|Brewing w/ EM
The EASYMASH System represents a major step forward in de-mystifying the transition from extract to all grain brewing. In spite of its simplicity, the EASYMASHER has earned numerous ribbons in homebrew competitions and glowing testimonials from everyone who has used it, including some of the most distinguished names in the homebrew community.
In its simplest form, it can be proceeded to directly at less cost than the "basic equipment" needed for the first extract batch. The EASYMASH system lends itself to starting simple and expanding as the knowledge of the art increases.
The heart of the system is the EASYMASHER. This is a stainless steel strainer assembly, spigot and fittings that are installed in a large kettle provided by the user. Installation requires only a 3/8" drill and a crescent wrench.
This single piece of equipment can be used to mash, lauter, boil and ferment your first all grain batch. It also makes the ideal brew kettle for extract brewing with grains and hops.
The Standard EASYMASHERS are designed for no-weld installation on kettles of various sizes. A choice of three different screen sizes is available, depending on the flow rate desired.
It is also available in a version for use on insulated coolers such as the Gott and another version for use in converted Sabco kegs.
The "standard" EASYMASHERS include all the parts shown on the left. A 3/8" hole is drilled in the kettle, the threaded end of the spigot with the washer is pushed into the hole from the outside and the female connector is screwed on and tightened from the inside. The strainer assembly is attached to the female connector by the compression fitting and can be removed at any time for cleaning.
$24 + S&H
$32 + S&H
$40 + S&H
The Gott EASYMASHER is designed for use on insulated coolers to convert them into infusion mash tuns. The spigot is removed from the cooler, the #4 rubber stopper with the strainer assembly is pressed into the hole and a length of 3/8" plastic tubing is attached to the end of the copper tubing from the outside. Flow control is achieved by raising or lowering the end of the hose and/or with the use of a hose pinch clamp.
$20 + S&H
The Sabco version replaces all the expensive false bottom related hardware sold by the folks who convert kegs for brewing.
The 1/2" NPT male connector screws directly into the 1/2" female nipples welded into these conversions and the screen assembly screws onto the connector via the usual compression fitting. The user supplies the spigot for the out flow.
$29 + S&H
Crushed grain is mixed with warm water and heated to 155F and held for 30 minutes. Other temperature profiles including mashout and decoction are easily emplemented.
Water is heated to near boiling in a coffee pot or other kettle on a separate burner and poured into the EASYMASHER as ready. The runoff is collected in a 6 gallon plastic pail or gallon jugs.
When six gallons of wort are collected, the mash is dumped on the compost pile and the EASYMASHER is cleaned out and returned to the stove. The collected wort is poured in and boiled for 90 minutes with hops.
After the boil, the wort is allowed to cool or is chilled and collected in sterile jugs, a pail or your favorite fermenter. The EASYMASHER can be used as the primary fermenter with a few precautions. Clean it thoroughly and boil a quart of water in it with the lid on for ten minutes to sterilize. After pouring out the water, pour in the wort and pitch the yeast. Keep the lid on. When primary fermentation is over, transfer to a carboy and bottle when ready.
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James Spence in ZYMURGY Magazine.....
"First runnings were incredibly clear. In fact not a single particle of grain was visible. I was truly amazed at this efficiency. The straining system is so efficient it is unnecessary to be overly concerned about a properly set grain bed, channeling of the grain or set mashes."
The following is what Dr George Fix, author and brewing consultant had to say about the EASYMASHER....
Mon, 20 Dec 93
We tried the EM with a 10 liter test batch, and things worked out just fine. We got 29 pts*gal/lb, which is on par with what my mashing procedure yields. The runoff quickly cleared, and only minimal recirculation was needed.
The major differences between EM and my $300 DME "false bottom" pilot system, is that the lautering time is somewhat longer with the EM. Your mesh spacing is very close to our slot spacing. I think you got that one right, and this was seen in the clarity of the runoff.
Fortunately I work for DME and did not have to pay for the "false bottom". Otherwise I would have gotten an EM!
Mal Card on the Home Brew Digest ...
I used Jack's EZ masher and was pretty impressed. Just as Jack said, the wort was unbelievably clear, almost immediately. The new system really took the drudgery out of sparging. It used to take me ~ 40 minutes of adding runnings to achieve such clarity.
John Cotterill on HBD.....
I usually use a slotted copper tube manifold and cooler as a mash tun. My extraction is generally around 24 pts/lb/gal with an efficiency of about 70%.
I decided what the heck, I'll make an EASYMASHER and see what happens. Well, my extraction was 31.2 pts/lb/gal with an efficiency of of over 91%!! I could run the sparge as fast (or slow) as I desired. I did, however, have to recirculate about 1 gal to get a clear beer, but that is much better than the copper manifold (about 3 gal).
I gotta say, the system really works. I am impressed by the results. My only complaint is that I did not expect such a high extraction. Instead of a 1.054 pale ale, I got a 1.070 strong India pale ale!
Sean Dyer on HBD....
I've brewed 2 batches with my version of EASYMASH and it's worked perfectly. I've been able to reduce my brewing time to 3.75 hours for a single infusion mash. I just made a wheat beer with ~65% wheat malt and had absolutely no problem with slow sparging, so it seems that your claims are pretty much on the mark.
John McHarry on HBD....
I purchased one of Jack Schmidling's Easymash kits a few weeks ago. So far, I have used it twice. It appears to perform quite as advertised.
I have had no trouble with a sticky sparge. Yields have been 28 and 30.
I am quite happy with this setup. Jack has posted how to build it from scratch, but the parts may be a bit hard to find in some areas, and he has done a little work on the air cock that would requiresome tools not all of us have. I would advocate buying the kit.
Larry Langrehr on HBD.....
I have used the EM for three batches so far. It's worked quite well. I am amazed at how effort-free the EM works. Using the same vessel for both mashing and sparging and still being able to do multi-temperature for both sure saves time and mess. I have experienced yield rates of from 26-29 points a gallon, nothing wrong with that. The last mash (Papazian's Silver Dollar Porter) started as a "stiff" mash. I noticed when I was all done that there was some burnt stuff between the copper tube and the bottom of the tun. I need to watch how vigorously I apply heat. All in all I'm very pleased with both products. I've used a friend's MALTMILL twice and decided I couldn't do without one. The brass aircock on the EM was a great choice, I let the valve wide open and let it drain down the size of my 9 gal boil pot. Slow enough to generate the 29 point/gal yield. Keep up the great designs and keep me on any future mailing list for new products or mods.
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