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Old 01-26-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default MacGuyver brews in a bag...

EDIT: links are busted, the links in my sig.

Ok, here are the pics of my ghetto phabulous all grain setup. Here are the cost rundowns...

1 five gal Igloo cooler - $15
1 four gal pot (2 for full 5 gal batches) - $30
1 grain bag - $10
1 bottle cap (used) - $.0078
1 rubber band - $.003

And thats it! Total cost in equipment for this 3 gal condo batch = $55.00


This is the tiny kitchen in which I have to work.


From left to right, my HLT (also known as the Pasta Pot) and my Kettle (I know, he's a little guy, but with two you can do a full 5 gal batch, my electric stove can't handle the single big ones)


The bag itself, hung up so you can get an idea of the scale. Yeah, it's big.

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Old 01-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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Defrosting the water I had in my trunk (it's cold on the east coast!)


All doughed in, this is only a 3 gal batch (got to love condo living)


My hastily purchased hydrometer to replace the one that I broke 10 minutes into the mash


My sparge mechanism
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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This looks great, as I too live in a small space...

More pics please, I'm really curious about your rubberband bottle cap mechanism...

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I learned its important to use a cap from a Sierra Nevada Celebration for this step, and the ones you use to cap your own bottles simply won't work. (and you won't have a tasty SN to drink in the meantime...)


The application of the sparging mechanism


Pulling up on the bag a little to restart a slow sparge


And the boil

And there you have it!

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Old 01-26-2008, 10:08 PM   #5
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JESUS! thats pretty sweet

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Old 01-26-2008, 10:10 PM   #6
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Yeah, but can you blow up the bad guys with nothing but a paper clip and a piece of gum? I thought not.

Hehe, I love that ghetto spigot-holder-downer.

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Excellent. I don't know if Macgyver would have thought of the cap.

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He did, I think I saw it in an episode once. It wasn't for brewing though, it was for blowing something up... can't remember exactly what...

...or why...


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haha that's histerical.

you know there should be a contest for the cheapest/ simplest way to brew AG and the most complex ala Rube Goldberg.

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Okay...my kitchen's smaller than that, but not by much. I bet I could do that in my place.

Dangit. Another level to the obsession.

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