|Ours won't be so fancy - at first.|
It is very easy to attain one of these kegs. The hard part is doing so legally. See, most people just go to their local beer distributor, pay for a keg of beer plus the $30 deposit, and then keep said keg when the beer is gone. How easy is that? The problem is, kegs cost more than a $30 deposit. And by keeping and cutting a keg which you don't own... well, at the very least, that is gray area. So, we have been working hard at finding kegs we can attain legally. So far, we have one fully ready to go.
|Igloo Mash Tun|
For a mash tun, we have a second keg which is in the process of being converted (top cut off, ball valve/thermometer installed, false bottom put in). The question is will it be finished? If it is, we're in the clear for a 10 gallon batch. If not, on to plan B.
In plan B we would use a converted Igloo cooler for a mash tun, similar to the picture but without all the extras. We picked up the cooler and false bottom for cheap from a local brewer and homebrew club member. If we don't need it, no big financial loss. (Anyone looking for an Igloo Cooler Mash Tun?)
Our hot liquor tank will just be one of our old kettles, probably mine since it has a valve installed. No keg dedicated for that yet. Waiting and searching.
Our brew for the day will be an Amber ale. We chose this because 1) it is simple to brew, not requiring a lot of mash steps and 2) because wins the award for the recipe which we have screwed up most royally in our brewing era. We are hoping for a better result this time around.
|Our official award for screwing up our Amber Ale.|
That being said, I will post the recipe and pictures in a future post. Here's hoping for a nice, smooth brew day. Wish me luck.