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Old 12-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #21
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I was lifting the bag and setting it in a colander over a bucket, squeezing the bag then dumping the squeezins into the kettle. No basket.

But I recently saw a post here where a guy lifts the bag, places a thick oven rack over the kettle, lays the bag on top, then squeezes the bag with the kettle lid. Seems much easier and no hot bag to squeeze. This is what I'm doing next.
I do this. It is trickier than it sounds because the bag 'splays out' on the rack. You have to watch the edges for leaks that don't drip into the kettle. I am now doing ths, not squeezing all that much and after 5 mins or when the wort starts steaming as it gets to the boil, i take the bag and put it in a bucket. Then, 20 mins later I pour the extra drom the bucket into the boiling kettle. Posted using the miserable and terrible ipad app.p for hbt which allows no editing.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:34 PM   #22
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I agree with most here get the biggest pot that fits your budget and I wouldn't worry about the basket. If you make your own bag taper it at the bottom or get a bag like wilserbrewer. You don't want a bag with corners like a pillow case because the wort tends to drain from the corners and it can get messy. I just lift the bag and slide a rack under it. Then you can squeeze or just let it drain.

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Old 12-22-2013, 03:51 PM   #23
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I do BIAB, and I do 10 gallons in a 20 gallon pot and I'd agree that with a 10 or 15 gallon pot for 5 gallon batches, this will makes things much easier to deal with. Also, I use a basket in mine with a bag sized to fit the pot. In my case I have an electric element that I want to keep the bag off of, so the basket works good for me ... And when I'm done with the mash I lift the basket and place a grill over the pot that the basket sits on while it drains. This setup works good for me.

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:56 PM   #24
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I had an 8 then a 10 now a 15. I spent too much a little at a time. Here's what I ended up with. Fantastic pot a a great price!

Check this out on AMZN: Thunder Group 60 Quart Aluminum Stock Pot http://amzn.com/B001PZ7K7A

$60 shipped

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:50 PM   #25
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I use the winware 40qt AL pot, <$50 shipped from amazon. It is nice and thick and AL is easy to modify for a ball valve etc. I have not found a reason to do full volume mash, I usually do about 6 gal strike water and top off to my pre-boil volume. This still results in a thin mash (2qt per pound) and good efficiency.

I bought a metal basket for my kettle but never use it.

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Old 12-24-2013, 04:12 PM   #26
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I had an 8 then a 10 now a 15. I spent too much a little at a time. Here's what I ended up with. Fantastic pot a a great price!

Check this out on AMZN: Thunder Group 60 Quart Aluminum Stock Pot http://amzn.com/B001PZ7K7A

$60 shipped
That is a great deal for an aluminum pot. After over a dozen BIAB in a tri-clad tuna-can shape 10 gallon stainless pot, I think that the holy grail for 5 gallon batches is a 12.5 gallon tall-form stainless steamer with the basket insert around 4 inches over the bottom of the bottom of the kettle.

For me, the absolute holiest of holy grails is the system sold by High Gravity brewing. http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...m#.UrmulvRDtHU And even still I wish they offered a 12.5 gallon kettle.
That is pretty much what I'm working towards in my system.
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I have the 10 gal. Bayou classic which came with a valve, thermometer, valve screen, and false bottom. It's a bit pricey, but you're set with the triclad bottom & false bottom-no scorching or melting. Also, the valve screen really helps filter out the hops/cold break material. It's really sweet, but as others stated, wish i would have bought the 16 gal setup. Its about $230 complete online. I do alot of IPA's using the 10 gal. and am limited to around 1.070 with the grain bill size & volume for 5.5 in fermenter. Also, the grill grate method with a good squeeze using lid works great! Happy Brewin'!

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Old 01-08-2014, 02:03 AM   #28
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If you want the biggest bang for your buck...
http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/...0hd/p4869.aspx
or 60quart
http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/...0hd/p4868.aspx
Priced right, heavy aluminum, last forever if treated right.

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From what I've seen, the steamer baskets out there seem to limit the potential volume that might be used for grains. So, when I purchased my kettle, I looked for one that had a compatible steamer tray. The one I purchased fits nicely in my kettle and holds the bag above the ball valve manifold/dip tube. This is important if you want to do recirculation during mashing, which isn't really necessary, but helps to distribute heat more evenly throughout the grain bed.

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