinkin' out loud...

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:33 AM   #29
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how would i be able to build my own? and for going to all grains would it be better for a mash tun

or better yet what do you sugjest my next step should bet to transfur over to all grain and where should i look
Look in the DIY section for plans on this. I have an old cooler with the stainless steel braid setup.

The item you pointed out will MORE than get the job done and can be a very viable solution. But for me, its more about the satisfaction of doing it yourself and saving some coin in the process. The DIY section of this forum has some really really neat ideas.
Oh yeah, and +1 to the wort chiller. This was my second purchase (after the turkey fryer)
There is a guy on Ebay who makes them. You should be able to pick one up for around $50 shipped.

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:18 PM   #30
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alright, heres my plan...gonna take me alittle longer to buy all this stuff....getting alittle introuble willing to spend money on this stuff instead of helping out on bills, but this will help me get out of here saving money and keeping a hobby that keeps me out of trouble..spending lots of money

anyways, here is my idea, looking into buying
Amazon.com: Bayou Classic 1060, 60-Qt. Stainless Fryer/Steamer with Vented Lid: Patio, Lawn & Garden
Amazon.com: Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane: Patio, Lawn & Garden
Amazon.com: Escali Primo Digital Multifunctional Scale, Black: Kitchen & Dining , this just for measuring
Amazon.com: Progressive International 11 Inch Stainless Steel Steamer Basket: Kitchen & Dining
and a fermenting bucket to poke holes into...
whenever i do this i plan on getting the steamer that fits correctly, right now did this quickly to show my point, but if i poke holes in a bucket then i might now even need that, but it might be helpful to help filter it all out and what not
so ill cook the grains in the pot, then when its done pour it into the fermenter with the steamer into another fermenting bucket so i can dertermine how much water ill need in all. then ill pour it back into my pot to finish the job.

the wort chiller i think im going to make my self, doesnt seem to hard to make, plus i have the free time to make it work while saving a dollar.

so how does this all sound and what can i do to improve this? remember money is an object. i just hope i dont end up spending tons of money on propane
i looked at the dyi and got distracted for over an hour on countless things, im afraid of that section now cuz i see all the things i want, a walk in freezer...mmmmmm
thanks

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