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Old 11-24-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Just fooling around this morning with some ebrewing stuff I bought at Home Depot, when it hit me that I could make simple electric AG kit and mail it to my son in San Francisco for Christmas. I've been mailing him finished beer and thought he might like to brew his own.

So here's the the basics of the kit:

5 Gallon bucket $2.50
Lid $1
1500w 120v element $10
1" lockring $.50
5' cord $5
Spigot $3
Air lock $2
5 gal paint strainer bag $2

So I got ~$25 in the hardware

Here's a demo bucket action (don't be hatin' )




Include some grains and a pack of yeast.

Haven't worked on the recipe, but it should go something like this:

Add 3 gallons water to bucket and plug in
When boiling, unplug and add X amount tap water (to bring down to mash temp guess I could include a thermometer in the kit, but hey I'm cheap)
Add the grains and first wort hops cover with lid and sit for an hour
Remove bag
Boil for 1 hour
Let cool
Add yeast, lid, airlock
Let sit for 5 days in the cool San Francisco air
Add priming sugar to PET bottles and fill from spigot
harvest yeast and brew another batch
Wait 3 weeks
Chill and drink


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Old 11-24-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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I don't think you will be able to boil an hour with no temp control. You will get a vigorous boil and get a boil over.


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Old 11-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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That doesn't look unsafe at all.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:09 PM   #4
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How long did it take to bring it to a boil?
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anyone see some danger here? lol
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Damn, just burned the garage down. That didn't go to plan.
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Those exposed wires right next to the bucket fitting make me twitchy.
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Tapping an electric element into a plastic bucket??

These buckets are meant for paint and therefore i believe are not food grade.
Those exposed wires are even less "food grade" with that huge leak from the bottom
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short video of the boil. 2000w 120v on 20 amp circuit

I cheated at put few drops of fermcap
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The use of the word ghetto here is offensive to the word ghetto. That's terrifying.


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