Archive for October, 2007

How to Build a Mash Tun for $50

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Ok, I’ve been slacking on the posts lately. I’ve also been slacking on the brewing. There was a risk of burnout there for a bit, brewing every weekend, so I took two weeks off. Back at it now. Gonna fire up a Porter and have another go at my Amber recipe. In the interim, I give you my guide building a mash tun! Today – Parts inventory! YAY!

  • $25………Get a 48qt. Rubbermaid Victory cooler (this one has a drain plug which you’ll pull and add the spigot. You can pick these up at Long’s or Walgreen’s)
  • $8 – $15…Pick up a brass or stainless spigot and either a 1.5″ or 2″ threaded nipple (I think I used a 1.5″ but just unscrew the drain plug and measure).
  • $2………..1/2″ hose barb
  • $2………..High temp O-rings (x2). I like using 3/8″ ID rings for this and then stretching them around the nipple for a tighter fit. (That sounds dirty, but it’s not)
  • $5………..1/2″ ID washers (brass or stainless) Get a bag of 5 or 10. Just to use as shims between the hose barb/O-ring (inside) and spigot/O-ring (outside)
  • $10………1.5′ or 2′, 1/2″ Stainless steel braided hose (you have to hack off the ends, pull the hose out, then crimp and hammer one end down. Stick the other end on the hose barb and fasten with a hose clamp)

There ya go. Around $50 (give or take your mad Home Depot savings skillz) you have the parts for a mash tun that will last for years!

Worts of Wisdom brew club meeting this Tuesday

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Meeting details:
Tuesday, Oct. 9th
7:00 – 9:30
MoreBeer, Los Altos
Topics may include, but not limited to, NCHF review, Stern Grove Comp plans,
BJCP class feedback, “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” Event?, set future meeting
locations, etc.
Beer of the Month:
10B. American Amber Ale
Check out Jamil’s 3/11/07 podcast on the style for a great discussion.
Bring any commercial or homebrew examples to share.