So I've been homebrewing since the early 90's but after a nasty divorce (is there any other kind?) several years back I'm finally getting back into it. I do all grain and am literally starting over from zero equipment, zero materials, zero ingredients. Schaweet!
I'm posting this b/c I would love feedback on anything I'm missing in my preps/builds/etc as I work back up to brewing. I know that this is going to take several other mini-projects to get the full monty of brewing hardware up and going.
Goal is to perform all-grain brew of a vanilla wit recipe. I'll be using a dual keggle setup w/ direct fire, infusion mashing and full wort boil. After pitching a starter the wort will ferment in a plastic fermenter (Better Bottle or Beer Cube, not sure which yet) inside of a temp controlled fridge. Then condition in corny's. So here's the projects list...
1) Locate, cut, shine two keggles. Mount thermometer/site glass and spigots on both and get/build lids.
2) Locate small second-hand fridge and build controller from digital aquarium controller.
3) Get kegging gear (CO2 tank, regulator, etc) and setup in time for wit to come out of secondary.
4) Locate and setup beer fridge or use fermentation fridge if applicable, also in time for beer to be ready.
At this point I'm not worrying about a brewing stand, that's a summer project. Most/all of the base hardware listed above will come from good old Craigslist (how did we ever manage back in the day??) and won't be hard to source.
The wit is the BeerSmith Wit and I'm adding one whole vanilla bean (sliced and scraped) to the secondary for additional flavoring. Expected to pull this brew session off at the end of Feb and have the Wit ready to drink by April.
I think its a pretty solid battle plan. Any holes in it?