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Old 05-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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I would like to go all grain but i am not looking to upgrade my current setup yet. Is there anyway steep my grains in a pot and strain off the grain in stead of purchasing a cooler and making a mash tun. or even possible using a muslin bag during the steeping of the grains. I know i just really need to but a cooler and convert it...but i am looking to save a little bit of money on the next few batch to be able to purchase the cooler conversion kit. Thanks for your help!

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:18 PM   #2
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I would like to go all grain but i am not looking to upgrade my current setup yet. Is there anyway steep my grains in a pot and strain off the grain in stead of purchasing a cooler and making a mash tun. or even possible using a muslin bag during the steeping of the grains. I know i just really need to but a cooler and convert it...but i am looking to save a little bit of money on the next few batch to be able to purchase the cooler conversion kit. Thanks for your help!
Yes! Depending on the size of your pot, you might have to do smaller batches. The cooler just makes it easier to hold the temperature. It also gives you a second vessel. You'd need two pots b/c you have to heat the sparge water, too.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:18 PM   #3
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Sure BIAB

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/biab...g-pics-233289/
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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thanks ericbw!

brewerinbr i do not have the funds to splurge on this brewing beast right now. I don't have the 250-500 to spend on this set up yet.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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Well, for about $30 you can get a 12 gallon cooler and a toilet braid. I would just wait until you can get a proper setup. I've never mashed in a pot but it sounds like too much of a PITA for me.

ETA: you'll need a valve too so maybe $40.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:03 PM   #6

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thanks ericbw!

brewerinbr i do not have the funds to splurge on this brewing beast right now. I don't have the 250-500 to spend on this set up yet.
You don't need to have any special or expensive equipment to do brew in a bag (BIAB), just a pot and a bag. Here's a link to a member here who sews the bags http://www.homebrewtalk.com/members/wilserbrewer

Here's a link to another thread about BIAB http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/biab-200584/

You'll find lots of other threads here on it, too. Its cheap, easy and a good option.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #7
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BIAB, Brew in a Bag only requires a bag for the grain and a pot big enough for the amount of final product and enough water to account for the boil off. I do 3 gallon brews in a 5 gallon pot.
You can use a 5 gallon paint strainer bag available at almost any hardware store for less than $5.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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baib sounds like what I am interested in Thanks for all the helpful links!

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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You can make a nice bag for little money if you can do simple sewing...or I know a guy that knows a guy...cheers! Kidding aside if ya need a bag or advice stitching one, happy to help! Cheers!

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Old 05-05-2013, 01:18 AM   #10
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Not sure the hesitation on the mash tun cooler. In terms of expense, I made mine for less than $100. In terms of ability, I am the least handy person you could possibly meet (trust me, I am challenged to hang pictures on nails) and I simply watched the Maine Homebrewer's video a couple times and was able to make my own mash tun. Simple and easy - I was shocked how simple. Had I known how simple, I would have done it years ago...
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