All Grain Brewing Made SIMPLE

Friday, April 12, 2013

So, you have mastered extract brewing and you still (obviously) love beer, so it's time to take the next step and upgrade to brewing with all grains. If you need some extra convincing, read this or if you need a mash tun, read this - otherwise, get ready for the simplest and least intimidating all grain tutorial out there!



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If you already have a setup for extract brewing all you really need is the mash tun (bucket for soaking grains in), although a bigger pot (8 to 10 gallons) is helpful you can always boil down wort before you add your hops!

Although you can skip all the background knowledge I can't promise your beer will turn out well. Even though I have the steps laid out nice and simple for you below, please make sure to read a little bit about mash temperature at the very least and make sure you have a good recipe. With a tiny bit of background these easy steps will ensure you'll produce good all grain beer even on your first try - it's not as hard as you might think!

Sanitize Everything but the pot you will boil in.

Bring mash water to a temperature about 12 F above the desired mash temperature,
example: 162 F water will cool to about 150 F when it mixes with the grains.

Pour mash water over grains and mix well, cover and let sit for 60 minutes.

Bring sparge water to 180 F, this it will raise the grain bed to about 168 - 170 F for ideal sparging.

Drain the first runnings from the tun into a bucket.

Pour the sparge water over the grains, let sit for 10 minutes and drain into the bucket, combining the first and second runnings; bring to a boil.

Once the wort is at a rolling boil, start the hop schedule.

Cool the wort as fast as you can with whatever means you have.

Siphon it to a bucket, pitch the yeast and wait two weeks.

Not so bad, right? If you want more details about all grain brewing sciences, look around the site or read a fucking book! Here are some good ones; The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (my favorite) or the Big Book of Brewing. If you don't have any equipment yet checkout our Beer Brewer's Starter Kit post and pickup your stuff from MoreBeer.com for a great deal & free shipping.

Once you've managed your first all grain brew day you can stop being terrified of all grain brewing, start to learn more about the science behind it and even get on to creating some awesome recipes of your own!

Cheers-

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