Last edited by brewmeister; 11-12-2012 at 11:27 PM.
I wanna learn.. there is a place here in Austin that supplies the stuff... just need to find $300 laying around doing nuthin.
I go to a place in california called Beer,beer and more beer.com. They have a awesome catalog on different setups. I'd like to help you setup b rewing,I even have some extra equipment that I up-graded away from which is fine to learn on/with.
Don't let anyone fool you into starting with Extract brewing. The beer won't be as good as all-grain. It also costs way more. You just need a stainless half barrel and a plazma cutter to cut into the end of the barrel,ground smooth. predrill the end so no pressure builds.also partial fill with water so the slag dosn't crap up the inside.
Now you have a 15 and 3/4 gallon brew kettkle. Sit this on top of a turkey cooker burner of 35,000 to 50,000 BTU size, or go with natural gas hot water tank burner mine works great, you might even get the old hot water tank for free,
Next you go to a Fleet and farm store and buy 2 10 gallon rubbermaid watercoolers like they use in the NFL to dump on the coach at the end of a game
One is going to be your hot liquor(water)tank,the other is going to be turned into your MASH TUN(TOON) I removed the plastic nozels with stainless single handle ball valve's This is sealed with silicone o-ring gasgets ffrom the hardware store.
The rack you build (welded!) I made out of 2 inch trailer hitch steel stock.
You are going to make a GRAVITY FED system out of these 3 items. the burner and stand the half barrel sits on has to be 3 inches higher than the top of a glass carboy that sits on the ground. next the MASH tun sits 3 inches above the top lip of the half barrel kettle. next the hot liquor tank also has to be 3 inches above the lip of the Mash tun, See where this is going, its a 3 tier setup.
I use a magnet drive nylon pump good for boiling water is all thaT IS NEEDED,
tHIS MOUNTS ON THE THREE TIER rack.
Back to the half barrel kettle, drill a hole that acepts a stainless female to female
3/4 inch pipe nipple. This gets welded into the bottom most part of the half barrel before the curved bottom of the barrel paralell to the bottom. This is for another stainless ball valve that screws into the now welded pipe nipplt in the bottom.
This all needs to be tuned up before you can start really useing this setup. This setyup works great for home brewing.
The mash tun needs a FALSE bottom put in the bottom of the rubbgermaid cooler
which canects to the ball valve that replaced the plastic valve that came with the cooler. A stainless round piece of steel with 1/16 inch holes drilled into the bottom.Done with a drillpress homemade jig. this steel is .40 thick .
Oh boy this HAS gotten very winded. If you want to PM me I could happily help set you up with a nice home brewery.
Thanks for the info. Spouse and I are becoming interested in brewing, and one of local stores has an entire aisle set up with everything one would need to get started. (beer or wine)
Soon as the daughters wedding is done and the garden is closed up for the winter, we're going to give it a try.
Too damn many bikes to list
Can't ride, might as well drink.. !
my brother is the brewer at O'so
the only time I mix grains and boiling water is for oatmeal.
i dabble in draft cider production.
their dominator bock was the best of last seasons bock
www.leeners.com . I just ordered some wine corks from them and found the website to have lots of interesting products and several recipes as well. This thread takes me back to the days in Minnesota(among other locales) when several small towns had breweries and one could "visit" them to sample the product.
That is a good starting point. I find from my travels around the country that prices vary by region. I am lucky that wisconsin has a strong brewing culture with many small micro brewerys and home brew supply stores. Try this place ,they have fair prices and do lots of business on the internet.
www.pointbrewsupply.com mark and catina are great folks!
I don't drink beer, but I love the mystique.. and I am addicted to old brewery history. St. Louis once had a thriving beer community/economy.
But, what I would like to home-cook is some moonshine, vodka if possible. In Lexington, KY last year, someone handed me a bottle, and it wasn't too shabby. "Tastes like fresh cut corn," one guy commended.
If it wasn't an 8-hour drive to Wisconsin.. in November, I'd be there.
Tomorrow I'm brewing my annual Christmas Beer. It's basicaly a Pale Ale hopped way to much, I add some malted white wheat,and sweet orange peel,and coriander seed,and cinnamin stick. EEEEMMMMMMM Good!!!!
This realy started with my grampa who just made beer once a year for the holidays.
The sheeps head card games went on into the weee mornings while enjoying this tasty brew!!
I'm bottleing the english porter I brewed 2 Weeks ago,It'll be ready for my birthday!!
I brewed a batch of Maibock yesterday - my first lager. Will brew a pale ale as soon as the Maibock comes out of the primary. The maple syrup ale and oatmeal stout I made before Christmas are about gone.
The comments about going with all grain to save money bring a smile. Neither all grain nor extract are inexpensive, but that's not why we do it, is it!
'92 K75S, '08 F800ST
Cedar Falls, IA
All grain actually IS less expensive when you figure in everything. But no matter brewing yourself is a tradition worth starting. Did you see the show on discovery channel on how beer saved the world? Its really a good program.
Back to expenses just for fun....how much does labor cost when you're making beer?
And I agree that brewing is a terrific hobby.
'92 K75S, '08 F800ST
Cedar Falls, IA
About as much as you spend on bmw oil changings or any other hobby-free with a great reward.Equipment can be expensive if you don't fabricate some of it your self.