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Old 05-23-2012, 12:41 AM   #721
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Sooooo.....What do the experts at BIAB think is a better way to go? Plate chiller with pump or cfc with a pump for chilling the wort?
No-chill FTW.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #722
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Worth a try. I think if you lift the bag a bit, the grains will get compacted on the bottom of the bag and the sparge water won't run through them and wash out the sugars. But heck if I know for sure.
Just thought by having the bag as a layer in between, it would definitely prevent stuck runoffs as you *could* lift the bag to shift. I wouldn't unless necessary, but only as an option in need.

Do you think the grain in the bag would somehow clog or prevent flow through the valve? There won't be any braid or false bottom. I don't think it would with the layer of mesh in between but just curious.

Will be trying this on Friday so will post how it goes!
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:20 PM   #723
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Latest BIAB success - an American Pale Ale:

BIAB American Pale Ale
Brewed 21 Apr 12 : Bottled 12 May 12
7lb 2-row
8oz Crystal 120
Ground fine and mashed @150 for 45 mins (pre-boil 2.6G @ SG 1.075 adjusted for 71.7% eff)
Boiled for 45 min
.75oz of Galena @ 45 min
.5oz Willamette @ 10 min
Cooled wort, strained into fermenter and topped to 4.5G
Pitched harvested Muntons @ 70F
OG = 1040 FG = 1010 ABV = 3.95% IBU = 45

A link to how I have to do my BIAB: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/1st-...ou-can-309912/

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:45 PM   #724
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Latest BIAB success - an American Pale Ale:

Ground fine and mashed @150 for 45 mins (pre-boil 2.6G @ SG 1.075 adjusted for 71.7% eff)
Boiled for 45 min
Why only 45 min mash and boil ? Volume limitations?
I saw your biab thread, just awesome, cheers!!
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:49 PM   #725
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Was seeing if I could get conversion faster and if there was any off flavor with the shorter boil. Just an experiment since I have no kitchen. It worked great. But I'm doing another this weekend and will mash for 60 and boil for 60.

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Old 05-27-2012, 12:08 AM   #726
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is using an aluminum pot ok for doing a BIAB batch??? the reason I ask is that I have a 5 gallon pot and I found a 7.5 gallon alminum turkey fryer with the burner for $40 on craigslist

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Old 05-27-2012, 12:16 AM   #727
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Some people claim aluminum is not good to brew in due to things leaching from the metal into the beer. Many people use aluminum pots, though. Personally, I see no issue with it but personal taste, I guess. If they're being sold to cook food in, why would brewing be any different? Also, how many things to we cook in aluminum foil & pans? We'd all be in trouble if things leached out of the metal when heated.

Not an expert by any means, but a deal is a deal....

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Some people claim aluminum is not good to brew in due to things leaching from the metal into the beer. Many people use aluminum pots, though. Personally, I see no issue with it but personal taste, I guess. If they're being sold to cook food in, why would brewing be any different? Also, how many things to we cook in aluminum foil & pans? We'd all be in trouble if things leached out of the metal when heated.

Not an expert by any means, but a deal is a deal....
lol, so true, + I figured I could sell the propane burner portion of it for about $25-$30 on Craigslist if my stove can boil 6.5 gallons
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hmmm, one last thought. could I do biab by splitting the grain and stuff into two bags and doing 2.5 gallon full boils in two seperate pots (one on each burner since I'm not sure how my glasstop stove would do with a 6.5 gallon boil to get a 5 gallon batch of wort on one burner). then combine the two in the fermenter ????

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hmmm, one last thought. could I do biab by splitting the grain and stuff into two bags and doing 2.5 gallon full boils in two seperate pots (one on each burner since I'm not sure how my glasstop stove would do with a 6.5 gallon boil to get a 5 gallon batch of wort on one burner). then combine the two in the fermenter ????
Yes I did 5 BIAB batches this way until I got my 13 gallon pot and large burner. It works fine. Just split everything equally.
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