I just completed my first AG brew this past Sunday. Irish Red Ale from NB.
everything went pretty well, temps were good, OG was right there at 1.044.
Used a converted Rubbermaid cooler as a MT with a pex manifold. seemed to work well, no stuck sparges. I did a sort of fly sparge, slowly poured 170 degree water over the grain bed til i got my 6 or so gallons... was going to do a batch sparge, but changed my mind at the last min... seems to have worked well enough...
it did leak when i poured the water in... then when i poured the grain in and stired it.. not a drop?
I just loved the smell !!
thinking about doing a lager during the cold months.
I notice on the instructions they call for different temps during the mash
Protein Rest: 122° F for 20 minutes
Beta Sacch’ Rest: 149° F for 30 minutes
Alpha Sacch’ Rest: 158 F for 30 minutes
Mashout: 170° F for 10 minutes
How are you supposed to do this in a converted cooler MT? or can you?
i dont see how you can raise the temps in it, unless you have a burner of some sort...