Will the real Single Vessel System please stand up? After searching the internet high and low, I have yet to find one example of a homebrewer using one vessel to brew beer. So I had to invent one. By one vessel I mean one, not two, three, or four. I’m not just talking about Brew in a Bag. Sure, every BIAB guy out there claims to have a single vessel system, but what they really mean is that they mash and boil in one vessel. But what about the others? The fermenter, the secondary that you dry hop in, the bottling bucket, the little pot you place your bag of grains in, the bucket of sanitizer, etc.
Theoretically, this boggles my mind frankly. I cannot be the first person to think of this. Making beer involves soaking grains, boiling, cooling, adding yeast, and then bottling. It seems to me the default position should be one vessel. Instead, the default position is 4 (mash tun, boil kettle, fermenter, bottling bucket). If we mash and boil in the same vessel, why don’t we just go ahead and add yeast to it? And since we’ve come that far, and if we are bottling (instead of kegging), then why not just punch a spigot on the side of the vessel (above the trub, roughly 2 inches from the bottom) and bottle from it? It just seems incredibly simple and reasonable to me. Is this system bad for business? Well, yes, but does that explain it? I’m I insane here?
I guess I’m just a little mad that this isn’t a viable option for beginning homebrewers, as it wasn’t an option for me until I invented it. I regret spending money on plastic fermenters. Nobody is promoting or selling a single vessel system and that’s a shame because more people would brew.
I know, I know. We all think we have the best system in the world, and I fully admit that my system ties up my only brewing vessel for up to two weeks (do you brew more than once a month?…are you an alcoholic bro? just kidding). It’s all about what fits for you. I’m just honestly curious why I apparently invented this system (I probably didn’t, but I’ve searched the internet high and low).