Equipment

Bits and pieces I have for Brewing

Grain Mill

Hot Liquor Tank

Mash Tun

Kettle

Fridgemate

Fermentation Fridge

Grain Mill

I have a Mashmaster Millmaster Grain Mill which I recently purchased through a Bulk Buy through AHB. I'd been emailing Frank of Mashmaster regarding a Mill with Stainless Rollers, for extra bling factor, but as there was a 2-3 month wait before they were in stock I decided to pick up a standard model straight away and get the stainless roller version later on down teh track. Besides, I'm sure I'll be able to onsell the standard model quite easily when the time comes. I also picked up the handle and hopper at the same time. I have plans to motorwise the mill, but until then the handle cranking will be ample for my needs and keep me fit.

Hot Liquor Tank

Commonly referred to as the HLT, this is where the water is heated up prior to adding it into the Mash Tun and mixing with the cracked grain. In my case I don't currently have a HLT and I am using my Kettle to perform that task at this point in time. That being said, I do have plans to get a HLT, specifically a 50L Stainless pot from Beerbelly that will be setup with an electric element and a Mashmaster temperature controller. This way I can set up the HLT to give me the right temperature every time for my strike water.

Mash Tun

I have a Keep Cool 36L esky, that I picked up from BCF, converted into a Mash Tun. All it took was a bunch of stainless steel fittings from Geordi, a Mashmaster Weldless Thermometer and a little bit of work with a drill.

Kettle

Two thumbs up for Wayne at Beerbelly Brewing Equipment. I spent a bit of time working out what I wanted from a kettle, and a quick email to Wayne confired he was able to produce what I wanted. In my case I was after a kettle which could double as a HLT for a period of time, so I needed a socket for a Mashmaster Thermometer to screw into, as well as a fitting for a tap at the bottom. Wayne offers a service where he will weld fittings to a standard Robinox Pot, and I took advantage of this and opted for two 1/2" sockets to be fitted to my kettle, one at the bottom for connecting a tap, the other 5" (centre to centre) above on the same vertical line, so that I could fit the thermometer.

Fridgemate

One of the first things I bought when I got back into brewing was a Fridgemate Mark II Controller. This unit handles the temperature of the second hand fridge I bought to use as a Fermenting Fridge.

Fermentation Fridge

After a couple of weeks camping on ebay I managed to pick up a cheap fridge for fermenting my beer. It only cost me $40 and along with my mate Dodgy Dave and a borrowed trailer/car from my in-laws I got the fridge home and left it in the carport for 6 months while I collected the rest of the gear I needed.