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Old 03-24-2011, 03:40 PM   #51
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I'm getting ready for my first all-grain BIAB and wonder if anyone is JUST using a mesh (voile) bag and not the added strength of a metal basket. Am I asking for trouble in trusting a cloth bag to hold all that wet grain? Also, what's the average batch size folks brew when using this method and a keggle?
Last week we brewed an 8 gallon batch of a robust IPA in a 17 gallon pot with 22lbs of grain - the bag I sewed together from voile held up fine. The voile is strong, your stitching will be the weak point.


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Old 03-26-2011, 02:40 AM   #52
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hey Seven, do you cover the kettle during the 10 minute mash out step?



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Old 03-26-2011, 03:41 AM   #53
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hey Seven, do you cover the kettle during the 10 minute mash out step?
I don't cover the kettle when doing the mash out. I just bring the temp. of the mash to 170, cut the heat, then let it sit for 10-mins while I prepare to lift the grains out.
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Seven,
What is the biggest beer you have done with your system? I know you mentioned you could squeeze in some 20lbs of grain and 8+ gallons of water. What is the highest OG you have attempted with your 10g kettle?

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:23 AM   #55
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I just did my first biab last weekend and it went pretty smooth, but still looking to find my "voice" for biab

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Thanks Seven! Another dumb question, but Do I have to take the gravity reading before boiling again to figure out the efficiency? or Can i take it after it's put in the fermenter before adding the yeast?

also is your name a reference to seinfeld? =0

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What is the biggest beer you have done with your system? I know you mentioned you could squeeze in some 20lbs of grain and 8+ gallons of water. What is the highest OG you have attempted with your 10g kettle?
I successfully brewed a Hopslam clone (recipe here) that required 21.5 pounds of grain and 8.5 gallons of water in the kettle. The mash was about 1-inch from the top of the kettle when mashing. This would be the maximum for this particular equipment setup.

Note: I added an extra pound of base malt over what the recipe called for to make up for lower efficiency that is typical with no-sparge BIAB. Total grain used was 21.5 pounds.

This is probably the best beer I've made to date. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who likes Bell's Hopslam.
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Do I have to take the gravity reading before boiling again to figure out the efficiency? or Can i take it after it's put in the fermenter before adding the yeast?
That's what I do. I'm assuming that it needs to be done this way since various calculators ask for the pre-boil OG when calculating brew house efficiency. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if there's more than one way to do it. It's a good question.
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Alton Brown has a pulley setup that may work for those of us who can't or don't want to permanently attach pulleys to ceilings. In season 10, he did an episode called "Fry Turkey Fry" and built a rig off of his aluminum (I think) ladder that would accept a pulley system along with a cleat to lock the grain bag in place above the brew kettle. It seems to work well and is adjustable in position so you can make sure you don't get any swing or motion when lifting it out of the brew pot. I'd trust the set up to hold at least 40 lbs when using a sst bucket like Seven did, if your mounting is secure enough, with some decent sized bolts.

I'm going to try this method out when I do my first BIAB, but I need a fermy chamber built before this so it'll probably be a few months.

Great advice though!
A link to that episode would be helpful instead of searching.
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