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Old 01-22-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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After reading DeathBrewers threads on partial and all grain stove top brewing, I've been kicking around the idea of brewing in a bag.

Who here does BIAB and you do prefer this vs. traditional all grain brewing?

What size bag are you using? From what I've read, the 5 gallon paint strainer bags are too small. Did you make one, buy a cider press bag, or?

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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i just tried BIAB, I tused a lagre grain bag but what i have seen i think that was too small.

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:19 PM   #3
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Since converting a half barrel sanke keg into a boil kettle, I have only done BIAB brews. I used to do the cooler/batch sparge method, but never again. BIAB gives me beers just as good as batch sparging, plus it's easier, less cleanup, and faster. I now prefer it and don't see myself going back. Many of the online HB shops carry 2x2 or 2x3 bags that should be sufficient. I use a 2x3 bag and it lines my keggle perfectly.

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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Just started...have a keggle and had my mom purchase some material and sew me up four bags that fit with a draw string.

I heat 7 gallons to 160, toss in the grains and steep at 154 for 60-90 minutes, pull, drain, then brew away as normal...no sparge.

Done two batches...green beer (ordinary bitter) tasted good, tapping the keg tonight and will post.

Second batch (house ale) still in primary/secondary and will post once I've sampled...might transfer later today.

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:06 PM   #5
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I BIAB.. my wife sewed a bag for me out of voile.. cost $7 for enough material to make 2 grain bags and 2 hops bags. the grain bags are big enough to fit the kettle in

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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HossTheGreat, the bag you're using, is it a 5 gallon paint straining bag?

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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Mysticmead, hand or machine sewn? We don't have a machine; unless I find the right sized bag, it will be hand sewn.

Also, what did you stitch it with; nylon thread, cotton thread?

There are cider / apple press bags, they are pretty large, used for pressing.

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:26 PM   #8
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Hell yeah I brew in a bag, my efficiency has only been 68% so far though. I do it because of equipment limitations. For my next experiment I'm going to mash without the bag to see if a better stir will help the efficiency. Then I'll have the bag positioned over another pot and poor into that to catch the grains.

I'm using the biggest bag my LHBS had.

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:30 PM   #9
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5 gallon paint strainer bag is what I use when doing BIAB.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:44 PM   #10
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Mysticmead, hand or machine sewn? We don't have a machine; unless I find the right sized bag, it will be hand sewn.

Also, what did you stitch it with; nylon thread, cotton thread?

There are cider / apple press bags, they are pretty large, used for pressing.
machine sewn. hand stitching can work.. my wife used heavy weight thread (poly blend). for a drawstring I used 550 cord (parachute cord). others have simply used a very large piece of voile that was pushed down into the pot and clipped to the edge. as long as it contains the grains and allows for the most movement (needed to stir) it'll work and involves no sewing at all

 
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