I learned homebrewing on a simple infusion system. It was essentially two plastic buckets with a form-fitting insulation sleeve that would be lowered over the bucket to keep it from bleeding off heat when the grain was sitting in with the strike water. My buddy and I settled into a pattern switching off between brewing an all-grain beer on his equipement, then brewing an extract beer on mine. When I moved I lost access to the all-grain system, and I now find myself in a position of not having brewed all-grain beer in over 2 years.
I think that it is due time to add a couple of hours to my brew days again. I’m going to go with a classic 10 gallon Gott or Igloo cooler infusion system. I’m going to build my own instead of paying the margin to someone else for the pre-assembled product. This will involve decisions about how to do the false bottom, and conversion of the spout.
While making these decisions, I’ll be shopping for two cheap 10 gallon coolers. Anyone who has a line on some, or has opinions about the valves/false bottom, please weigh in via comments or by emailing brewer at brewerman.com.