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Old 12-04-2009, 05:44 PM   #11
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So, you CAN do this if you do some sort of a sparge after you pull the grain bag out, or top off the BK prior to the boil.
FWIW, I'm moving to 10 gallon batches with BIAB. I have a 15gallon pot. I'm gonna do partial mashes -- mostly grain, with some DME. I get DME cheap in bulk and it tastes fine. I should be able to make a 1.055 beer with 15 lbs of grain and 5 lbs of DME, for example.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:46 PM   #12
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Yeah I'm looking at a sky hook or come along or something to hold the bag up too. This guy http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/for...pic.php?t=4650 Got it right on opening the keg all the way up. Couldn't have been easy but its definitely more open.

I would agree w/ top off pre boil or maybe sparge the bag.

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Old 12-04-2009, 09:05 PM   #13
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The small cutout at the top of the keggle, and the weight of the bag is a problem.

One idea I've been bouncing around is to use a colander with a handle to little by little scoop out the grain, letting it drip dry back into the keggle, and discarding. I could even do this as the keggle is warming up for the boil.

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Old 12-04-2009, 10:36 PM   #14
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I just did a modified partigyle with my brew group. I did a BIAB tripel (first "runnings") and dubbel (second "runnings"). I'm not a big guy and I did fine with 24 pounds of grains. I held it over the pot while twisting the bag tight until it was mostly done draining. Then I put the whole thing in a rubbermaid bin. I had 8.8 gallons of water to start. We then sparged with 4 gallons of water right in the rubbermaid bin. The water poured in over the grains, I swished it around a little bit then lifted it and twisted the bag again. That wort went into a second kettle. Then I used a lid to squeeze the bag against the side of the bin and got out as much wort as I could. So your scenario is possible (ignoring any possible issues with the smaller hole in the top of your keggle). Max out your water in the kettle, use the remaining required water to mash out in another vessel.

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Old 12-05-2009, 01:43 AM   #15
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http://www.roperatchet.com/250ratchet.shtml

A lesson from my old man "Work Smarter, Not Harder"

I picked up the 1/4" roperatchet pulley system in the camping section of Academy Sports for less than $10. It makes it easy for that BIAB to drain 10-15 minutes and is rated for 150 lbs.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:36 AM   #16
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update:

I successfully BIABed 25 pounds of grain in my keggle with the smaller diameter top. I got 75% efficiency, which is better than I expected.

I mashed in with a bit over 10 gallons of water, and I had PLENTY of space in the keggle for more grain.

I couldnt lift the bag with all that grain out of the smaller diameter keggle hole, so I had to use a scoop to take out half the grain little by little and put into my sparge vessel (a 6.5 gallon bucket with another nylong grain bag lined into it). I "sparged" twice with a couple gallons of water while my initial runnings were getting to a boil. Honestly, I felt comfortable enough, and I'll try an even bigger beer next time, maybe 28-30 pounds or so. Ive gone 10 gallons and I can't turn back...

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Old 01-15-2010, 01:15 PM   #17
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Good on ya, push the envelope.

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Old 01-15-2010, 02:59 PM   #18
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Just bought one and hope to rig it up today - it will be ghetto fabulous
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:24 AM   #19
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if you can use a double pully system, or more, to reduce your pull ( I would tink most sporting goods stores 'CHAINS" have the pully systen they use fore deer (is were i got mine for hunting). I have not tried that much grain yet but have considered using my deer pully sustem to lift thet much grain, not in the house (unless you like a hook in you sealing) but would be easy in a guarage or with an A frame outside

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Old 01-16-2010, 01:21 AM   #20
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why not just use 2 or 3 bags?

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