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Old 02-28-2012, 12:57 PM   #21
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Any other ideas to shorten the brew day?
1) Strike water on a timer, grain premilled

2) Large enough pot to due a full volume BIAB.

3) Powerfull gas burner or electric element.

4) Check conversion to shorten mash

5) Massive hop burst to shorten boil

6) "no chill" in kettle / ferment in your kettle

20 minute mash and a 20 minute boil and your under an hour...is that quick enough
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:47 PM   #22
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Good thoughts wilserbrewer - thanks

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:42 AM   #23
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Premill your grain...

Either pre-heat or use hot water to fill your boiler

Stupendous propane burner...

60 min mash. Star the boil immediately after yanking the bag

60 min boil

No-chill

Should easily get it under 3 hrs, and you can have everything except the kettle cleaned before you start filling the cube/s

FWIW, I use a 90 min mash and boil, and get <4 hrs from dough-in to sealing the cubes.

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:01 PM   #24
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Right now I'm leaning towards a no sparge setup and think that will be the easiest brewday and let me expand with patigyle or go places that BIAB won't allow me to go.

BIAB is great but I'm not too psyched about lifted or draining a 15 lb wet bag - or building some kind of pulley system when you can build a cooler mash tun for $25.


thanks for the comments.

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I BIAB and my last couple batches have used shorter mash times and shorter boils, with more hops or higher AA% hops. I can't taste any difference so far and it's saved a whackload of time.

Made one two weeks ago, called it Speed Racer ale. I went from gathering my equipment (spoons, scale, etc.) prior to even filling the kettle or measuring and grinding my grain, to pitched and fully cleaned up and put away, in just shy of 2 and a half hours.

This was an average 5.5% APA, nothing fancy. Pitched some harvested Nottingham and the beer was bottled 6 days later, drinkable and mildly carbed 4 days after that. Tastier now of course, but it was fine up until then.

I got 81% efficiency on the mash, 80% overall I think. This used a 30 minute mash and a 30 minute boil, immersion chiller to cool.

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I BIAB and my last couple batches have used shorter mash times and shorter boils, with more hops or higher AA% hops. I can't taste any difference so far and it's saved a whackload of time.

Made one two weeks ago, called it Speed Racer ale. I went from gathering my equipment (spoons, scale, etc.) prior to even filling the kettle or measuring and grinding my grain, to pitched and fully cleaned up and put away, in just shy of 2 and a half hours.

This was an average 5.5% APA, nothing fancy. Pitched some harvested Nottingham and the beer was bottled 6 days later, drinkable and mildly carbed 4 days after that. Tastier now of course, but it was fine up until then.

I got 81% efficiency on the mash, 80% overall I think. This used a 30 minute mash and a 30 minute boil, immersion chiller to cool.
I have GOT to try this! Thanks for sharing Psych!
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BIAB is great but I'm not too psyched about lifted or draining a 15 lb wet bag - or building some kind of pulley system when you can build a cooler mash tun for $25.


thanks for the comments.
Lifting and draining the BIAB Bag is not much of a chore at all...you can simply pull the bag out and set it in a bucket for a few minutes, then pour those runnings into the kettle. I already have a mash tun built...yet more often than not I still reach for the bag FWIW. Adding another vessel adds time and labor IMO...hope you meet your goals...
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Lifting and draining the BIAB Bag is not much of a chore at all...you can simply pull the bag out and set it in a bucket for a few minutes, then pour those runnings into the kettle. I already have a mash tun built...yet more often than not I still reach for the bag FWIW. Adding another vessel adds time and labor IMO...hope you meet your goals...
I can still do both with that setup if need be - I'm curious what's the largest grain bill you've done with that BIAB method?

I really want to do some partigyle batches and don't think that it's really possible with BIAB - I'm sure you can pull it of somehow but...
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