Hot 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.

Immersion Chiller

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.

Gooseneck Siphoner

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 $12.