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Old 12-11-2012, 03:22 AM   #11
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Look at the top of this forum for the BIAB sticky thread. Great instructions, pictures, everything you need to know.
There's an Australian biab forum too. Tons of great info and spreadsheets.

http://www.biabrewer.info/


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Old 12-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #12
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I started all grain with a 20 qt pot that I had used with extracts, added a grain mill from discount tommy on Ebay and a paint strainer bag from Home Depot and did a 2 1/2 gallon batches. I can fit that pot into my sink for cooling or better is to put it in a plastic tub filled with water (watch that the water isn't too high or your pot will tip over). In the winter I can add snow to the plastic tub for extra cooling. My initial cost to try was under $30. I upgraded to a 30qt turkey fryer so I could do full volume boils on a 5 gallon batch but my total cost is still under $100.



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Old 12-11-2012, 04:08 PM   #13
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Im looking at getting this

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/biab-3-gallon-system.html

Seem good?

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:25 PM   #14
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It seems expensive for what you get and it's limitations. I bought a turkey fryer that had a 7 1/2 gallon pot and a burner for about $60 and a pair of paint strainer bags for about $4 and can do a 2 gallon batch or a 5 gallon batch if I want. I can do the 2 gallon batch on my kitchen stove is I want or I can take the burner outside and brew a batch out there.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #15
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Northern Brewer doesn't ship to Canada. Canadian online retailers you might want to look at might be hopdawgs :http://hopdawgs.ca/Equipment/Brewing-kettles?product_id=370 or Ontario Beer Kegs http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/Nine_Gallon_Two_Weld_Brew_Pot_p/9gallon-2weld.htm but keep in mind you're going to be paying around $15-20 shipping on top of whatever the website states.

That's why buying local is better if you can. I stand by my Canadian Tire pot recommendation, or if you can find a restaurant supply store in your are or LHBS that sells pots. If you do order from one of the websites be sure to add on some grain/hops/yeast. Once you get to a certain point shipping doesn't get too much higher.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:06 PM   #16
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Good luck. Even a low cost system adds up quick. You could do it for 100 bucks, but I guarantee you'll notice 100 bucks worth of stuff that would make your beer and life better halfway through your first batch. 200 is feasible, you'll end up spending 4-500 at least in the long run.
This is really a brew philosophy thing more than anything else. I invested about $100 in moving from extract to AG, which I've been doing for quite a while now. The only additional purchases for me were a $20 corona mill, a $40 cooler, and a $15 braid/ball valve. I already had probably $2-300 invested at that point in extract brewing (12g SS pot, wort chiller, banjo burner, hoses, hydrometer, etc, etc), but the jump to AG was actually pretty cheap.

Of course you can always find things to spend money on. The question is whether or not you need to.
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What size of boiling pot should i get to do a 3 gallon batch? Thanks again.

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What size of boiling pot should i get to do a 3 gallon batch? Thanks again.
I'd suggest a 7 1/2 or 8 gallon. The reason for that is you can make a 3 gallon batch in that pretty easy but if you decide later to do 5 gallon batches they won't fit in the smaller pot and the price won't be much different.
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I'd suggest a 7 1/2 or 8 gallon. The reason for that is you can make a 3 gallon batch in that pretty easy but if you decide later to do 5 gallon batches they won't fit in the smaller pot and the price won't be much different.
+1 for this. You'll find as you go that the amount of time required to brew doesn't increase significantly as you move from 3 gallons to 5 gallons (or even to 10 gallons). You might want to start out small so that you don't end up with a bunch of mediocre beer, but eventually you'll probably want to go up to 5 gallons or even 10, depending on how many people you brew for and how quickly you consume. If you buy a 5 gallon pot, chances are you'll regret it a year from now.
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I'd suggest a 7 1/2 or 8 gallon. The reason for that is you can make a 3 gallon batch in that pretty easy but if you decide later to do 5 gallon batches they won't fit in the smaller pot and the price won't be much different.
Ask me how much fun it is to clean up a pile of rock hard high gravity boil over off the garage floor. I tried, and almost succeeded in boiling a 6.8 gallon batch in a 7.5 gallon pot. Something about the viscosity of the wort makes the bubbles explode out of the kettle at random instead of a nice consistent bubbling like the same volume of water would do.


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