All-Grain Brewing 101: The Basics

All-Grain Brewing 101: The Basics

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Welcome to the world of all-grain brewing! In this video, we’ll give you a crash course of everything you need to know to get started all-grain brewing. We’ll talk about the equipment you need and how you use it to make beer. In this video we’ll be using a gravity-fed setup with Fermenter’s Favorites All-Grain Coolers. We’ll walk you through simple assembly to ensure an easy, leak-free brew day.

The all-grain brewing method we’ll show you in this video is called a single-step infusion mash. This means we’re going to hold the mash at one temperature the entire time to convert the starches into sugars. There are more advanced mashing schedules out there where you hold the mash at different temperatures for different amounts of time; we recommend you learn those after mastering the single-step infusion mash.

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Step 1: Heat your strike water. This is the water that will bring your mash to the correct temperature.

Step 2: Pour strike water into your mash tun, add the grist and stir well to prevent the grain from clumping together into dough balls, and to ensure an even temperature throughout the mash.

Step 3: Hold your mash temperature for one hour. The standard temperature for mashing is between 148° and 158°F. Do not exceed a mash temperature of 168°F!

Step 4: Inside the cooler, the hot water is activating enzymes in the grain that are converting the stored starches in the grain into fermentable brewing sugars. While this is happening, collect and heat the water for the sparge.

Step 5: Once the sparge water is at 175°F, transfer it to the Hot Liquor Tank

Step 6: After the saccharification rest (60-minute mash), mash out by raising the temperature of the mash to 170°F by adding near-boiling water (not the water from your Hot Liquor Tank) and stirring well.

Step 7: After a mash-out of 10 minutes, recirculate by slowly draining runoff from the mash tun and gently pouring it back into the top of the mash tun until it is clear.

Step 8: Sparge! Gently spray the grain in the mash tun with water from the hot liquor tank. Drain wort from the mash tun into the boil kettle at the same rate you are draining water from the hot liquor tank.

Step 9: Stop sparging once you’ve collected an adequate amount of wort. Now you can boil your wort, much like you do with extract brewing. The only difference is a full-volume boil.

As you become a more experienced all-grain brewer you’ll find techniques and tools that work better for your brew day. Whatever your method, the most important thing to remember is to never stop brewing!
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10 Comments

  1. Love everything you guys do…just started some cider and wine making, looking to get into a simple wheat beer in the future, and will likely use you for at least part of my supplies (have a decent local to keep in business as well)…Ever heard of Scratch Brewing? Its a few of out local guys, no bottles yet, but the have built a beer disney land in the hills of southern illinois….largely using local ingredients and foraged ingredients…check them out NB (no i don't work for them just a major fan)

  2. I want ask about outdoor propane burner that is probably Bayou BG14. What is gas consumption per hour at this burner ? I was searching this info but they write only 0-30psi presure but how long the just one bottle of gas?

  3. Forrest Culviner

    I miss Michael Dawson and the gang T.T

  4. Fantastic video, i love watching them Cheers

  5. LOVE you guys. You guys are the best. This helped so much.

  6. I'm brewing my first all-grain batch this Saturday (day after tomorrow). I've got all stainless steel kettles and mash tun. Also have quick disconnects and a pump! My brew kettle is 15gal but my mash tun is only 10gal. One of these days, I might upgrade so that I can do 10gal batches.

  7. A nice and easy way to get into all grain brewing without having to spend big money on extra pots and burners. Great video!

  8. I've been brewing all grain for a while now, and this actually gave me a few ideas and pointers, too. Great video!

  9. Wrecked Brewery

    Good How-To video. Cheers!

  10. i do brew in a bag i have a 8.9gal brew kettle now. eventually i will get a couple 15gal coolers and boil kettle and do it the true all grain way lol

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