Your First All-Grain Batch
One of the comments you will most often hear from first time all-grainers is, "I didn't realize it would be so easy!". Making beer from scratch is really very easy-- it just takes some preparation. So far you have seen the various steps and delved into the details in a few areas, but the best way to learn is by doing. Hopefully you have done several extract batches and a couple extract-and-specialty grain batches by now. You should know to have your ingredients and brewing water ready, with everything clean and sanitized. Unless you have purchased a grain mill, have the grain crushed for you at the brew shop. Crushed grain will stay fresh for about two weeks if kept cool and dry.
Figure 90 - Common Mashing Setup- This picture depicts what is probably the most common home mashing setup. The Mash/Lauter Tun sits on the counter near the stove and two large pots are used to prepare the sparge water and receive the wort.