Hi, my name is Rich but my friends call me Chard,
After making Elderflower Champagne about 2 years ago and then building a cider press and making homegrown cider i got into brewing my own beer as that is the drink i drink the most!
This started by making up various homebrew kits which come with malt extract and yeast to which you just add water! Simple enough but you're limited to what the producers of the kits make and it can be kind of expensive (about £20 for 40 pints...still cheaper than the pub).
The next step is 'All Grain Brewing'. Here you take crushed malted barley, hops, water and yeast and craft yourself a beer that YOU like and for a lot less than by using kits.
This is the first in a series of 4 Instructables which will document my journey into the world of 'all grain' brewing and how you can build your very own low cost brewery from scratch! Starting with ... the Mash Tun.
Step 1: What the Hell is a Mash Tun?
But enough of that you'll learn about that in my last step in the series - making beer!
The criteria of the mash tun, or MT for short, is to keep a steady temperature for 90mins before draining off the liquid. It has to withstand temperatures around the 80oC mark, be food safe and have a good way to drain of the liquid and leaving all the grain behind.
Buying the most basic prefabricated homebrew mash tun would cost over £65.... my design will be about half that.... so what will you need?