If we get another stimulus package I am thinking of making the switch to a stainless steel fermenter. I use glass carboys and a Catalsyt now, but I think I don’t want plastic anymore. What are some stainless steel that you all like? I was looking at the SS brew bucket but looking for other options to compare it to as well. What are your favorites?
Looking for some advice on buying grain in bulk now that I have a grain mill. I was going to buy a 55lb sack of base malt, but it looks like that is excluded from free shipping at most online places. I don’t have a LHBS nearby. Any recommendations?
What’s your favorite style of fermenter for 5 gallon batches and why? I use glass carboys because they are cheap, don’t have a high contamination risk, and I can see through them. I like to be able to see the fermentation!
Like Jim said, you are basically volaufing the entire time the wort is in the mash tun, so recirculating saves time. If you’re using a cooler it probably doesn’t help you keep a stable temperature better, but it may distribute the heat more evenly. But no vorlaufing is the big thing for sure.
Be careful cleaning the aluminum kettle – PBS is caustic, it will dissolve aluminum oxide, the protective layer that keeps aluminum from corroding. No PBW (or oxyclean) or lye on aluminum (they’re just fine on stainless, though). Using PBW on aluminum will cause a bunch of little pin holes and ruin your kettle.
Oh perfect, for that I would just use a pizza pan upside down. Lot of times you can get one the same size as your Kettle and they already have the holes stamped in them. That way you don’t go through the trouble of drilling holes in stainless steel now and then have to do it again later if you want to mash the grains out of the bag.
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