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ThatGeekGuy 02-22-2013 11:17 PM

BIAB With Blichmann TOP?
 
It's anyone using a Tower of Power for recirculation BIAB?

crooow 05-01-2013 07:35 PM

I'm resurrecting this old thread because I was wondering the very same question. I haven't been able to find any threads in which anyone has tried this. It seems like it should work in principal....

ThatGeekGuy 05-02-2013 12:19 PM

I haven't scraped up the cash to buy the ToP control unit, but I am building the plumbing and recirculation system that it uses on the tower stand. That will give me the RIMS portion of the system, and I'll manually control the burner for now.

ThatGeekGuy 12-03-2013 01:25 AM

Hate to bump my own thread, but looks like I'm going to pick up the ToP for my BIAB setup. I had priced doing a nice electric RIMS tube setup, but it was only about $75 less and I'd still have to put everything together. And I'd still need the burner for the boil, so it seemed a little counterproductive.

poislb 12-03-2013 01:44 AM

you buying the whole stand or just the module? ya could save a few bucks and just get the module and make your own system..after the pump just put a ball valve, nipple, and a tee. the pid probe just goes into the tee..

Seven 12-03-2013 01:54 AM

Have you seen this thread?

Not sure if this helps with your equipment purchase decision but it seems there will be more to come soon from Blichmann...

Iansir 12-03-2013 01:54 AM

I am doing BIAB with TOP control module only...only one batch since I added the module but it worked fantastically. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

ThatGeekGuy 12-03-2013 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seven (Post 5712766)
Have you seen this thread?

Not sure if this helps with your equipment purchase decision but it seems there will be more to come soon from Blichmann...

Yeah, I'd forgotten about that. I expect it will be pretty pricey, and probably require 240v. I guess I'll sit tight for now and wait for pricing on the RIMS Rocket and new controller.

Iansir 12-03-2013 02:01 PM

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Here is mine during the inaugural batch - it was a doppelbock with the full gamut of step mashes.

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FlyDoctor 12-04-2013 04:12 PM

I am also considering a jump to Blichmann. I currently have a keggle and brew BIAB style with a gas burner. Mash temp stability is my biggest problem - and the TOP seemed like a good fit.

The Boil Coil and RIMS rocket also seem cool, but I'm not sure whether having a mixed gas/electric system is a good long term solution when the TOP itself may be the simplest and equally flexible approach.

Iansir - how have you found that set up? Do you get good temp control? Ease of set-up/breakdown? In an ideal world - would the actual tower be the way to go?

Thanks


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