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Old 05-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default BIAB Kettle Fittings. What is your set up?

I have been doing BIAB for a while and pouring the cooled wort into my fermenting bucket. While I have been lucky and have never had a spill, I figure it is only a matter of time before I do. Plus pouring the kettle is awfully heavy.

I have been looking to get a ball valve and pickup tube, but I keep thinking this could end up snagging my bag. How do you have your kettle fittins set up and do you do anything special to avoid snags?

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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I like the BIAB setup to be as simple as possible. IMO don't use any plumbing on the pot. I use a 1/2" auto siphon to fill my better bottle after chilling the wort. No lifting or fittings needed. Use the fitting money get a bigger kettle, immersion chiller or a fancy new BIAB bag with pulley. K.I.S.S Full disclosure: I have a three vessel all grain setup to with cam locks, sight glass, pickup tubes, pumps etc. But I love BIAB because its so simple and fast. If I would have found BIAB first, I may never have gone to the three keggle route at all.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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I use a ball valve with a side pickup. I put a tamale rack (cake rack w legs) in to keep everything off the bottom. My 44qt pot is also electric.

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Old 06-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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I had a 1/2' coupler welded into the side of my pot. the Megapots have a thick bottom so their is enough room to put the coupler at the bottom of the pot and still have room for the pot to sit flat on the ground. I wasnt a big fan of the pickup tube route.

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Old 06-03-2013, 05:12 PM   #5
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I use a perforated basket inside my brewpot. Like this rig. Easy to hoist out and the bag doesn't snag on the valve inlet or thermo.

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I like the BIAB setup to be as simple as possible. IMO don't use any plumbing on the pot.
My thoughts exactly! Easy enough to siphon out of the kettle. If you want to use a drain port, it really should be very easy not to snag the bag, simply use your brew spoon b/w the bag and kettle to move the bag away from the fitting while lifting the bag. A poly voile bag is pretty hard to damage IME.
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This is why I love this board. Ask a question, get tons of answers. Lots of great ideas. I don't know why I never thought of using the autosiphon. Guess that will be my interim process until I decide to add a fitting.

Wilser, your' point about using the spoon is a good one too. I would figure that a port with a 1/2 inch fittin on the inside of the pot with no dip tube would be pretty snag resistant, but using the spoon could certainly eliminate all other issues.

I don't see myself using a steamer basket though. That seems like too much extra equipment. It certainly is not needed to keep from burning the bag. I just never have my burner on while the bag is in without stirring constantly.

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Autosiphon is ok... but I really hate my auto siphon. It works fine, I just don't like dealing with it losing suction/sanitizing/storing it or breaking the racking cane. Then there's that tubing. Don't even get me started on that blasted tubing.

My second autosiphon just broke so I will be getting a ball valve and elbarb pickup from brewhardware with a hose barb and some silicone tubing. To me, opening a valve and walking away is much more in line with the simplicity of BIAB than siphoning. And the elbarb is not a pointy thermometer so snagging on the bag will be a non issue. But to each their own!

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I was thinking a simple elbow would be a good snag free fitting. Either than or just the 1/2 npt fitting only. It would drain the bulk of the pot.

If you go the elbow route report back so we know how it works for you.

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I have no fittings on my 7.5g pot but am thinking of installing a spare drain valve that I have. I use a 13" pizza tray as my false bottom and would cut it to fit over the valve.
Think I will have a pickup like this one Booby installs.


I am thinking the drain port would serve another purpose if I lash out and get a little pump also to recirculate the wort / whirlpool while chilling. That will mean a little modification of my immersion chiller to accommodate the whirlpool pipe as per Jamil's chiller .

http://www.wortomatic.com/php/articles.php?ID=11
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