From the HBD Archive
Subject: all grain
Date: 1992-04-17 15:49:53 GMT

A couple of days ago I wrote about going all-grain. I received this
message directly and thought it worth answering on the digest:

>From: (John A. Palkovic)
>Date: Thu, 16 Apr 92 07:36:32 -0600
>Message-Id: <>
>X-Mailer: Fernmail 1.1
>In HBD #864 you write:
>>It is not expensive to go all-grain. It only takes a larger boiler
>>(I use a big porcelain pot), a picnic cooler, some length of 1/2"
>>copper tubing, a smaller pot for stovetop mashing, and that's it.
>What about a scale to weigh the grain? And a grain mill? I live out in
>the boonies and mail order almost all my ingredients. I would have to
>get a grain mill. How do you get by without these two pieces of

I also live out in the boonies. In fact, the area I live in in Central
Oregon is called "Boonesborough." It's half-way between Bend
and Redmond. The water here comes from a deep well and is perfect
for lager.

I found both the balance and the grain mill (Corona) at second hand
stores. The balance cost $7 and the mill $15. It takes some looking
around. Sorry, I should have mentioned these also. Still, even if
you have to buy them new, you will win in the long run. A half-case
of regular store-bought US beer is about $7 now. A six of micro is
at least $7. Considering you get over two cases of 12 oz bottles
from 5 gallons, home brewing makes up the difference really fast.
The equipment cost is trivial compared to six-months worth of
buying commercial brew instead of all-grain brewing.

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