A Quick Overview of All-Grain Home Brewing.
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Homebrewed beer is an amazing way to learn more about craft beer. Making your own beer is a great way for craft beer aficionados to explore flavor profiles of beers you might not otherwise be able to find in a store and to make a craft beer the way you want it.
Can you brew beer? Yes.
Is it difficult? No. If you can make oatmeal, you can make beer!™; Beer brewing is a tradition that is thousands of years old. It is not rocket science.
Does it take a lot of room to make?
No. Basic beginner brewing only requires standard kitchen space for brewing and a small place in your pantry, closet, or garage for the fermentor.
Is it expensive?
No. Homebrewed beer is neck-and-neck in quality with craft beer and far less expensive than commercially produced beer.
Is it better to start with extract only?
No. Extract kits have nearly no brewing involved and are inferior in flavor quality to partial-mash kits (using both grain and some extract) or all-grain kits. Partial-mash kits are just as easy for beginners and require minimal equipment. Our Beginner Equipment Kit options have everything you will need on brew day.
All-grain kits are a great way for learning advanced brewing techniques and only require a modest amount of equipment above the basic beginner equipment kits. If you feel adventurous and are a true DIY person,check out our Primo All-Grain equipment Kits ™ For those with flexibly large budgets, ask us about our selection of brewing sculptures, they are a great way to starting making homebrew in larger volumes than 5 gal.
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Examples of All-Grain brewing Mash Tuns
Mash tuns explained:Above are shown three examples of Stainless steel mash tuns for all grain brewing (we prefer not to use the cooler method for simplicity sake as well as an BPA that may be in plastic coolers used for mashing. [click on the image for a detailed view]
Essentially, a mash tun is a kettle that allows the separation of fluid (wort) from the grains that have been mashed. Rather than a mesh sparge bag, the false bottoms in the kettle allow the wort to be drained out and the spent grain to be left behind to be dumped. Although, any method (whether a sparge bag or bazooka) works, ideally a dispersed perforated surface (ie. the false bottom) is best for adequate rinsing of the grains of all their precious saccharified wort that is to be fermented. This will allow for the best effeciency in obtaining all the necessary sugars for fermentation.