I’ve decided to start a series of blog posts here on the website that will showcase the setup and equipment of specific brewers from the club. I always enjoy looking at beer equipment and I hope you do too!
For the first installment, I am going to be showing my equipment and talking about it. I hope you all enjoy it!
I converted over to All Grain brewing in April of 2012 and put together most of my equipment myself. I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler as my mash tun with a stainless steel braid. This was an easy build and all the equipment came from Lowes. The ball valve on the front is 3/8″ but 1/2″ would maybe have been a better idea.
A converted keg (keggle) is used as both the HLT and BK on my system. All equipment added to the keg came from bargainfittings.com I cannot recommend them enough. They are such a fantastic company. The keg has a 1/2″ ball valve on the front which connects to a straight diptube. I also added a sight glass and thermometer. The thermometer needs calibrated often so it isn’t used for more than an idea of the temperature.
With no pumps, the entire system is gravity fed. To accomplish this, I have to prop my burner and keggle up on cement blocks. You can also see I use a steel grate to better balance the keg and a small piece of steel as a heat shield so the fittings don’t melt. My sight glass is a little warped from brewing once without it.
What’s more fun than brewing beer? Drinking it, of course! And if you’re going to drink, you should drink in style from a four tap keezer (kegerator freezer). Yep, there are two IPA’s on tap. That’s how I roll, yo!
What started out as a small corner full of equipment has slowly started to take over. I’m sure you all can relate.