Hey all -
I have been all grain brewing small 1 gallon batches for over a year and now want to step up to 3 gallons. I'm very happy with the beer I've made recently, so I'd like to keep the process as close as possible to what I've done in the past (the process is from the book Beer Craft if you've ever read it, love it!). Basically it's a BIAB with a sparge in a second pot. I'm a little afraid of mashing in the full volume of water as some BIAB methods use, mainly because of possible ph and temperature fluctuation issues. My idea is this:
- Get the 3 gallon BIAB kit Northern Brewer sells. This is a 7.5 gallon pot (would be my sparge and boil vessel), and the bag I need.
- Get a 5 gallon (not sure if that's big enough, or if I should go bigger?) cooler and mash in that (using the bag).
- After the mash is done, pull the bag from the cooler, sparge in my second pot, and add the wort from the cooler to the sparge pot and boil.
Does this sound good? I've run through it a couple times and it seems close to what I'm already doing but wanted to be sure I didn't miss anything...