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Old 07-14-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default 10 gal BIAB in a keggle?

Can it be done? I'm into session style beers. I ask because I have a keggle already. Yesterday my wife picked up another sanke keg. It's in pretty good shape. We were thinking about using it for kegging 10 gallon batches. Any advice?

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Old 07-14-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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Using a Sanke for kegging your own beer is doable, but it's a PITA. You might want to rethink the idea.

Personally, I would't even consider BIAB for a 10 gal. batch.

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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Rent a crane for lifting that hot, wet, sticky mess out of the keggle.

Actually, you will need to think about some kind of rig to lift the grain out of the keggle. The wet bag is going to weigh more than 30 lbs.

Personally I probably won't even be doing 5 gallon BIAB batches. Small 2.5 - 3 gallon test batches are my limit.

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Rent a crane for lifting that hot, wet, sticky mess out of the keggle.

Actually, you will need to think about some kind of rig to lift the grain out of the keggle. The wet bag is going to weigh more than 30 lbs.

Personally I probably won't even be doing 5 gallon BIAB batches. Small 2.5 - 3 gallon test batches are my limit.
I def plan on rigging up a pulley system even for 5 gallon batches. The reason I'm even thinking about the 10 gallon batches is because of the sanke score.

I'm mostly thinking about this for an occasional use. Say, have 10gallons of cream ale or something similar for gatherings at the house.
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I used two bags for my first and only 10 gallon attempt (it was actually an 11 gallon batch since I lose about a gallon to trub). I couldn't full volume mash so I made water corrections for the full volume, brought it up to temp, and poured off two gallons of the water. I mashed and then used the remaining two gallons to do a bit of a sparge. My boil started with around 13.5 gallons which will boil over with the hot break and whirlfloc additions if you aren't watching. Other than that it was good to go. Home depot sells a rope ratchet for not much money that works well for suspending the grains to drain.

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I def plan on rigging up a pulley system even for 5 gallon batches. The reason I'm even thinking about the 10 gallon batches is because of the sanke score.

I'm mostly thinking about this for an occasional use. Say, have 10gallons of cream ale or something similar for gatherings at the house.
Maybe think about if that's really easier than building a proper mash tun. Compare to www.dennybrew.com
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Maybe think about if that's really easier than building a proper mash tun. Compare to www.dennybrew.com
You mean for a 10 gallon batch? Or are you against BIAB? I'm guessing u mean for a batch that big. I hear ya. The more I look into using this keg, the more I think I might try to trade it or sell it to someone locally. Haha!
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To me, doing anything larger than a 3 gal. batch via BIAB is unworkable. You need something like a hoist to lift the bag. It's easier to just build a mash tun and do it that way.

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Fwiw my brother does 5g biab frequently and never seems to complain about it

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To me, doing anything larger than a 3 gal. batch via BIAB is unworkable. You need something like a hoist to lift the bag. It's easier to just build a mash tun and do it that way.
I have seen lots of people on this forum do 5 gallon batches. I'm pretty sold on the BIAB method for this. Is this the Denny behind dennybrew.com?
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