Here is a list of equipment that I currently use for my All Grain Brew in a Bag (BIAB) 2.5 gallon process. Some items I already happened to have while I purchased the rest gradually over the course of a month as I prepared for my first batch. The overall goal was to spend a minimum amount of capital.
Things I already had around the house
- Coleman propane camp stove and propane tanks
- Cake Pan 12 inch
- Cube shaped igloo cooler 60 qt (used to cool the wort down in the stockpot after the boil, any cooler will do as long as the stockpot will fit in it with enough room around the sides for some ice water. If you have a big wash sink, that would work too.)
- Small and medium binder clips (you can find at any office supply store)
- Metal Scissors
Things I had previously from brewing Mr. Beer. Any of these items can be purchased from http://www.mrbeer.com. Or you can source equivalent alternatives.
- Two fermenter kegs ($10 each)
- Hop scale, key chain style ($3.50)
- Adjustable measuring spoon ($5.75) – any measuring spoon set will do
- Steel funnel ($5.95)
Things I had to buy specifically for the new BIAB process
- Autosiphon -5/16″ (northernbrewer.com $10)
- Tubing for autosiphon -ID 5/16 inch (northernbrewer.com 6 feet for $2.34)
- Hydrometer and sample tube (mrbeer.com $9)
- Stockpot 5 gallon stainless steel (amazon.com $20)
- Colander stainless steel -large enough to sit on top of stockpot (walmart $8)
- Deep fryer thermometer stainless steel 12 inch (amazon.com $8, you can also get at walmart)
- Mixing spoon stainless steel 12 inches at least (big lots $3, nothing special about it. As long as its sanitizable and long enough for stirring stockpot)
So that does it for the non-consumable equipment. Here is the total tally.
Cost of new BIAB equipment: $60.34
Cost including the previously acquired Mr. Beer equipment: $95.54
I’ve included some stock pics of the equipment listed. In my next post, I’ll detail my first BIAB batch which was a Nut Brown Ale, including consumable details as well as cost.