So you’re thinking to step up your brewing game. You’ve been brewing in your kitchen doing extract batches for anywhere between 1 week and 4 years, and you want to take it to the next level. All. Grain. Brewing. You can say that you’re doing it to get more control over your recipes, but let’s be honest, you’re just jealous of your all grain friends and you’re embarrassed when you have this conversation: “Damn this is pretty good, is this extract or all grain? Oh…extract…ok. Well it’s still decent I guess.”
Once you remortgage your house and get all the needed equipment, you need a way to utilize what is called the “3-Tier Brewing Process”. Essentially, you need a way to let gravity do the work if you want to avoid using pumps.
I’ve been brewing for a while now. To start I was just putting my lauter tun up on a box on the counter, my mash tun on an end table next to the counter, and the brew kettle on the floor. This is a pretty common setup, but it just feels amateur. I upgraded and built a system out of metal shelving that I bought at a BJ’s (boom), but I had to give that system up. Let’s just say that I now understand why people preach “Never go into business with a partner”. I just moved and my new apartment has a basement with plenty of room for a brew set up, so it’s time to rebuild, this time out of wood, and this time it’ll be documented.
Here is a step by step process to build a 3-tier brewing system.