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Old 03-18-2011, 08:12 PM   #11
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STEP 7: Boil

Now you continue on with the boiling process just as you would for an extract or all-grain batch.

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I use the pulley again to hang a small mesh bag to hold any hops or spices. Placing these ingredients inside a mesh bag helps keep it out of your fermentor at the end of the boil.

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STEP 8: Cool

I use an immersion chiller to quickly lower the temperature of the wort to yeast pitching temperature.

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Old 03-18-2011, 08:13 PM   #13
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STEP 9: Measure results

Take a post-boil hydrometer reading to determine your original gravity (OG) for this batch.

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My OG for this batch = 1.055
Recipe OG = 1.056
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STEP 10: Transfer, Aerate, Pitch, Ferment

Transfer wort to fermentor.

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Aerate wort using the aeration method of your choice. Splashing the wort while siphoning, rocking or shaking the fermentor, or using an aquarium pump or pure O2 all work great.

Pitch yeast and ferment.

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Old 03-18-2011, 08:23 PM   #15
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Conclusion

So this is how I do BIAB and I've had excellent results with this process. I’ve brewed everything from simple pale ales to big IPAs (Hopslam, Pliny the Elder) to English milds and Irish stouts using the BIAB technique described here.

I'm not saying BIAB is better or quicker or cheaper than traditional all-grain brewing techniques. I can say that I’ve had success with this technique and I am very pleased with the overall process and the beers that are created using this method.

It takes me approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete a typical all-grain batch with this brewing method. BIAB is said to be less equipment intensive than traditional all-grain brewing but I can say from my experience that BIAB can still be fairly equipment intensive - depending on how you choose to do it. Since I haven’t brewed a traditional 3-vessel all-grain batch (yet) I can’t compare and contrast the two methods or give any personal opinion on which is best. I suspect, as with anything else, there is no "best" brewing method and it really just boils down to finding what works best for YOU.

I'd love to hear any feedback you may have about the information provided here. I'm still learning and evolving and I know I've only barely scraped the surface of the mountain of brewing information out there.

Happy brewing!

(A big thanks goes out to all of the BIAB brewers out there who took the time to document and share their ideas, experiences, and results. Credit to the Australians who pioneered this BIAB method of brewing. Forums like HomeBrewTalk and TheBrewingNetwork were instrumental in providing a resource where people like me could learn and share information. I couldn’t have done any of this without you.)
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #16
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I've been using BIAB for a couple years now and you seem to have the system down pat! I didn't rig up a pulley though so I will hold the bag over the kettle til the draining slows then hang the bag on a peg w/ a bucket underneath that I add back during the boil. Other than that we're on the same page. I use a keggle and I've been able to do moderate 10 gallon batches too, 22 lbs is about all that will fit through the keggle opening though. For me those brew days require a second set of hands!

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Old 03-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #17
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love your set up. looks like i need to buy one of those blichmann pots too.

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Love the pictures!! Great job!

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Old 03-18-2011, 11:58 PM   #19
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That's very similar to the way I do mine except that I have to use a second pot for the sparge since my pot is only 7.5 gallons. I also found with my strainer basket that if you take the handle off, put the liner in it then put the handle back on it will hold the grain bag on without clips.

That pulley looks nice but I have this vision of it swinging back and forth out of control knocking my pot over. I just set mine in the other pot and pour my sparge water through it.

Good job with the pictures.

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I can say that I’ve had success with this technique and I am very pleased with the overall process and the beers that were created using this method.
Really, this is what counts here, IMO.

Great documentation and a really cool process.

Did I mention this is really cool?
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