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Old 03-18-2013, 03:32 AM   #111
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It's actually a brew heater that fits on the side of a kettle. I bought it from my local brew store. The rest of the stainless piping I got from Amazon. The PID is a sous vide unit I got from ebay. My Hefe came in at 85% efficiency @ 1.055 OG.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:27 AM   #112
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Nice setup Skidsmint, thanks for sharing.

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Old 03-20-2013, 11:36 PM   #113
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Here's a YouTube video of my completed MIAB system. I still have some finishing cosmetic touches to do but the system works great. http://youtu.be/s7Uu6lq_gLs

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:52 PM   #114
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Pure genius, wobdee! Especially the use of a BBQ grate to drain the grains from the basket! I am very pleased with my 4 x 10 hops filter from Chad so I am definitely going to have him make me a BIAB basket.

One question I don't think was answered in this thread is what are the actual dimensions of the basket you had made? Is this going to be a standard item from Chad, or is each one pretty much a custom job?

Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience!

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #115
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What is a rough cost on the screen basket?

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #116
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Pure genius, wobdee! Especially the use of a BBQ grate to drain the grains from the basket! I am very pleased with my 4 x 10 hops filter from Chad so I am definitely going to have him make me a BIAB basket.

One question I don't think was answered in this thread is what are the actual dimensions of the basket you had made? Is this going to be a standard item from Chad, or is each one pretty much a custom job?

Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience!
My basket is 13" wide by 10" tall. I had him make it so it would fit my 8 gl Mega Pot I purchased from Morebeer. It could of been an inch wider diameter to fit snuggly right up against the sides of my kettle but I wanted a little space for my kettles dip tube which I ended replacing with a short brass 90 degree elbow. I probably could of made it an inch taller as well but it's not really needed since I brew 2.5 gl batches. The most grains I've brewed with so far is 8lbs but I could easily double that if needed.

I don't know if he came up with standard sizes since there are so many different sized kettles out there. Last he told me was the cost would be around $100 depending on the size and other options like a squeeze plate or any other mods you can think of.

Give Chad a call, he's a good guy and is willing to work with you. It would be interesting to know how many of these he has made and sold since my prototype.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:41 PM   #117
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I did a 6 gl boil test when I first got it and it took an hour to get it up to boil. I also need to keep the lid on to keep a good rolling boil.
Won't that trap DMS in the wort? Everything I've read says that it's crucial to conduct the boil uncovered.
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What is a rough cost on the screen basket?
Mine is going to be 11" diameter by 15" tall with a swinging handle and squeeze plate for $125 + shipping. This sounds pricey at first, but I actually expect this thing to pay for itself over time. I don't like to reuse the paint strainer filter for mashing (it's too much of a pain to try to get all of the grain out of them, I feel) and I don't trust them to not get burned or otherwise do something funny during the boil. Finally, using the BIAB filter basket during mashing *and* boiling should reduce the amount of wort volume lost to trub without requiring any tedious whirlpooling, etc. All in all, I see a significant reduction in the less fun parts of brewing as a result of this BIAB basket filter from Chad. Now, let's see if the reality is as good as my imagination
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Won't that trap DMS in the wort? Everything I've read says that it's crucial to conduct the boil uncovered.
It's not totally covered, I leave a 2-3 inch gap open on one side.
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