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Old 10-27-2010, 07:28 PM   #11
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I'm going to give this a shot, if nothing else cleanup should be easier, right?

A neighbor who is in his 80's was talking to me about homebrewing and said he had a fermentor I could have - I was thinking carboy - turns out it was a big open top crock. He said they used to ferment the beer in that, no cover, etc - Nateo is right in that it really isn't that hard to make good beer, I've been lucky that my beer has always been "great", but I may also be biased.

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Old 10-27-2010, 08:02 PM   #12
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Sounds like the open fermenters they use in Deutschland for weizens.

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Old 10-28-2010, 02:44 AM   #13
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Get a dictionary, dude. Plastic means pliable. Beer will tolerate a lot of abuse and still come out decently.
Oh thanks for clarifying, that makes so much more sense. I will remember to use the word that way in the future, wow what did I learn in school. I really should have known. For example: My rugged pick-up truck is soooooo plastic! Man, since I started running my leg muscles have become really quite plastic. That Brock Lesnar, even though he lost that UFC fight, I must say he is soooo plastic. ROFL!!!

Sorry couldn't resist, even though everyone hates a grammar Nazi I find it quite entertaining. Just paying it forward, I get crap all the time and I laugh at myself plenty

Nevertheless, your actual point was true - beer WILL tolerate a lot of abuse and it is pretty hard to screw up terribly.

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Old 10-28-2010, 02:47 PM   #14
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I'll ignore the illiterate Canadian and add that I did my first BIAB two weeks ago, except it wasn't a BIAB it was a LIAB.

LIAB -- Lauter In A Bag.

I used direct heat on the stove top for a step mash in my 7.5 gal brew kettle. 10 lbs. Maris Otter with 4.5 gal. water. Constantly stirring the mash when adding heat.

I then lined my 6.5 gal HDPE bottling bucket/fermenting bucket with a 5 gal nylon paint straining bag from Ace Hardware. I made sure that the bottom of the mesh just touched the bottom of the bucket, but the sides of the parabola shaped mesh cleared the spigot. I lashed it in place and added my mash.

I gave it a stir, set the grain and volufed a couple of times and drained half way. Then I added 3 gal 170 deg sparge water, stirred and drained the whole batch as fast as the spigot would allow.

After boil it's gravity was 1.056, volume was 5.5 gal.

I'm doing it again this weekend, adding some steps. I will be putting the 'mash' kettle in the oven for the long rest to maintain heat.

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Old 10-28-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
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LIAB sounds interesting. I may have to try that. Any issues with putting liquid that hot into a plastic bucket?

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I didn't notice any issues with the HDPE bucket and it wasn't in there for very long.

It was my first all grain batch, a SMaSH, Marris Otter/US Goldings.

Fermentation went well, 1.056 - 1.011 in eight days. Gravity sample was delicious!

Many here are using insulated plastic MLT's made from water coolers, HDPE should be as stable.

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