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Old 09-07-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about trying BIAB...

I only have 2 batches under my belt, but I am thinking about trying my hand at BIAB. I did some sparging of grains in my second batch with the help/advice of my local brew supply joint.

BIAB seems like a simple way to go AG without breaking the bank. From what I have read on this forum, I could buy a turkey fryer (like this http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/app/3241781737.html) for $50, a mesh bag, and couple other minor items. BIAB brew day seems about as difficult as my first two batches (grains and dme).

My wife would probably appreciate getting the brewing out of the kitchen as well.

My birthday (40 ) is approaching and I think I could spend a few bucks upgrading my brew hobby.

Am I missing anything? Is it more difficult or expensive than I am describing?

Thanks for the feedback.



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Old 09-07-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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Not really. You still have to mash. But if you do no sparge like I do its really like a long steep. You just have to hold the temp steady. I do this by putting a sleeping bag over my pot.



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Old 09-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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Try a small stove top BIAB batch first. If you are already geared up for brewing all you need is a mesh bag and something smaller to ferment in. I got a 5 gallon nylon paint straining bag and a 1 gallon glass jug both for under $10. I've done a couple of oatmeal stouts this way and they came out alright.

If you decide you like it then pull the trigger on some gear for full size batches.

That's my advice cuz I'm cheap. Dad hates going to Canadian Tire with me because I talk him out of buying things. If you got your heart set on some new gear then fill your boots.

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Ive been thinking about doing one lately too, just to try it. I have my allgrain system all set up, but sometimes I think this might be easier.

I noticed yesterday that norther brewer has a few 3 gallon brew in a bag kits they sell.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/recipe-kits/all-grain-biab-kits

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Go ahead and try a BIAB...it is almost foolproof. Heat 7.5 gal to 160 degrees, add grain, stir, cover w/ blankets/towels for 60-90 min, stir again, remove bag, boil w/ hops.....AG BIAB done!

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Default BIAB... Do it

I made the swith to BIAB after 1 extract and 1 partial mash. I am not looking back at all.

The keys are the same as any brewing. there are a lot of good calculators on line to help you find your strike temps and gravities. It only takes about an extra hour or two as compared to extract too.

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I have been doing BIAB for about 1.5 yrs now and would recommend using an ice chest to do the mash in. Screw all the one pot nonsense, yes its less transferring, but its a pain having to make sure the temp is correct, heating it up, then checking it over and over. With an ice chest It will hold temp for hours. One with a whole in the side is even better for transferring it back into the boil pot. Also do a longer mash (1.5hr or longer if you have the time) since you are not sparging to increase your efficiency.

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I have been doing BIAB for about 1.5 yrs now and would recommend using an ice chest to do the mash in. Screw all the one pot nonsense, yes its less transferring, but its a pain having to make sure the temp is correct, heating it up, then checking it over and over. With an ice chest It will hold temp for hours. One with a whole in the side is even better for transferring it back into the boil pot. Also do a longer mash (1.5hr or longer if you have the time) since you are not sparging to increase your efficiency.
Well, if you were truly a Trueslacker, you would likely not feel this way about the "one pot nonsense". I call your bluff, and say that you are far from a slacker, more likely an obsessed homebrewer counting half degrees on your mash temps.

I do the "one pot nonsense" and after dough in I read about 154 degrees, and after an hour plus wrapped in a towel and blanket I am about 151...is this so terrible...I think not? The beer doesn't seem to really miss the 3 degrees, why should I?

When I use my ice chest to mash, I have it fitted w/ a braid and tubing to drain. Using a bag in an ice chest also captures the downsides of both methods. But brew on brother....there is no wrong way...just many different ones....cheers.
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Thanks for the advice. I bought the turkey fryer and am ready to give it a try. Even if I don't like BIAB, my current "kettle" is only 4 gallons, so either way it was a good purchase.

I am pretty happy with the fryer pot. It came with a strainer (or whatever the internal pot with the big holes is called) and it appears to be 7.5 gallons to the top of strainer and about another gallon to the top of the pot. I think I will be able to put almost 7.5 gallons of water & grains in the pot and still have several inches to the top of the pot.

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Sounds like you're good to go...try not to overthink it...as simple as it is...cheers



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