- Oct 15, 2016
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All right, I'll try to keep this post from turning into a novel but I've tried a lot of different approaches to brewing and I'm looking for advice in regards to making my brew day more problem free. Like others, my progression in this hobby has left me with a closet full of equipment that allows me to brew in almost any configuration (batch sparge, fly sparge, ebiab, 1 vessel, 2 vessel, etc) while I enjoy having the ability to change things up I'd also like to focus on picking 1 method that I use primarily and get it dialled in. Currently I'm set up to do single vessel recirculating EBIAB in a 15G spike kettle; it works pretty good but there's a few things I don't like about it so I'd like to re-integrate my mash tun. I could either use a 10G round cooler which I have or a 10G stainless kettle with RIMS tube which I also have; I'm leaning towards the cooler for simplicity and the ability to walk away without concern of maintaining flow. I would be interested to hear opinions on which vessel others would choose for the mash tun but for now I focus on planning around the cooler. I'd like to know what folks are using for a false bottom that reliably lauters without getting stuck. Back when I used my cooler MT I would have problems all the time with a slow or stuck lauter using the false bottom that came with it. I think this happens because a little grain gets sucked under the edges because it floats up or doesn't sit flat; I noticed too that the elbow on the top of the false bottom is a pretty small diameter. I'd like to be able to mash without the mesh bag if possible and I do want to be able to fly sparge so I think that means I need to stay with the false bottom versus say a bazooka tube. So, what would you do? Go with the cooler? Recirculate in a kettle? I've gone back and forth so many times that I really just need to decide and make it work!