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Old 05-19-2013, 02:56 PM   #1611
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Or just start from scratch

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Old 05-19-2013, 02:56 PM   #1612
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It's a lot easier than you think

I have 2 kids under the age of 4. Easy tasks are now hard tasks. Thankfully, they are eating their breakfast now. :-)
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:58 PM   #1613
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Or just start from scratch
This is probably what I'll do. My extract brews were nothing special to begin with. I can part with them and have no qualms. Dancing Hoppipotimus v2.0 is proof that a complete reformulation is totally worth it!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/danc...v2-0-a-411709/
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #1614
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Brewed up my biggest grain bill so far doing BIAB over the weekend. Made what I consider to be between an IPA and a IIPA. Had a gain bill of almost 16 lbs. with a target OG of around 1.075. Came in at nearly 1.80. Not bad for using a 7.5 gal kettle!
Took my first hydrometer reading since brew day today and it clocked in at 1.010! That's an ABV of almost 9! Sample tasted great too! Big beers can be had using smaller kettles!

Dry hopping today and hopefully bottling sometime next week!
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #1615
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mtnagel,

Right off the top- yes, all into one fermenter.

This of course would be for a recipe you can repeat successfully, and you need more of it. My example being a "lawnmower" beer. I basically want it to be ready all at once, and I need enough. The advantage, IMHO, would be adding the second day's batch to what should be a very healthy yeast colony you have carefully cultivated during the previous 24 hours with the first wort. It is sort of like adding wort to a starter, but this starter has been conditioned to do it's thing best with the exact conditions you wish to ferment at- wort gravity, adjuncts, it will all be there. I'm not ready to brew, but maybe someone can try a mini stovetop experiment and see if this idea works.
The yeast you breed from day one will be accustomed to it's job by the time
you add the wort on day two. It will all ferment out eventually and the hydrometer will let you know when it's done. For me it all goes to kegs on CO2, and hopefully blending two worts will minimize mistakes.

Here's to complicating the simple.


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Old 05-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #1616
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Interesting approach. Sounds good. Cheers!

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Old 05-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #1617
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mtnagel,

Right off the top- yes, all into one fermenter.

This of course would be for a recipe you can repeat successfully, and you need more of it. My example being a "lawnmower" beer. I basically want it to be ready all at once, and I need enough.
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How long does it take you to drink 10 gallons? All this does is make it so you can wait twice as long before you have to make it again.
If it takes too long you might get out of practice

Thats what is so good about Beer DIY you can do it however you want. Awesome process
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #1618
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So how many people are using recirculating pumps when doing BIAB? I just pulled the trigger on a spike brewing 15 gallon pot and thinking about a small pump to recirculate to make sure there are no dead spots in the wort. I had him make my pot with the thermometer 1.5" off the bottom instead of 4". This way I can put something down there keep the bag off the bottom of the pot.

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Old 05-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #1619
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What are these "dead spots" you refer to? IMHO people recirculate with BIAB because they like to build a "system". A $4 spoon will mix the mash well!

If you recirculate with a pump, you will most likely need to add heat AND temperature control.

I would suggest a few batches the simple way with just insulating the kettle with coats or blankets during the mash, it works well and is very easy!

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Old 05-21-2013, 12:53 PM   #1620
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wilser,

I was just thinking below the cake cooling rack or whatever I put in the bottom to lift up the bag would not be in contact with the grains and that the pump would help move the wort around to even it out and extract the sugars. I have done about 10 the regular way and was just thinking this may be interesting to play with. I just bought this new pot and will not be sparging anymore for 5 gallon batches and doing little for 10 gallon batches hopefully. Just trying to make sure everything comes incontact with the grains and help hold temps better through out the mash and mash out.

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