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Old 05-23-2012, 11:46 PM   #141
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Even simpler, as mentioned, is BIAB, but I ripped a grain bag my first time doing that and never tried again.
I found 1 gallon BIAB way easier than the brooklyn brew shop instructions.

But i can see how a 5 gallon BIAB could be more intimidating.


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Old 05-24-2012, 02:30 AM   #142
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I've never done an extract brew, it looked like more work to me, so I jumped in with both feet brewing all grain. Did my first batch on Saturday and it was pretty straightforward. Its fun and addictive.

The hardest part was figuring out what to do with all of the wet grain!
Same here, except I'll be doing the first batch this weekend. To me, brewing with all grain is just the same as cooking dinner from a recipe.

As for the grain, I've heard of people making bread with it. Or you could always compost it if you have a garden.


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Old 05-30-2012, 03:00 PM   #143
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So simplicistically is this what I would need to go AG...

1. Hot Liquid Tank, which can be a 5 gallon cooler with lid ($19 at Menards). I would replace the plastic spigot with a SS weldless cooler spigot ($38 at MoreBeer). So we'll say $60.
2. Mash Tun, which can be a 10 gallon cooler with lid ($45 at Home Depot). Replace the spigot again ($38 at MoreBeer). And I would need a false bottom or braid system. So like $100 to $150 pending the FB or Braid.
3. Kettle (already have a Penrose 15 g kettle)
4. Tubing from HLT to MT and MT to Kettle $1.00/ft at like True Value
5. Propane Burner/Tank (already have)
6. Mash Paddle $30

Is that essentially it?

If I batch sparge my interpretation is I don't need a sparge arm. Is there any connection that I need to connect the false bottom OR braid to the spigot in the MT? Ideally I'd like to just buy a braid and attach to spigot (if that is how you do it).
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #144
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So simplicistically is this what I would need to go AG...

1. Hot Liquid Tank, which can be a 5 gallon cooler with lid ($19 at Menards). I would replace the plastic spigot with a SS weldless cooler spigot ($38 at MoreBeer). So we'll say $60.
2. Mash Tun, which can be a 10 gallon cooler with lid ($45 at Home Depot). Replace the spigot again ($38 at MoreBeer). And I would need a false bottom or braid system. So like $100 to $150 pending the FB or Braid.
3. Kettle (already have a Penrose 15 g kettle)
4. Tubing from HLT to MT and MT to Kettle $1.00/ft at like True Value
5. Propane Burner/Tank (already have)
6. Mash Paddle $30

Is that essentially it?

If I batch sparge my interpretation is I don't need a sparge arm. Is there any connection that I need to connect the false bottom OR braid to the spigot in the MT? Ideally I'd like to just buy a braid and attach to spigot (if that is how you do it).
If you batch sparge then I don't see why you even need the HLT. I just used my brewpot to heat the sparge water and drained the mashtun into my bottling bucket. Once the sparging was done I transferred it all back into the brew pot
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:23 PM   #145
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So simplicistically is this what I would need to go AG...

1. Hot Liquid Tank, which can be a 5 gallon cooler with lid ($19 at Menards). I would replace the plastic spigot with a SS weldless cooler spigot ($38 at MoreBeer). So we'll say $60.
2. Mash Tun, which can be a 10 gallon cooler with lid ($45 at Home Depot). Replace the spigot again ($38 at MoreBeer). And I would need a false bottom or braid system. So like $100 to $150 pending the FB or Braid.
3. Kettle (already have a Penrose 15 g kettle)
4. Tubing from HLT to MT and MT to Kettle $1.00/ft at like True Value
5. Propane Burner/Tank (already have)
6. Mash Paddle $30

Is that essentially it?

If I batch sparge my interpretation is I don't need a sparge arm. Is there any connection that I need to connect the false bottom OR braid to the spigot in the MT? Ideally I'd like to just buy a braid and attach to spigot (if that is how you do it).
all you really need is a mash tun (which can be made for $65ish). and if you do BIAB you don't even need that...just a large enough BK...your 15 gallon is plenty big.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #146
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2 extract with steeping grains and 1 partial mash. About a month before going all grain. BIAB was a mess for my partial mash. That's when I decided to get a mash tun, and found one on Craigslist for $35. It's a kettle with a no weld spout. Very easy, all you need is a thermometer to monitor your mash temp. You basically sit for an hour.
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So simplicistically is this what I would need to go AG...

1. Hot Liquid Tank, which can be a 5 gallon cooler with lid ($19 at Menards). I would replace the plastic spigot with a SS weldless cooler spigot ($38 at MoreBeer). So we'll say $60.
2. Mash Tun, which can be a 10 gallon cooler with lid ($45 at Home Depot). Replace the spigot again ($38 at MoreBeer). And I would need a false bottom or braid system. So like $100 to $150 pending the FB or Braid.
3. Kettle (already have a Penrose 15 g kettle)
4. Tubing from HLT to MT and MT to Kettle $1.00/ft at like True Value
5. Propane Burner/Tank (already have)
6. Mash Paddle $30

Is that essentially it?

If I batch sparge my interpretation is I don't need a sparge arm. Is there any connection that I need to connect the false bottom OR braid to the spigot in the MT? Ideally I'd like to just buy a braid and attach to spigot (if that is how you do it).
I agree with the other person who said that if you batch sparge you don't need the HLT. I sure don't have one.

Your spigot kits are way cheaper at bargainfittings.

My "mash paddle" is a huge stainless steel spoon i bought at a restaurant supply for $8. I am at a loss as to why i might need something that resembles a cricket bat or boat oar.
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Another thing: Don't go with tubing from True Value! That stuff is most likely not food grade. Spring for the $2/ft + shipping to get silicone tubing from bargain fittings or another online vendor - you're guaranteed to get food grade tubing that'll last for several brew sessions.

Like folks have said, you can definitely shave some money off on the mash paddle (no need to spend $30 there - I have a $5 plastic mash paddle that's worked just fine for me) and you can certainly batch sparge like knotquiteawake described and save the HLT - though I can attest to the convenience of having a direct fired HLT - you may find that eventually you'll want some form of a kettle and another burner for an HLT. Maybe go with knotquiteawake's approach as an interrim until you decide whether you want to go direct-fired HLT or whether a cooler with a valve (and probably a dip tube!) will be sufficient for you.
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If you batch sparge then I don't see why you even need the HLT. I just used my brewpot to heat the sparge water and drained the mashtun into my bottling bucket. Once the sparging was done I transferred it all back into the brew pot
I do it the opposite. Sparge water goes in the bottling bucket, wort goes in the kettle.


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