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New All Grain Equipment for Home Brewing

14 July 2010 2 Comments

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Just an update on my move to making beer using the All Grain method.  In my last post, Jake's First BIAB (Brew in a Bag), I talked a little bit about my move from extract kits, to the BIAB method or "Brew in a Bag".  Actually BIAB is an All Grain brewing method, but I still want to go all out and move to a burner, keggle, mash tun etc etc.  Is that equipment necessary or required to do All Grain?  Nope, but I really have an interest in this hobby and I want to know every possible approach there is to making AWESOME home brew!

The Great Debate

If you read any of the home brew forums, or keep up with home brew videos on YouTube, then you will soon find out that there are many debates, and even heated arguments on Extract Brewing vs All Grain Brewing.  I'm not gonna get into any kind of, this is better or that is better, because for one, I could really care less how other people want to brew their beer, and secondly, I don't feel as though I have enough experience to voice much opinion about it at this point.

For me, with the 7 or 8 batches of extract that I've done, I'm NOT satisfied!!!  I know I've followed directions to the tee, and yes I've made some "decent" and "drinkable" beers so far.  BUT, I'm tired of "decent" and "drinkable".  As I said in my last blog post, I want to make beers that are as good, if not better, than any craft beer you would buy at the store, or get on draft in a restaurant!  Some say that's possible with extract, and for all I know it may be?  I just really believe that from what I've read, and learned so far, that All Grain Brewing will give ME the best results!  Time will tell huh?

The New Home Brew Equipment

Ok, enough jabber!  I'm working my way to having everything I need to do 5 and 10 gallon All Grain batches!  So far, a 52 quart Mash Tun (Coleman Xtreme), a 1/2 barrel (15.5 gallon) keg which will be converted to a keggle.  The mash tun was super easy to make!  The keg was something I decided on after seeing how much 10+ gallon stainless steel stock pots cost!  Again, these items aren't required or even necessary to do 5 and 10 gallon All Grain batches?  But it's the route I'm taking!!

Since this video was made, I've gotten some other items that I'll share later.

So enjoy the video and as always, be sure to leave any questions or comments below!

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