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Old 03-03-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default 1st BIAB - If I can, you can

My first go at BIAB - I live in a basement apartment without a kitchen so I have to be creative with my brewing - usually extracts w/ grain and hop additions. But I decided what the heck, this can't be that difficult.

1st pic - my "brew area"
2nd - My grain bill for a simple English Mild (5lb 2-row, 8oz crystal 120, 4 oz chocolate, 1.25 oz cascade w/ .75oz @45 and .5oz @10, and Notty yeast; shooting for an OG of about 1.038 and 25 IBUs)
Then some gear to get 'er done, homemade fermenter, and my 16qt brewpot and induction burner

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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My voile fabric and clips, grinding the grist in the laundry room to minimize the mess, brewpot w/ plate in bottom to protect bag from scorching

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About 10 qts of strike water @ 160, doughed in and stirred, kept it at about 150F for 60 mins (pretty easy since it is electromagnetic - not hot - so left it at 140F and covered it up, stirred a few times and drained grains

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After the mash a cold water rinse and squeezing the hell out of the bag, I had 2.8G at a SG of 1.055 or about 73.7% efficiency (not bad for a first go, next time I'll grind just a little finer), then boiled away - 2 hop additions, then hydrated yeast while I cooled 'er down

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Strained into the fermenter and topped up to 4G (OG was right where I wanted it - 1.038), pitched yeast, and into the coolest corner of the basement for the next 3 weeks.

I'll update when I get it in the bottles.

Super easy and only 4 hrs from grinding grain until cleanup complete.

What are you waiting for? Give AG a shot!

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OMG! Fantastic Thread! Someone make this a Sticky for a Simple BIAB example!

The plate was a perfect idea ~ Kudos!

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How do you plan on making bigger beers or mashing 10# or so of grain? My space isnt too limited but i have minimal equipment but i only make< 2 gallons at a time but i can do two 2 gallon batch boils in sync on my elec stove which i do sometimes. I can do all grain biab for 2 gallons pretty easily getting up to 4+# of grain sometimes.

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I only have a 16qt brewpot, but that would be enough for a couple more pounds of grain, but nothing very big. I think I could get about 1.050 on a 4G batch once I get the efficiency up. But the only limit is the size of my brewpot - and it works just fine for what I want to do.

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I like the idea of a plate as the false bottom. Nice pictures too.

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Nice! Congrats on your first BIAB. Out of curiosity do you have any idea how many gallons of water you can boil on that hot plate?

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