I recently had a friend ask me for an equipment list to get started with a BIAB setup. I thought I’d share my list with everyone. Please let me know if I missed anything or what you’d change. Also, wouldn’t it be great to have a section dedicated to BIAB on homebrewtalk.com…
1. Brew Kettle – This is less expensive than a keggle (15.5 gallon keg converted into a kettle), easier to clean and smaller. It’s smaller but still holds the same volume of liquid – 15.5 gal. Also, the boil basket works perfectly for keeping the bag off the bottom of the pot so it doesn’t burn. We use the boil basket to pull the bag out of the pot and drain into the kettle. I haven't done it yet, but I think one could do a 10gal BIAB batch with this kettle. $155 shipped from Amazon
5. Fermenting bucket/lid/airlock – I prefer plastic as they’re easy to clean and there’s no risk of it breaking. I actually use a bottling bucket to ferment in and gravity feed right into my keg.
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Great question! I use the spigot to go straight from the brew kettle to a 6gal no-chill cube ($17). Eventually, I'd like to ferment in the same cube, but I need to rig a blow-off tube in the cap, then you can use a #11.5 bung and airlock for the rest of fermentation (in the same cube).