Originally Posted by brewjunky
I don't get how this saves any time if you are batch sparging it must be the same amount of time.
I batch sparge and BiaB. I'd say that BiaB saves me at least
an hour and a half for several reasons.
- Quick set up. I don't need to get out my HLT, Mash Tun, or mash tun stand.
- No sparge. I don't do an extended mash or a long mash out like Cistercian. Sometimes I'll raise the mash to 170, but I pull the grain bag right away usually. I get 75% efficiency.
- Possibly quicker to boil, because the pre-boil temp is most likely a little higher. Also, I start the burner as soon as I pull the bag out. With my "real" system, I have to keep my kettle on the ground until the sparge is finished, and then I can lift it onto my burner to start the boil.
- Quick cleanup. I don't need to clean and put away my HLT, Mash Tun, or mash tun stand.
It is also a much more portable system. I can fit everything in the trunk of my car, as opposed to filling up my van.