I've been brewing with extract + specialty grains for many years, and want to make the jump to all-grain - or at least to mostly-grain partial mash if the equipment I have is going to be a limiting factor.
After reading up on the various processes, particularly DeathBrewer's Easy Partial Mash
and Easy Stovetop All-Grain
and BIAB, I'm thinking the process is demystified in my mind enough to take a stab at at.
In a perfect world, I'd go out and procure some new equipment. Unfortunately, money's tight for a while, so any major equipment purchases (or multiple minor purchases) are going to have to be put off. Dropping a couple hundred on equipment isn't an option for the moment, so I'm going to make do with what I have.
Which brings us to the question - given what I do
have available and the financial limitations, what process would you recommend? I will be doing 5 gallon batches, as that's what all of my brewing, storing, and serving equipment is intended for.
Here's what I have at my disposal -
* All the standard equipment the average extract home brewer has.
* A 5 gallon stainless brewpot w/lid.
* A 9 gallon stainless brewpot w/lid. I plan to add a ball valve.
* A propane 2-burner outdoor cooker. Not sure of the BTU rating, but I know it's good for a 5-gallon boil, and probably good for a 7.5 gallon boil.
* Immersion wort chiller.
* Typically equipped kitchen with an electric range.
What I specifically don't have is a mash/lauter tun, nor do I have something I can repurpose at the moment.
Given these constraints, what process would YOU use?