From the HBD Archive
From: (Bob Fozard)
Subject: Simpler mashing system?
Date: 1992-04-14 20:37:19 GMT

I'm interested in simplifying my brewery. I wanna use my sparging
bucket to mash in. It's a spigoted 6 gallon plastic bucket with a
false bottom (from the bottom of a 5 gallon plastic bucket, with
stainless bolts for legs, and a bunch of 3/8" holes drilled in it). I
use a hand-made grain bag as an insert, with canvas for the sides and a
nylon mesh for the bottom. I made an insulation blanket from a hot
water heater blanket. What I would like to do is simply add grains and
hot water to this, stir, let rest, and sparge. Also, for a step mash,
why not start out with a stiff protein rest, then add boiling water to
bring it to conversion temp, rest, and sparge? Or for a decoction,
remove portions for boiling then dump them back in. It seems to me
that this can easily be used for any type of mash. Anybody else doing
things similar, perhaps you picnic cooler guys? I've thought about
building a copper-tubing-in-picnic-cooler setup, but I get good results
with this bucket, and I wouldn't have to build anything to use it as
described. Do you see any problems with this?

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