Liquor Tank/Boiling Vessels
The hot water required to initially mash the grain and then
rinse the malt of sugars after the mash has been completed is
heated up in my brewpots. I usually brew six gallons (23L) of
beer at a time and split the batch into 2 three gallon batches.
I boil this in
two 20L cheapo stainless steel pots right on my kitchen stovetop,
which I obtained for $16 each.
Well, this is a pretty ugly variation of a copper
immersion wort chiller. I bought a 25' long boxed roll of
soft copper tubing and bent both ends so that the ends would sit
outside of my brewpot. This is to ensure that no water could drop
into the pot if there is a leak. To either end, I attached portion
of an old siphon hose I had laying around. One end attaches to
my pressure bottle washer which goes on my kitchen sink tap &
the other end is directed to a plastic garbage can to keep the
hot waste water for future use in watering the garden. In the
wintertime, it goes into the drain, because I just don't need
more ice or snow. This cost me about $20.
After chilling the wort, it must be transferred into a fermenter.
The quality of the beer can improve if the hops and break material
are removed from the beer. One way to do this is to siphon the
beer off of the waste material. This is a length of soft copper
tubing to which
I drilled several small holes in the bottom. Since I use hop pellets,
I found that it would clog. To solve that problem, I added a length
of stainless steel braided hose & clamped it onto the copper.
To transfer the wort to the fermenter, I simply use a length of
3/8" ID vinyl hose with a hose clamp. Total cost is approximately