If you haven’t heard of home brewing you’ve definitely been missing out – brewing your own high-quality beer is accessible to anybody that has a stove top and access to the internet. With that said, addressing the perfect brew setup is not a simple thing, there are such a wide variety of methods, recipes, and approaches to brewing beer that the perfect setup will always depend upon an individual’s circumstances, interests, and intentions for their brew. With that said let’s talk about the most simple way to brew your own all-grain beer at home. How many brew pots do we need for this task? Let’s start with three.
All-Grain Brewing – Accessible Even in Your Apartment
So, exactly how many brew pots do you need for the perfect apartment stovetop all-grain brewing setup? The answer to that question is simple – three. Three brew pots are all you need to do your very own all-grain brew right on your kitchen stove top. How does this work? Let’s describe the process and learn why three pots make this a breeze.
One Brew Pot – Mash
It all starts with your mash. Fire up your stove and get a 5 gallon pot of strike water going. You’ll need to consider the temperature carefully, when you add your grain it is common for the temperature to drop 10-15 degrees so it’s a good idea to overheat the water accordingly. The exact temperature change will vary largely based upon your location and specific equipment, for instance the type of pot you are using and the power of your stovetop. When considering the exact amount of water to add it’s a good idea to stick to 1.25 quarts of water per 1 pound of grain but your recipe may differ.
Once you’ve reached your temperature you can throw your bag in, stretching the sides over the edge of the pot and then stir your grains into the strike water in small portions. Check your temperature if it’s very hot you can simply throw in some cold water, if it’s too cold simply stir and add more heat. It’s very important to take your time and keep a close watch on the temperature.
Second Brew Pot – Sparge Water
You’ll want to use larger brew pots for your sparge water. Start out with at least a 6 gallon pot to give enough working space. Start heating the water up about halfway through the mash, make sure to throw a lid on the pot to increase the speed of the heating process. Again, you’ll want to heat it above the desired temperature to ensure that when you move the bag from the mash to the sparge water it drops to where you’d like it to be. Drain the bag from the mash and then move it over to the sparge water pot.
Third Brew Pot – Spent Grains
Once you remove your grain bag from the sparge water you’ll need somewhere to put it, the best location is into another brew pot. This may not be entirely necessary but it makes life a lot easier. One good idea is to throw your grains into your compost heap – waste not, want not!