All Grain Home Brew Tips, Gear and Resources

cooler conversion kitPictured: Brew Hardware’s Mash Tun Conversion Kit

Looking to start All Grain home brewing or kick your mashing game up to the next level?  We’ve got you covered!  This is all grain homebrew resource page.  This is organized by subject so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Getting Started?

Mash Tuns, Mashing and Coolers

Mash Paddles and Stirring

Brew in a Bag [BIAB]

Grain Mills and Milling Grain

Crush is a pretty big deal when it comes to efficiency.  Homebrew shops have a tendency to under mill grain.  I think the reason for that is ease of use, with the thinking that a more coarse crush equals few stuck mashes and more happy customers.  I guess it’s possible that a shop mill could over mill grain too.  The point is, when you’re using someone else’s mill, it’s up to them how you mill your grain.

Milling your own grain… 1.  Gives you control over the crush of your grain.  That’s a big factor in efficiency.  2.  A mill allows you to fine tune for your equipment and process.  You know what the crush is going to be since you set it.  3.  A mill allows you to save money by buying whole bags of grain at a discount, and 3.  The shelf life of unmilled grain is longer than pre-milled grain.  Freshly milled grain = better tasting beer.

Bulk Grain Storage Options

Electric All Grain Systems and Induction

Pumps

I use my homebrew pump for vorlaufing/recirculating, transferring from my mash tun to brew kettle, chilling with a recirculating wort chiller and transferring to my fermenter.  You could also use a brewing pump to recirculate ice water for your wort chiller.  Pumps are a necessity if you want to use a plate chiller.  You really need one to properly clean and sanitize your plate chiller.  Smaller pumps could be used as part of a brew system solely for moving wort from vessel to vessel.  In addition a lower temperature capable self priming pump is available for moving uncarbonated, but fermented beer and wine from vessel to vessel.

All Grain Recipe Formulation and Calculations

Water and pH

Miscellaneous Gear and Tips

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