Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > My new compact - semi BIAB setup
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default My new compact - semi BIAB setup

So I've been brewing BIAB for while now, but have been having trouble holding mash temperatures during the colder months. I've recently changed setups with the aim to accomplish 2 things: hold mash temperatures consistent and minimize my space requirements.

This is what I came up with:


-I heat my strike water in the kettle, pump it up to the cooler and mash BIAB style in my cooler - full volume, no sparge-no mashout.
-Gravity drain mash tun to kettle, while the bag is still in place
-Proceed with boil

I brewed using this method for the first time this weekend, mash efficiency was 78% - I'm very happy with that

The stand is very compact and sets up and tears down in literally 20 seconds. Each shelf is rated for 250lbs and the whole thing is powder coated. By not pumping wort I save cleanup of the pump, and by using BIAB in the cooler mash tun cleanup is a breeze.

imag0454.jpg   imag0457.jpg   imag0458.jpg   imag0455.jpg  
__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
4
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
gizmodog51
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: deland, florida
Posts: 240
Liked 12 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

nice set up with the folding shelves.

what size are your pre-boil volumes?

i'm thinking this could work for me for small 5 gallon batches...

gd51

__________________
gizmodog51 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2012, 10:59 PM   #3
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Preboil volume is ~30 liters for a 5g brew - I normally aim for 22 liters into the fermenter.

I brewed a 1.066 American Brown this weekend and still had lots of room in the cooler and kettle (it's a 15g kettle and 70 quart cooler).

If you wanted to brew a really high gravity, you could follow a traditional batch sparge method by just draining the first runnings into a bucket, transfer sparge water to cooler, dump bucket into kettle and drain second runnings. My main reason for using the bag is the ease of cleanup; no scooping hot grains from a cooler..just dump them out of the bag.

__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

This is the bag I use for mashing; custom fit to the cooler. I'm going to use bungee cords underneath the cooler from handle to handle, to hold the bag in place when mashing in.

mash.jpg  
__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2012, 12:25 AM   #5
jmwils1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: winston salem, NC
Posts: 7
Default

Could you post links to the shelves and bag? Great compact setup!

__________________
jmwils1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2012, 12:35 AM   #6
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmwils1 View Post
Could you post links to the shelves and bag? Great compact setup!
The bag was actually made by my girlfriend, she's been making them for many of the members in our local brew club.

http://brewnosers.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1679

I purchased the stand from Canadian Tire, but they are also available from other stores such as Amazon.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

http://www.amazon.com/Origami-R4-01-.../dp/B003KWKYO2
__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
ScubaSteve Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I took a couple short clips from my brew day today. The first one shows the bag in use - draining the cooler mash tun with the valve wide open. No vorlauf, no sparging, no lifting of the bag, and no scraping grains from the tun.



The second is of the 20 second tear down of my stand

__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 12:35 PM   #8
LTownLiquorPig
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia
Posts: 483
Liked 20 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 196

Default

Hey Jimmy, this is exactly what I've been looking for. I live way down the Valley (Lawrencetown) so have been focusing on kit and kilo, but a Noble Grape just opened up in Coldbrook, and I'm thinking BIAB might be the way to go. Does the cooler need to be 70 quart, or does smaller work?

__________________

Don't even break it out if you ain't gonna share.

LTownLiquorPig is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #9
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LTownLiquorPig View Post
Hey Jimmy, this is exactly what I've been looking for. I live way down the Valley (Lawrencetown) so have been focusing on kit and kilo, but a Noble Grape just opened up in Coldbrook, and I'm thinking BIAB might be the way to go. Does the cooler need to be 70 quart, or does smaller work?
The cooler doesn't need to be 70 quart, but the size does matter. You need enough room for all your grain, plus some/all of your water (adding all your water at once makes for an easier/quicker brew day). You can see how much room I had in the cooler in the video; that was with about 11lbs of grain and 34 liters of water.
__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-30-2012, 03:14 AM   #10
Jimmy_B
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 65
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I've got to say...I'm loving this new setup. Of the 3 methods I've tried (3 vessel, single vessel BIAB, and this), I'm definitely finding this to be the best trade-off for an easy brew day. I only have a few brews in on this system, but it's been a few problem free brew days..that's a big deal to me haha

__________________
Jimmy_B is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Semi-BIAB brewing today Crush and Bed&Bath bag pics befus All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 6 06-12-2012 06:29 PM
Let me see your BIAB setup! Seabee John Equipment/Sanitation 17 04-08-2012 09:24 PM
What is yer BIAB keggle setup? sivdrinks Equipment/Sanitation 9 01-18-2012 04:11 PM
For Sale - BIAB Setup (almost) in KY headbanger For Sale 6 07-28-2011 01:49 AM
Semi-permanent blow off setup.. SteveStLoo Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 08-25-2008 04:32 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS