August 23, 2012
When making beer from an all-grain recipe you need, at the very least, a gravity fed three-tiered system to convert the starch in the grain to a sugary pot of wort. The top container is called a sparge bucket, the middle a mash tun and the bottom is your boiling pot.
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It all began in 1965 when Fred Maytag III, heir to the bullet-proof washing machine fortune, purchased the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. Since World War II the company had been producing a beer that was barely a step above swill.