Originally Posted by alcibiades
this would make it easier to sparge, and would solve the bag rip problem, but it kinda defeats the cost savings that go into BIAB....
Sure, but time is also a pretty huge commodity and I think it's way easier to just dump a screen lined basket out than to mess with grain getting stuck in the crevices of a keggle (if you use one).
The basket would also double as your "hop bag" for the boil, and will save you time and effort on the back end as well. A lot of people spend a lot of money keeping hops out of their fermenters and chillers. Utilization shouldn't suffer like it does in a nylon bag because the internal area of the basket would contain most of the wort in the kettle.