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Old 01-20-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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So I have been doing BIAB for a little over a year now and am really starting to hate the cost of propane, not to mention the thought of brewing outside here in Chicago when the high tomorrow is supposed to be 10 F. I've looked at a lot of the eBIAB systems people have created in this section and loved a lot of the ideas. The ultimate system for me would be the Braumeister but I am having a hard time spending that kind of money. Also, I am scared with the idea of anything going wrong with the Braumeister and needing to wait on parts, etc. coming from overseas.

So while Googling more ideas I ran across the system that goes for roughly half the cost of the Braumeister 20L and seems like pretty much the same system I would've made for myself. Can anyone point out anything they see wrong with this system? Also, is the cost reasonable for all the parts included?
http://www.highgravitybrew.com/productcart/pc/BIAB-Electric-Brewing-System-276p3987.htm

Thanks, I can't wait to have the option to brew indoors for when the weather in less than ideal!!

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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it looks fine, kind of pricey. i biab five gallons in this.

http://www.amazon.com/Cajun-Injector-Electric-Turkey-Fryer/dp/B002JQ3KQ4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1358855566&sr=8-4&keywords=electric+turkey+fryer

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:18 PM   #3
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After building a similar system myself, I don't think their price is out of line; I'm at almost $800 in parts for mine. As far as the Electric Turkey Fryer goes, I've been using this exact one for a year now, and it does work for 5-gal BIAB batches with some adaptations (need to do a "rinse sparge" - no room for all water upfront, and need to add a heatstick to get ~6.5 gallons of wort to boil reasonably well).
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High gravity looks like a good turnkey system. I modeled my eBIAB panel off of their design. If you add up the parts, tools, and your time, you wont be saving much with DIY.

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Seems a little high but then again it's pre-built. Might be worth it not to have to build your whole system. Personally I enjoyed every minute of building mine.

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Have you looked at these? You would still need to a source lot of parts. But its a good start for a DIY system. Or search for people doing BIAB with induction cook tops. I think I read about people using an ~$200 cook top, but you would need an induction ready stock pot. You might be able to get a set up like this going for under $500.

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Thanks for all of the input guys. I think I may just go ahead and get the High Gravity system but I need to wait until we find a new house so I know what type of plug to get. Once we are done moving then I will go ahead and get it.

Does anybody know if you can connect a plate chiller and then turn on the pump and recirculate until you get the temp down to 65-70F? I guess I have a few questions for them but I can ask directly. Thanks again.

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The min temp output of a plate chiller or other chiller is determined by the input water temp. The size of IC or plate chiller effects the time and/or water required to reach yeast pitching temps.

I use a single pass through the plate chiller into the fermentor adjusting wort flow rate to hit the desired temp into the fermenter.

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you should be able to get it to cool in one pass, just let the cooling water flow as fast as it can go and restrict the flow of the wort going through to get to your desired temp. you are in Chicago so I would not worry about recirculating, thats for us folks in the southern areas to worry about.

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Ahh okay, got it. That's something I'll have to mess with once I get the system in place. Thanks again guys.

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