I've done loads of research on forums, YouTube, eBay, Amazon ETC and the more I read the less clear I am on what I need to buy.
From what I can see I need the following.
1: A mash tun to extract the sugars from the grain. I would like to get an electrically heated one and use an add on thermostat to control the temperature. Maybe a unheated container and add a heating element. I am able to do the electronics myself. What would you recommend I get and what sort of capacity. Boil in the bag or a sparging filter? Any recommendations?
2: Plastic fermentation vessel about 25 litre. There seem to be loads out there quite cheap.
3: Syphon. Any recommendations.
4: Fermentation trap. Any Recommendations.
6: Bottles and caps.
7: What about storing and conditioning in a cask and drawing off with a beer engine?
Thanks in advance.
Clibit will come along soon and give you a pertinent and useful answer. Here's mine. Have you ever brewed before ? If not, do a couple of two can kits before leaping into all-grain ... it'll get the basics sorted. buckets, fermentation traps etc ... whatever you can get hold of. syphon ... you can pick up food grade plastic tubing down at the DIY store ... generally in the aquarium or gardening section. It's sufficient. Hydrometer ... one for beer if you are making beer ... don't get a wine hydrometer. Most beer hydrometers have multiple units on them. Some wine hydrometers can be in degrees plato or Brix. If you want to bottle ... you can start off recycling old PET lemonade / coke bottles. It's enough for the first couple of brews. I bought myself about 200 75 cl brown beer bottles and a bench capper ... the bigger volume bottle reduces bottling time. The fact that they are also the same size makes a bottling session MUCH easier. I also know that they all take the same size crown corks. And I also have the excuse that once I have opened a big bottle of brew I have to finish it. Pressure barrels ... if you are serious about brewing and sure that you'll carry on, I would say forget the plastic pressure barrels and get a steel soda keg straight off the bat ... they are more expensive but you'll only buy them once. Avoid the plastic bargain pressure barrels with the small tops ... you can't get inside the things to clean them properly. You will eventually realise that they are not very good and then upgrade to something better ... As for your electronically controlled mash tun thing ... can't help you with that ... I use a picnic cooler mash-tun.
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