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Old 04-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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I just don't think its easier or a time saver once you move out of the kitchen.
people get great efficiency with it. 5-10 gallon BIAB setups seem to get just as complicated as a mashtun setup.
I'm a lazy sob. I've done the traditional propane burner, cooler mlt, batch sparge, ice bath chill. It got to a point where the thought of taking out all the equipment deterred me from brewing. The thought of a single vessel system where i lift the grains out of the wort and turn the heating elements on makes my nipples twitch. Of course, theres the possibility i'll hate it and give up brewing, but it seems easier to me.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:49 PM   #12
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I'm a lazy sob. I've done the traditional propane burner, cooler mlt, batch sparge, ice bath chill. It got to a point where the thought of taking out all the equipment deterred me from brewing. The thought of a single vessel system where i lift the grains out of the wort and turn the heating elements on makes my nipples twitch. Of course, theres the possibility i'll hate it and give up brewing, but it seems easier to me.
Try lifting a 16-20 lb. bag of hot, wet grain and you might decide it's not all you thought.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:06 PM   #13
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With the help of a pulley and a hook to tie the basket off to, i dont foresee a problem.

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With the help of a pulley and a hook to tie the basket off to, i dont foresee a problem.
I'm sure that would work, but it sure doesn't make the whole process as easy as it sounds like it should be. For me, using a cooler would be much easier. To each their own.
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If nothing else, i'll save time not sparging. The biggest time saver will be switching to electric. With two 5500w elements, water and wort will be heated much quicker than my old propane burner.

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a pulley works, a cheap harbor freight electric hoist work better (and easier)

but this is more cost and more complication. The method is sound but it quickly becomes not the cheapest and simplest way to brew beer that its often portrayed as. you quickly start designing your system so you can BIAB, rather than BIAB as a way to eliminate equipment.


I've seen electric hoist automated HERM's BIAB systems.

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Great, now you've got me thinking about adding an electric hoist to my garage!
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If nothing else, i'll save time not sparging. The biggest time saver will be switching to electric. With two 5500w elements, water and wort will be heated much quicker than my old propane burner.
But you can no sparge in a cooler, too. Personally, I find the 5-7 min. it takes me to batch sparge is worth the extra efficiency I get.
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batch sparging is fast

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But you can no sparge in a cooler, too. Personally, I find the 5-7 min. it takes me to batch sparge is worth the extra efficiency I get.
Ok. You convinced me....im returning everything and going back to my cooler system. Since it seems like thats the only way.
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