I'm going all-grain after years of partial mash, five gallon batches. I'm upgrading my methods while downgrading, if you will, my equipment. Which is to say, I'm getting some small stuff because I'm going to be brewing one gallon batches.
I already have a five gallon brew pot. I have lengths and lengths of tubing, all manner of muslin bags, and cleaning chemicals up the wazoo. I have a five gallon carboy that's been my secondary forever and an equally large primary fermenting bucket. So I have the basics but I need some smaller brew equipment.
So what did I get?
I picked up a three gallon cooler with spigot to act as my mini-mash tun. The three gallons should give me plenty of space for my planned batch sizes. [The cooler is a well known brand that's a garish bright yellow and red. I'm going to have to paint it or sticker the hell out of that thing to make it look respectable.]
I got a ball valve for a cooler. I got one that includes a barb for easy hose connection. I'll just slip a worm clamp over the hose, work the hose onto the barb and tighten it down. That ought to make transferring to the boil kettle a mess-free step. Assuming a curious child doesn't knock over the mash tun at some prior point.
I grabbed a ½ inch mash screen. I thought about making my own but in my life, time is money. And, while I think mash screens are relatively easy enough to make (and there are plenty of “How-To” videos out there with step-by-step instructions to guide me), I know myself well enough to know that, in this case, the $20 purchase of a complete mash screen is well worth it. Besides, I'm going to be dismantling the cooler spigot to install my valve and the screen into my new mash tun. So I'll get my DIY fix that way.
I also picked up a new one gallon jug for fermentation. My last one got donated to the, um, recycling bin when I forgot it was behind me and accidentally smashed it to smithereens by hitting it with something really heavy. (A word of advice, dear reader, don't hit glass bottles or jugs with something really heavy. My kids haven't walked bare foot in my kitchen in months.)
I took a gamble on a newfangled cap for the jug. Instead of a bung and air lock, this model (purchased from a well known online purveyor of home brewing supplies) has a screw cap with a central hole for the air lock. I figured it may not be better than the tried-and-true bung but it might be fun to try. And it's not expensive so I really didn't have anything to lose. But I'll be sure to let you know if it's no good.
All my gear has yet to arrive but having the equipment is half the battle. (I think Patton said that, didn't he?) Once it's here, brewing should be a breeze...right?
Equipment in hand, I'll next focus on what to brew, get my ingredients, and give all my new stuff a work out.Last modified on