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I BIAB 295 34.87%
I use a 3 vessel system 340 40.19%
I don't brew all-grain, I'm an extract brewer 100 11.82%
What's BIAB? 22 2.60%
I use a system that doesn't fit into the other categories 89 10.52%
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #191
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i built a 3 vessel single tier system from a partial boil extract system after about 2 brews. EBIAB is intriguing to me but i think the weight keeps me from trying it. but i love seeing the process evolve.

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:42 PM   #192
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If/when I move to a 10+ gallon brew, then I'd definitely have to move to a three vessel system. I agree with you there!
or get a bayou classic 20.5 gallon kettle. Works great every time
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:02 AM   #193
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I use a mash tun made from a 52 quart cooler that has a stainless grill fitted to the bottom. The grill rides about 1/4 of an inch from the bottom and fits against all four walls. The one end has been shaped so it rests on top of the inner spigot. The spigot has been replaced with a CPVC valve. Before mashing I fit a Voile curtain into the cooler so it fits against the walls and flat to the grill on the bottom.

Once the cooler is preheated I drain the water, dump in my water then dough in the grains. Never had the voile come off the walls or away from the bottom even with vigorous mixing. After a good batch sparge I tilt the cooler to get out the small amount of bottom runnings.

The curtain panel lifts out (still have enough muscle left for 12-13 pond grain bills.LOL) and is usually pretty well drained.

I quess this is a hybrid method, but it gives me great numbers on the hydrometer and am always in the 80% range.

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I just ordered my cooler today, and this is exactly what I plan on doing; mash in cooler with voile curtain. Two reasons for me are: 1) being able to maintain temp--which was a problem in my last brew day since it was low 30's outside, and 2) not having to mess around with lifting the grain by myself. I suppose a third reason for this is not having to mill the grain at home with my cheap mill--it does work, but it takes time and muscle...again, this is saving me some me time by not having to continue to reheat pot, and having to mill grains for 45 minutes.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:58 AM   #194
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So are you going to put a ball valve on the cooler to drain it? I still use a cooler for my mashtun on bigger brews and just wrap the stainless steel braid with voile cloth from a curtain. This gives me very clear runnings from the start and I have never had a stuck sparge.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:32 AM   #195
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So are you going to put a ball valve on the cooler to drain it? I still use a cooler for my mashtun on bigger brews and just wrap the stainless steel braid with voile cloth from a curtain. This gives me very clear runnings from the start and I have never had a stuck sparge.

Yes, already have the SS ball valve as I was going to add it to my 10.5G pot, but since there is really no need to add it to the pot at this very moment, I might just add it to the cooler to drain back into the pot.

I was going back and forth regarding the SS braid. If I just use the viola curtain, I don't see a huge need to do so. But, I just might add one and experiment with and w/out it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:26 AM   #196
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I initially tried things with the curtain and found it was much harder to stir the mash evenly with the curtain. Just my experiences with it.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #197
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I initially tried things with the curtain and found it was much harder to stir the mash evenly with the curtain. Just my experiences with it.
Hmmm...well, you've just given me a reason to go ahead and make the braid. If I'm going this far, why not?

By the way, if it weren't BIAB, I would not have gotten this far. I've only done one BIAB, and before that, AG just seemed too complicated with all the equipment and water/grain ratios. But once you do just one BIAB, you can see how easy it is to make the transition to AG. Now, I'm taking one more small step and will begin batch sparging in a mash tun. There's still a lot more to learn I know, but I now have the confidence to know that I CAN do it w/batch sparging method. Did not think I would get to AG just a month ago.

Kudos to BIAB.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:24 PM   #198
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #199
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I don't because I don't feel like lifting all that grain my last batch was 20 gallons and around 50lbs of grain before adding water. Plus because of the fine weather in upstate new york at the moment I mash inside and then have to boil outside. I moved the water out to the BK 5 gallons at a time, their is no way I could move it all at once. The total brew day took about 5 hrs.

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When I went AG, I built the 10 gallon round cooler mush tun and enjoyed the process, but from there I went to BIAB for my 5 gallon batches. I can also make 10 gallons. I can lift the grain out with my pulley system, as I brew in my garage.

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