3 Vessel Brewing System
The photo on the left illustrates the three vessel setup used by Lee's Brewery during the lautering phase of the brewing process. The steel container, called the hot water tank, on the top right of the photo contains hot water at between 175 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The stainless steel kettle in the middle of the picture is filled with grain. The idea here is to run hot water from the hot water tank through the grain in the kettle and into the bottom plastic bucket. This process washes the sugars needed later for fermentation from the grain. For maximum extraction of the sugars from the grain, the water must be sprinkled on the top of the grain bed slowly and evenly. This is accomplished by using a "lautering arm". This is the yellowish device resting on top of the steel kettle. (It can be seen separately in the Brewery Photo Gallery.) Once the bottom plastic bucket has collected the desired amount of sweet wort (6 gallons for a 5 gallon batch, or 12 gallons for a 10 gallon batch of beer) the process is complete. The bottom bucket of wort is then transferred to a brew kettle for boiling. Note: The sugars contained in the grain have previously been converted from starches by heating the grain through a temperature step process known as "mashing".
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Revised: Friday, July 10, 1998 20:49:46
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