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Old 01-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #751
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Biab is Brew In A Bag. Essentially its an all grain (or partial mash) method where the crushed grain is mashed in the boil kettle at roughly ~ 150F for 60 minutes. The grain is held in a fine mesh bag that can be lifted out of the kettle after the 60 minutes are up. You can then sparge by dunking this bag in another vessel at 170F for 10 minutes, sprinkle 170F water through it, or skip this step all together (called no sparge).

You need a 7.5 gallon pot (will barely fit the 12 lbs of grain for 2H, but preferably larger). You will also need to do full volume boils for all grain, so a propane turkey frier heater is helpful (where I got my pot too). And finally a method of quickly chilling 5-6 gallons of boiling wort; I use a copper immersion wort chiller. Of course the bag itself is needed for BIAB, but I got my start with nylon 5 gallon paint strainer bags that you can find at Home Depot or Fleet Farm (like $5 for 2). Lots of great BIAB instruction and discussion here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/biab...g-pics-233289/

BTW, too bad you didn't ask a 6 weeks ago I'm in the NW side of the Twin Cities and could have shown you how to brew 2Hearted with BIAB. Ready to crack the first one tonight (2nd batch of 2H).

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:29 AM   #752
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So.. I have a real newb question and would appreciate some feedback. I used this recipe for my first all grain brew (I've done a few extracts / partial mashes). Normally I've always bottle conditioned / carbonated my home brew, but I also just upgraded to a small kegging system. I noticed in the recipe that its recommended for the primary fermentation to go for 4 weeks at 65 degrees. Is all of this time in the primary fermenter? Or should i move my beer into the keg and let it go another 2-3 weeks there? Thanks for the help!

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So.. I have a real newb question and would appreciate some feedback. I used this recipe for my first all grain brew (I've done a few extracts / partial mashes). Normally I've always bottle conditioned / carbonated my home brew, but I also just upgraded to a small kegging system. I noticed in the recipe that its recommended for the primary fermentation to go for 4 weeks at 65 degrees. Is all of this time in the primary fermenter? Or should i move my beer into the keg and let it go another 2-3 weeks there? Thanks for the help!
No need to ferment any longer, just transfer to your keg and carb it up with co2. Should be drinking it in a few days if you force carb
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:27 AM   #754
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Hmm, still too intimidated to make a starter. I think for this batch I may get a 1056 and assuming it's fresh, just smack it, let it swell, and pitch. For a 5 gallon batch, I'm not too terribly worried about it being stressed.

Then I'll work on harvesting some real THA yeast, learn about starters that way.

The other part of it is that I want to brew this on New Years Day, and I'm not sure I'll be able get the right cell count by Tuesday.
I started making starters and immediately wondered why I hadn't always done it. Just like going all grain, it's ends up being 1000 times easier than what you think it will be. Give it a shot, it's a good skill to add and there is a great sticky about it. Only takes a few minutes.
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I started making starters and immediately wondered why I hadn't always done it. Just like going all grain, it's ends up being 1000 times easier than what you think it will be. Give it a shot, it's a good skill to add and there is a great sticky about it. Only takes a few minutes.
See,y you had me until you called all grain 'easy'.... I have yet to break 55% efficiency, and it's pretty darn frustrating.
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See,y you had me until you called all grain 'easy'.... I have yet to break 55% efficiency, and it's pretty darn frustrating.
BIAB is AG and it is pretty easy. I've yet to hit below 70% efficiency either...
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BIAB is AG and it is pretty easy. I've yet to hit below 70% efficiency either...
I must be doing something completely wrong. Tried small batches of biab, did full size in a cooler, and it's still awful. Gonna try again this week.
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I would question your crush first. 1x crush by brew shop? Grist ratio of quarts of water/lb of grain in mash? Did you calibrate your mash thermometer? Getting to 70 should be very attainable, keep investigating.

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Here's the crush, 1x through on a friend's crankandstein setup that he got from a friend of a friend, no obvious way to set (or find out) the size.

1.25 quarts per pound

mash thermometer was always within 1 or 2 degrees of my glass thermometer in other applications.

Think I might go 2x crush for my next batch, and cross my fingers to avoid a stuck sparge (bazooka tube in the bottom).

The two big mistakes i've been able to figure out from my last attempt were:

1. My sparge water was heated to 170, much too low to bring my grain bed near 170. Aiming for 180-182 next time.

2. I stirred, but not vigorously, after my infusions. I'm going to stir much harder next time, and use the vourlaf to reset the grain bed.

Question, how long to let the infusions sit before starting vourlaf and draining again?
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looks like your crush is fairly coarse. if the mill is adjustable, tighten that baby up!

if not, a double crush would probably hep out a lot.

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