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10 Gallon All-Grain Brew System

6/6/2015 - SOLD to a fellow brewer since I no longer needed the capacity.  Kept the mash tun and extra burner for when I do partigyle batches though.  Hopefully he will brew a lot more beer though this system.

 

 

Extra shelf added for storage

Recirculation

Pump & Chiller

Boil Kettle

Bazooka-T in Boil Kettle

Pickup Tube in HLT

Ball Valve w/ Disconnect

Quick-Disconnect

HLT

Hop Strainer Bag

Burner

Mash-Tun Braid

Cooler Mash Tun Ball-Valve

Filling the Mash Tun

Draining into the Kettle

Almost had a boilover!

Boiling with hop strainer

Adding Hops

 

Parts List

 

       

 

Keggles & Burners

2 x Stainless Steel Kegs w/ holes cut in top

Friend's Garage

2 x Weldless spiggots for Keggles

 HomeBrewStuff 1/2" Stainless Steel Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle

Weldless Sight Guage with Thermometer

 16" Weldless Sight Gauge, 1/8" MPT Thread, High Temp Food Grade Silicone Washers and Tubing, Homebrewing; Shipping from Seattle via USPS

Bazooka T*

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2 x 1/2" Threaded copper connector

Hardware Store

1/2" Copper tubing (varies)

Hardware Store

2 1/2 Inch Male Quick Disconnects (MPT)

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2 x SQ-14 Burners

 16 In Square Patio Stove Heavy Duty Steel

*switched this out for a pickup tube against the side of the kettle

 

Stand, Pump, and Chiller

Chugger Pump

 Chugger SS Inline Pump

Copper Counterflow Wort Chiller

 Eagle WC90 Wort Chiller, Counterflow

4 1/2 Inch Male Quick Disconnects (MPT)

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6 1/2 Inch Female Quick Disconnects (barb)

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1/2" Silicone Tubing

 PRECUT 1/2" ID Silicone Tubing - 10 ft

2 x 1/2" Brass Ball Valves

Hardware Store

1 x 1/2" Brass T

Hardware Store

1 x 1/2" Brass 90 degree elbow

Hardware Store

2"x6" Boards for Stand

Hardware Store

1"x4" Pine for shelves

Hardware Store

4 x Castors for cart

Hardware Store

Screws, Nails, ect.

Hardware Store

 

Cooler Mash Tun

Coleman Extreme 70 qt Cooler

 Coleman 70 Quart Xtreme Cooler

Weldless Cooler Kit w/ 1/2" Ball Valve

 HomeBrewStuff 1/2" Stainless Steel Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle

Bazooka Tube*

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*Switched this out for a stainless toilet-supply braid after getting my Monster Mill. I was crushing much finer and the Bazooka Tube was getting clogged and causing drainage issues.

 

 

10 Gallon Brewing Process

 

  1. I start with hot water from the sink, add Ĺ a campden tablet to the mash water to remove chlorine and chloramines, and then turn on my burner.

  2. While the mash water is heating up, I weigh and crush my grains.
  3. Once my grain is crushed, I pump the mash water from the hot liquor tank (HLT) up to my cooler mash tun.
  4. When all the water is pumped from the HLT, I get a small step stool/ladder out and get up on that to pour the grain into the water while stirring the mash.
  5. Let the mash sit for 30-60 minutes
  6. When the mash has about 20 minutes left, Iíll measure out my sparge water, add the other Ĺ of the campden tablet, and then start heating that in the HLT.
  7. Once my sparge water is around 185 degrees, I add enough of it to the mash to give me roughly half my pre-boil volume
    1. I usually donít pump it at this point.  I just use a pitcher to add a gallon or so to the mash and stir it in.
  8. After stirring my mash, I open the valve on my mash tun about ¬Ĺ way and pull off a couple quarts until there are no chunks of grain coming through.
  9. I then start draining into my boil kettle and pour the couple quarts of runoff back into the mash tun
  10. Once there is about a gallon or so of wort in the boil kettle, Iíll turn on the burner to start heating it up
  11. Once all the wort is drained from the first runnings, I pump the remainder of the sparge water into the mash tun and stir
  12. I then follow the same process as Step 8
  13. While Iím waiting for the wort to come to a boil, I dump my mash tun and clean it out
  14. When the wort comes to a boil, I put the hop strainer bag contraption into the kettle and add my hops
    1. I use this because I donít want my pellet hops to clog the Bazooka T in the bottom of my boil kettle.  Iíve never had a problem pumping from my kettle using this method.  I canít even imagine how pissed off I would be if I had 11 gallons of boiled wort that I couldnít pump through my chiller.
  1. When thereís about 15 minutes left in the boil, I start pumping the boiling wort from the boil kettle through the counterflow chiller (without the water running) to sanitize it and then back into the boil kettle.  I also add Irish moss at this point.  I find it necessary to turn up the burner to maintain a boil after you start recirculating through the chiller.
  2. Once Iím finished with my 60 minute boil, I turn on the water to the chiller and keep recirculating into the kettle for a few minutes while I sanitize my fermenters.
  3. When the fermenters are sanitized, I move the hose thatís recirculating back into the boil kettle to the fermenters and start filling.
  4. I control the out flow on the pump to allow for enough contact time with the counterflow chiller to get me to the right temperature.  I find I need to slow this down more in the summer when the ground water is a bit warmer.
  5. After Iíve filled both fermenters and pitched my yeast, I clean the boil kettle, and then run hot water through the pump and chiller to clean them up a bit.

 


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