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Old 05-06-2014, 10:50 PM   #11
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I have trouble getting myself to tear up one of my sleeping bags.
I set the kettle on the floor, atop some scraps of wood, unzip the sleeping bag and drape it over the covered kettle, tuck the bag in, and wait. The next time I think of it when I'm in Lowes or Home Depot, I'm going to get a roll of that Reflectix insulation material and fit it around my brew kettle.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:05 AM   #12
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I stick my 5gal pot/mash tun/brew kettle in the oven when I BIAB. I have it preheated to 200F then turn off the oven and stick the pot in there. Never lose more than 1-2 degrees in the course on an hour mash.
Same here. I preheat to 170 (lowest setting) and turn off before I pop it into the oven. Never lose more than a degree or two.

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It's a great idea, but my pot has plastic on the handles. I'll be sure to make sure my next does not! [/QUOTE]

Your plastic handles will be fine. Try the oven.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:14 AM   #13
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Fill your headspace and you will wonder why you ever tried to put a sleeping bag around your mash tun, believe me.
How do you fill the headspace?
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:10 AM   #14
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I use the oven method for my small brew pot.

With my larger brew pot I use my son's winter jacket that he grew out of last year. With the jacket zipped up I just slip it over the top and then fold it over and bungee cord it to keep the top sealed well.

I too have noticed that the fuller my brew pot the better it holds it's temperature.

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Old 05-07-2014, 01:36 AM   #15
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How do you fill the headspace?
I try to have a mash volume very close the volume of my kettle-tun. That's really the best way. Grist-water ratio is very flexible if you watch your pH, up to at least 1qt:1.5lbs.

I just got a 20 gal kettle I intend to use as a tun for 15 gal batches, and I am thinking it's going to be a little harder now since it's so big (though the larger liquid volume will buffer things some too). I kind of want to design a floating lid that sits over my mash, but I know that won't be happening immediately.
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About to do my first BIAB, using an 11 gallon pot to do a 5 gallon batch. I guess there will a fair amount of head space.

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Depends on the grain bill but yeah, probably. Now that I have an 80qt tun I'd need what... 53# of grain for zero headspace at 1.5qt/lb... probably not making any batches like that any time soon.

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