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Old 03-05-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Ok so I decided, after a year and some change of extract brewing, that I would finally jump to all grain. I decided the BIAB method seemed like an easy way to jump in and get a feel for it.

Im doing a 2.5 gallon batch of surly bender clone (brown ale)

Got all my stuff ready.




Got my mini fermenter and boil off vessel soaking.


I got a vegetable steamer for the bottom of the boil kettle


Got my 5 gallon paint strainer in the pot and ready to go


As the water was warming up to temp, I decided it was a good time for a beer. What more fitting than the beer I'm trying to duplicate.



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Got it up to temp and the grains all in




I mashed for 75 minutes, then mashed out.




Meanwhile I heated some water in a second kettle to sparge the grains.


Grains out



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Bringing it to a boil.


Then boiled for 60 min.


With ten minutes left in the boil, I threw the cooler in to get it sanitized.


Hooked all the lines up, usually I just run a line right back to the sink, but my septic system is frozen, and not draining like it is supposed to, so I had to be ghetto and run it out the door, into the driveway.

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My picture taking got kinda bad at this point, so here is the beer in the fermenter, in its final resting place for the next few weeks.

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Overall everything went really well, and this method was very easy. Really the only thing I screwed up (at least that I know of) was my hop additions. but that was my own fault.

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Super helpful. What does the veggie steamer do?

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Super helpful. What does the veggie steamer do?
I'm guessing the veggie steamer helps keep direct heat off the grains while applying heat to adjust mash temp?
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I'm guessing the veggie steamer helps keep direct heat off the grains while applying heat to adjust mash temp?
Yup.
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy seeing other people's brewing processes. It helps get me through all those brewless days!

Although I am jealous of that kettle, and also that you can get Surly beers. Always wanted to try one, guess I'll just have to settle for a NB kit. Cheers!

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One thing I might check on is that the dial thermometer is accurate at mash temperature. I can see by your picture that it is right on at boil but that doesn't necessarily mean it is right on at mash temp. A few degrees off during the mash really changes the character of the beer.



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