I'm thinking of all grain brewing... only because heck its do it all or don't at all. I would rather play with my flavors vs buying someone else’s... I’m sure I will have lots of wasted beer because of screw ups. but what’s a hobby with out messing up.... :roll:
Think any of you can help me out?? Even some photos of your setups?
Thanks in advance! Cheers
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A turkey fryer setup is cheap, and comes with a 30 L pot. Even if you are stove top brewing, for now, the cost of the combo works out well.
Add a 24 L bucket for fermentation. If you are going to bottle, you will need another bucket with a spigot on it. Get some siphon tubing that will fit the spigot you have (home depot). Just make sure it is food grade.
You will need some sort of mash tun, whether it be a straining bag for your 24 L bucket, or some form of manifold (google bazooka screen), or a keg with a false bottom. Here is a DIY I did for the cost of fittings and a couple mesh colanders: http://www.canadianhomebrewers.com/view ... ?f=12&t=41
You can make great mash tuns from 10 gal igloo coolers with copper manifolds. It costs a bit more up front, but, like all brewing equipment, will pay for itself fairly quickly, when considering the cost of a case of commercial beer...
You will need, at the least, a bottle capper, and some caps. You can pour the Coors Light down the drain, and use the bottles to package your homebrew in.
As B&S Custom said, cleaning and sanitization are key: http://www.canadianhomebrewers.com/view ... p?f=7&t=38 You can be WAY off in your recipe design, but you will still have a drinkable beer, as long as you clean well, and are VERY Sanitized.
Ingredient Shopping List:
Buy a couple sacks of 2-row, and 3 pounds each of about 10 different specialty grains, even if you don't know what they are for.
Buy a lb of Cascade. It is a cheap hop, and works for both bittering and aroma. You will learn this hop's aroma and flavours are very well, then you will be able to notice what the difference is when you switch up to a different variety.
As for yeast, stick to Fermentis US-05 dry yeast for now. It is easier to use than liquid, and tastes very clean.
Jamil has amazing recipes that have all won awards: http://beerdujour.com/JamilsBrewingNetworkRecipes.htm Substitute where appropriate via google searches.
Well. That should get you started, on the cheap, and will give you the capability to make a variety of different styles. I am sure others can chime in about any important stuff I may have missed.
About the only thing you forgot, and it applies to all types of brewing , is temperature control of your wort.ihomebrewing wrote:Well. That should get you started, on the cheap, and will give you the capability to make a variety of different styles. I am sure others can chime in about any important stuff I may have missed.
Sanitation and temperature control is probably the two most important things I have done to bring my brew from
Homebrew to Beer since I stopped using K&K kits
How do you BBQ an elephant? First you get your elephant....
Some sort of siphon.
A fermentation pail.
Gloves when handling sanitized objects.
Sanitizer. I use potassium metabisulphite. It's in powder form, it can be dissolved in water, and a little goes a long way. Plus, it's cheap and doesn't ruin your clothes or other surfaces.
Airlocks for the carboy.
A brewing pot.
Ingredients vary depending on the brew, but that is a basic equipment setup.
I use starsan in a spray bottle and spray on my hands when sanitizing, always sanitize gear as I am about to use it. I also soak some paper towel in starsan and have it ready and use that to wipe things like racking canes and lines as they are inserted into brew, never had an issue yet.SeanGodd wrote:Something i don't have is gloves. Is that a good investment to help brewin the wort?