I’ll be using the Brew in a Bag (BIAB) method that started in Australia and is starting to get popular in the USA. It’s very simple and inexpensive compared to the traditional method of All-grain brewing. Basically you bring your pot up to the temp. your recipe requires 148-160 degree range and put in your grains and let the grains steep for about 90 minutes. After you just make your beer just like normal bringing it to a boil and adding your hops.
If you have looked into doing an all-grain brew you know there is some extra equipment needed to make your wort. The only equipment I had to buy was two $3.10 mesh bag from the beer lady. I have two five gallon stock pots rather than a 7-8 gallon pots so I need to split my ingredients between the pots to come up with the six total gallons I need for the fermenter.
I think the greatest thing was the price! I bought 55 pounds the two pale malted barley a couple of weeks ago. That’s about $6.50 per 8.5 pounds and the flavoring grains, yeast and hops added another $8.00. So for $14.00 and about 2-3 hours work will give me about 2 cases of beer. I’ ll take the spent grain to some folks that have chickens for feed if they want it and even found some recipes for the spent grain, from doggie treats to bread . Looks like freezing is the safest method for storage of the spent grains.
I can see how some cultures relied so heavily on beer. You get 2-3 uses of the same batch of grain. What great multi-tasker, you get beer, bread and feed for your animals. Not to bad a return on $14.00 worth of grain!