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Old 10-10-2012, 04:48 AM   #21
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The biggest reservation I had about BIAB is raising the bag to let it drain back into the kettle. If you choose BIAB, get a stepladder that will comfortably straddle your mash vessel. Grab a 2x4 3 feet long and attach a pulley to it. place it across the top of the stepladder beneath the top platform. Tie one end of the rope to the bag (google miller's knot) and thread the other end through the pulley. Lift and tie off to the bottom of the stepladder. Drip away.
and this is easier?
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:53 AM   #22
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It's nothing more than a scaffold to anchor the lifting pulley to... you don't climb the ladder, you use a pulley and rope to lift and hold the grain bag. A hook in an overhead joist or rafter works well too.

The main reason I jumped right into BIAB was cost... extract is much more expensive than grains. recycle the yeast cake and save another $7.50-$15.00 per batch.
My cooler conversion for my mash tun was a whopping $35 on top of the $40 I paid for the cooler itself. I had to move up to a bigger pot, but if you're doing BIAB you already have one big enough. How much did your rigging cost?
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:34 PM   #23
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My cooler conversion for my mash tun was a whopping $35 on top of the $40 I paid for the cooler itself. I had to move up to a bigger pot, but if you're doing BIAB you already have one big enough. How much did your rigging cost?
Are you comparing your three-pot system to a BIAB?
I have my 13 gallon pot, and a voile bag, and a hook to hang it from while I squeeze.

There is a lot you can't do with BIAB, but for downsizing, limited space, going cheap, or first AG, it's hard to beat BIAB.
Oops, did I sound like a fanboy? Sorry.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:41 PM   #24
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I'll forgive you this one time. Don't let it happen again...fanboy.

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:15 AM   #25
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Ha, love it... quoted you in my sig.

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:56 AM   #26
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Extract should be easy for you to jump into.
I'm sure you remember everything from all grain, extract is pretty much just saving steps and time.

I'm just getting ready to start all grain myself, but when I started brewing with extract and no prior brewing experience I had good results right away.
I simply listened to others and read up.
With your all grain experience you should have no problems.
You can brew some very good beer with extract.

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Old 10-13-2012, 01:38 AM   #27
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This thread has generated a lot of great info! Gotta love HBT, I wish I had found it sooner. I went ahead and ordered a bag for my 20 gallon kettle from Jeff Omundsun. He has a great page that goes into BIAB. He, of course, sews and sells bags for $35. I know one can go DIY for less but there it is. His site is www.bagbrewer.com.
I'm all set to get back to my love of brewing! I think I'll try BIAB and see how it goes. My extra hard water is great for IPA's, and Porters - especially when blended with about 50% RO water.
I like the idea of a pulley system. Especially since I already have an 8 foot step ladder and lots of 2x4 laying around.

What do you guys think about grain bills for BIAB? With no sparging, I would think an increase of around 20% should be considered?

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Rather than no sparging are you able to heat another pot with some sparge water, immerse the grain bag and stir and then pour the sparge water into your kettle? I've never done BIAB, I use a mash tun but if I did I think I'd still at least do a sparge of some sort. I hate the idea of having to buy more and leave good wort behind :-P


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Old 10-13-2012, 02:13 AM   #29
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No second vessel. Also, I have to confess that I haven't done a complete study on BIAB yet. Since I have a pump for my Jamil chiller, I've thought about rigging it to do a RIMS of sorts. I have a rotating Phil's sparging arm that I have never really put to use. I suppose I could rig a wort return from the pump into the arm and let it recirculate away.....I'd get good efficiency that way- not too mention some natural filtration from the grain bed. I'm sure someone out there with BIAB experience has some thoughts.

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Wait, so you have a rotating fly sparging arm and a pump but you or your wife (if you're married of course) don't have a 3 gallon pot sitting in a cabinet in the house?

I don't even cook and I have several pots. You could always stop by a home depot, Bed Bath Beyond, Sears, Macy's, etc and drop $20-$30 or so on a simple pot. Or you could borrow one for now


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