Simple All-Grain Setup
I can do 6 gallon batches with this setup. However, if I had a bigger brew pot I could do 10 gallon batches as the cooler can actually hold up to 12 gallons for mashing and laudering.
What I do (actually, what I did, I've only brewed one AG batch so far): Heat strike water in pot. Pour strike water and grains into mash tun. While mashing heat sparge water up in pot. Sparge and drain back into pot. Boil in pot. Transfer to fermenter.
I bought a 8 cup pyrex measuring cup, the biggest I could find, to transfer the water from the pot to the tun for mashing and laudering as well as from the pot after the boil to the fermenter(sanitized the measuring cup of course for this step).
Here's the list and a approx. breakdown of cost:
1. Turkey fryer and pot - Had this for the past 10 years, so I don't know how much it would cost. $70?
2. 48qt Coleman cooler - $26
3. Washing machine hose(braided stainless steel housing a plastic tubing inside), ball valve, barbed connectors ect., basically everything inside the cooler - Approx. $50
Here's a YouTube video on how to assemble it. Takes 10min. (to assemble, not to watch the vid) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftY_HZAFJFc
4. Wort chiller - Approx. $75 for copper tubing(refridgeration tubing from Home Depot) and hose adaptor and plastic tubing.
5. 8 cup pyrex measuring cup - $9 from Walmart
6. Mash paddle from IHB - $13
7. 6' Silicone tubing from IHB(from mash tun to pot, plenty of length at 6') - $20
Total cost: $263
I don't know about you, but that sounds like a few bar tabs I've had at the end of the night. Not a bad investment if you ask me! lol
You might not even need all of this equipment, so it might be cheaper for you. All I have to say is I noticed a big difference in the wort instantly doing all grain compared to extract. Much tastier!
And if you're affraid that this system won't work well at all, on my first ever all grain brew I got 74% efficiency. It can only go up from there. I hope. lol
There's a few things I want to improve on as time goes on like soldering proper hose adaptors to the wort chiller and making a better manifold out of copper piping for the mash tun. Ultimately I'm trying to get to a three keggle system with a pump and all. But Rome wasn't built in a day, and my wife won't let my brewery be either. LOL
But for now, this is a good easy to build start. You could probably put everything together in about an hour or so.