|You can get as complicated as you want!|
If that is fun for you, go for it!
I prefer to keep it simple!
|yes, I am that nerd who enjoys|
a tripple decoction brew day!
I know (not suspect KNOW) after 25 years that it is the brewer, not the equipment! I have tasted world class beer made on ghetto brewing systems! I will state quite arrogantly, I make far better beer than I can buy. And for the most part far better beer than I have at club, or the LHBS. (if you want to try my beer, come brew with us when you're in KC.you're always welcome and KC is a blast!) I think part of the reason our beer (my beer) is so excellent is that we are in touch with our process. So I try to keep everything old school. So I avoid most of the new fangled technology up grades. But there is one improvement I do not shy away from;
I think the most significant improvement in brewing, since I started brewing 25 years ago... it the Brew Bag. (the quality of malt extract being a close second)
|Affordable brew bags!|
- Higher efficiency due to finer crush.
- yes I know some of you don't believe this, but it is true, try it for your self, this is a well established fact of home brewing now.
- faster vourlauf - sometimes no vourlauf
- you don't know till you give it a try, usually I pull about 1/2 of a quart and were done.
- NO STUCK MASHES or SPARGE
- Can you brew a 100% wheat or rye beer? I can.
- Can you brew a pre prohibition pilsner with 65% corn & rice and 35% pilsner? I can.
- Faster brew day
- Higher efficiency
|Zapap Lauter tun still works|
one bucket with holes drilled
inside of another bucket!
A brew bag is no different than any other filter you use for lautering... except... they work better. What ever drunk aussie thought of the brew bag... should get a medal and free beer for life! They make everything faster. "if they're so great why aren't commercial breweries using them". My answer; They are, or at least they are trying to replicate them. I have it on excellent authority from a brewer at a major label that they are trying to add a permanent filtering medium to their experimental brew house. Inspired by BIAB efficiency, they are working with an engineering firm trying to create filters inspired by this home brewing process. And why the hell wouldn't they? Increased efficiency = increased profits. And further who cares what they do? We are home brewers, we have certain advantages over the big boys. This is one of them. So no matter how you brew, I suggest strongly that you work a brew bag into your system. You won't regret it!
Here is my trusty ol mash tun, and keggle set up, 150,000 BTUs it can easily handle no sparge 5 gallon batches, and can easily handle traditional 10 gallon batches of beer.
|My keggle was purchased legally|
from a distributor. It features
a 150000 BTU banjo burner!
|I removed the pvc false bottom|
from my ol mash tun, and now
use a bag. The bag was sewn by a friend.
She charged me a beer, The fabric cost