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Old 03-26-2011, 06:22 PM   #71
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Great thread. I'm an extract/steeping grains brewer who has just switched to 2.5 gallon batches so I can brew more often and have more different beers on hand. I'm wanting to go to all-grain and will probably try this method to get started.

I have a 5 gallon stainless steel pot and a 3 gallon aluminum pot. I plan on mashing in the 5 gallon pot and heating the sparge water in the 3 gallon pot. Instead of taking the bag ouf of the 5 gal pot, pouring the wort out, putting the bag back in the 5 gal pot and then pouring the sparge water over it, would it be OK if I just lifted the bag out of the 5 gal pot, then put the bag into the 3 gal pot with the sparge water already in it and, after 10 minutes, lifted the bag out of there and poured that wort into the 5 gal pot? It seems like less steps but I'm not sure if there could be some reasons not to do it this way.

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Old 04-20-2011, 04:56 AM   #72
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I have a 5 gallon stainless steel pot and a 3 gallon aluminum pot. I plan on mashing in the 5 gallon pot and heating the sparge water in the 3 gallon pot. Instead of taking the bag ouf of the 5 gal pot, pouring the wort out, putting the bag back in the 5 gal pot and then pouring the sparge water over it, would it be OK if I just lifted the bag out of the 5 gal pot, then put the bag into the 3 gal pot with the sparge water already in it and, after 10 minutes, lifted the bag out of there and poured that wort into the 5 gal pot? It seems like less steps but I'm not sure if there could be some reasons not to do it this way.
This is exactly what I do, and it works great! I consistently get 75% or higher efficiency this way. The only other thing I would recommend is to get your own grain mill so that you can mill your grain finer than most brew shops do (since you don't have to worry about a stuck sparge using BIAB). I was previously around 70% efficiency using this method. After I got my mill, I am always 75% or over (usually around 78-81)
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:48 PM   #73
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I don't think anyone has asked this yet, but is there any concern with using paint strainer bags? what are those made of? are they going to leech anything harmful into the beer?

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:32 AM   #74
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I've used paint strainer bags many times before and I have never noticed anything off tasting

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Old 05-16-2012, 01:04 PM   #75
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I'm more worried about harmful chemicals that could leak into the beer.

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:35 PM   #76
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Going to brew my first all grain SMaSH this week. Fantastic Pics and tutorial Thanks for posting!!!!

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