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I am deciding to switch to all grain. I have made batches of extract before but i want to make the switch. Will i need any additional equipment for this?

You will need a place to soak your grain.

http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/ http://brewing.lustreking.com/gear/mashtun.html

You can even start out with a 5 gallon paint strainer bag. Google “brew in a bag”.

You need a pot big enough to boil ~7 gallons of liquid. 8 gallon pot will work. 10 gallons is better.

A heat source. Look for a turkey fryer with the largest pot you can find. Double score, pot and heat. Aluminum is fine.

A wort chiller.

Idk what equipment you have but if your looking to do all grain with little upgrade then look into BIAB like Nighthawk suggested and both of his links are spot on for do it yourself basic start up equipment setups.

Someone has to supply some info on building a MLT using a beverage cooler. I’ll do it. :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Goi0KHx9Ss

Hi highly recommend no smaller than a 10 gallon kettle for full wort boils. Will not prevent boilovers, but will make the task easier.

[quote=“kcbeersnob”]Hi highly recommend no smaller than a 10 gallon kettle for full wort boils. Will not prevent boilovers, but will make the task easier.[/quote]Seems like a lot of homebrewers have difficulty controlling their boils, but I do 23 gallons in a 24-gallon kettle or nine in a 10-gal and never have a problem. Maybe it’s because I don’t drink until after the yeast is pitched? :wink:

When buying a kettle, it’s not much more to get one with a little extra capacity. I’ve taken my 10 gal. kettle up to ~9 gal before, and have never had a boilover. Another reason to get a 10 gal kettle: so you can accomodate a 9 gal. starting volume. :wink:

Limiting drinking during the process helps. I usually don’t pull a faucet until after the first hop addition has gone in.

I tend to brew early morning, so my beverage of choice is coffee :smiley:
Knock-on-wood, I’ve only had a boilover on my very 1st batch. God that was a mess to clean up.
Yesterday boiled 6.5 gallons in my new 7G brewpot/propane burner setup. No boilover, but I’ve been at it long enough to anticipate the hotbreak just as it’s forming. Turn off the burner, stir, spray with water, and turn the burner back on low. Slow rolling boil is what you’re looking for.

[quote=“kcbeersnob”]Someone has to supply some info on building a MLT using a beverage cooler. I’ll do it. :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Goi0KHx9Ss

Hi highly recommend no smaller than a 10 gallon kettle for full wort boils. Will not prevent boilovers, but will make the task easier.[/quote]

The only problem with a 10 gallon round beverage cooler is that it is more expensive than a larger size rectangular cooler.

Money aside, they are great for brewing.

I use an 8 gallon AL pot that came with my turkey fryer. I don’t have an issue with boil overs if I pay attention.

I also brew on a friends Sabco system. I have boiled over with only 4 gallons in a 15 gallon pot while sparging. Boil overs will happen in any pot if you are not paying attention. :wink:

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