From the HBD Archive
From: Dave Hollenbeck <dbh@hpesdbh>
Subject: Re: To mash or not to mash
Date: 1989-01-17 16:10:57 GMT

> My local brew supplies
> store claims that "it's not worth the trouble...the beer

If you're satisfied with the results you're getting from cans, he's right.
If you want ultimate control over your brew, mashing is for you. In fact,
going all out with a step mash on the stove adds about 3-4 hours to the
brewing day, and it's not difficult, just tedious.

> a) What equipment should I buy? What's mandatory,
> what's nice to have, and what's a total waste of
> money?

I've gotten by with only a nylon grain bag in addition to the standard
extract brewing equipment. Of course, you need at least one vessel
(plastic bucket) with a spigot on it. There are a few ways to support the
grain bag, one of the more obvious being drill many holes in the bottom
of another bucket and stack them.

> b) What is the relative cost of, say, pale malt
> versus canned malte extract and DME? My supplier

I haven't really shopped around, but around here you can get grain for
about a dollar a pound. It takes about 7 or 8 pounds to make a batch
when the mash is reasonably efficient.

> He doesn't stock quantities of
> unconverted malt.

Find another supplier.

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