Last week I ordered some equipment to make a brewing upgrade. For the last 7 months I have been doing extract partial boils via stove top. Due to arrive today is a 10 gallon norther brewer TallBoy SS kettle. Bayou burner SQ14. And immersion chiller.
My plan is to start doing full boils extract and maybe doing PM if I can with my current set up.
I was thinking I could do the easy stovetop PM using my old 4 gallon and then take that water and bring it outside and pour into my 10 gal kettle.
My main goal is to make it to AG one peice at a time. I was thinking I must be getting close now.
My equipment in total is:
10Gal SS kettle (no spigot)
4 gallon kettle
To officially move to AG, would I need a second propane burner and kettle along with a MLT made from a cooler?
My LHBS crushes my grain so I don't need a barley crusher just yet. Whats my best course of action here considering my equpiment?[/QUOTE]
Do you have a cooler out in your garage? If not buy one for cheap on craigslist and convert it to a mash tun w/ball valve and screen. I just started brewing recently and converted one of my coolers. Got all the parts at home depot. I took my cooler in to the store and wheeled it back to the brass fitting/plumbing section. Put together my own bulkhead and ball valve and added in a big, bulky braided stainless steal hot water heater supply line for my screen. it works really well for me and was very affordable.
Outside of that you should be set. You don't need a second burner. I use gravity (dont have a pump yet) to brew. I have my kettle set up high on an old tool box with my mash tun a level lower on an old cedar chest (yeah, I like to repurpose things
). Once I mash in with my initial strike water I then heat my sparge water and move it to another (empty) cooler to maintain temps. I move my kettle to the floor below my cooler mash tun and finish sparging and drain to my kettle. To this point I have required help elevating my kettle (full of wort) so that i can gravity feed through my chiller and into my fermentation vessel (SS Kegs). That last part kind of sucks. I'm coming up with alternatives as we speak.