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Old 01-26-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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So I attempted my first BIAB last weekend, and so far it appears to have been a success! I had done a few partial mashes with good results, and tried the Northern Brewer Chocolate Milk Stout kit. I was hesitant to brew a beer with so many additions for my first AG batch, but so far so good. I realized a few batches back that my rarely used 30 qt. pressure cooker makes a great kettle, although I admit that I do use direct low heat to maintain temperature, with the jar riser on the bottom of the pot to keep the bag from melting. I also made my first yeast starter, which I should have done years ago! I have a background in micro-bio, and had stirplates, flasks, etc. all sitting around in a dusty box in the closet (too bad there is no "facepalm" smiley). I think I may soon start a yeast bank, as I have the experience and equipment to work with agar, but that's a topic for another thread. The fermentation was vigorous, I saw my first bubbles from the blowoff tube within about 6 hours, and the gravity had dropped to around 1.020 within 2 days (best part about using corny kegs for fermentors is that sampling is extremely simple!). I'm very excited, and really amazed at how easy it was... Next up is the Waldo Lake kit, it's a fairly big grain bill in comparison, here's hoping it goes as well! Thanks deathbrewer for the pictorials which got me started!

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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congrats!!! BIAB is a very easy way to brew. so far I've been happy with it and plan on continuing this method for a while.

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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Agreed, I don't see myself going back! I had put off AG brewing because I figured by the time I bought a new kettle, coolers, parts, etc, I'd end up spending ~$500. In the end, I bought a $5 grain bag. Certainly a little easier on the wallet!

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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Agreed, I don't see myself going back! I had put off AG brewing because I figured by the time I bought a new kettle, coolers, parts, etc, I'd end up spending ~$500. In the end, I bought a $5 grain bag. Certainly a little easier on the wallet!
That is unless you take the BIAB equipment to the next level like I did.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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So I attempted my first BIAB last weekend, and so far it appears to have been a success! I had done a few partial mashes with good results, and tried the Northern Brewer Chocolate Milk Stout kit. I was hesitant to brew a beer with so many additions for my first AG batch, but so far so good. I realized a few batches back that my rarely used 30 qt. pressure cooker makes a great kettle, although I admit that I do use direct low heat to maintain temperature, with the jar riser on the bottom of the pot to keep the bag from melting. I also made my first yeast starter, which I should have done years ago! I have a background in micro-bio, and had stirplates, flasks, etc. all sitting around in a dusty box in the closet (too bad there is no "facepalm" smiley). I think I may soon start a yeast bank, as I have the experience and equipment to work with agar, but that's a topic for another thread. The fermentation was vigorous, I saw my first bubbles from the blowoff tube within about 6 hours, and the gravity had dropped to around 1.020 within 2 days (best part about using corny kegs for fermentors is that sampling is extremely simple!). I'm very excited, and really amazed at how easy it was... Next up is the Waldo Lake kit, it's a fairly big grain bill in comparison, here's hoping it goes as well! Thanks deathbrewer for the pictorials which got me started!
What is BAIB?

 
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:55 PM   #6
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What is BAIB?
BIAB or brew in a bag. It is an Australian method that is catching on because of the simplicity and less equipment needed. Basically you put all of your grain mill into a large bag stick it into the kettle with full water volume, mash it, lift bag out to drain, start boil, add hops addition, chill or not the end.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:57 PM   #7
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That is unless you take the BIAB equipment to the next level like I did.
What'd you do? I bought a 7 gallon cooler, a stainless steel racking cane, and some silicone tube. I mash with a bag in the cooler, then sparge in my brew pot, then rack the wort from the cooler to the brewpot and boil.

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What'd you do? I bought a 7 gallon cooler, a stainless steel racking cane, and some silicone tube. I mash with a bag in the cooler, then sparge in my brew pot, then rack the wort from the cooler to the brewpot and boil.

Any other suggestions?
Your method is perfectly fine I however got carried away with a PID controled electric keggle and recirculate from bottom to top to insure perfect temp control not to mention the al stainless valves and quick disconnects then there is the CFC chiller and pond pump for cooling. I was merely suggesting that it is not always the cheapest brewing method when one takes it up a notch (overdoes it).
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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Anyone with a sculpture is taking brewing to the next level I started learning from The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, and Papazian was talking about drilling holes in the bottom of a bucket! It worked fine, but I guess years of tweaking have brought us to rigs and equipment like Lehr, Kladue, Brouwerij Kabouter, LonnieMac, YuriRage, GreenMonti, SawDustGuy, Monstermash, and MANY MANY others have. Matter of fact, I think we should have the "Oscars" of homebrewing equipment (not just beer).

 
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:17 AM   #10
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Anyone with a sculpture is taking brewing to the next level I started learning from The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, and Papazian was talking about drilling holes in the bottom of a bucket! It worked fine, but I guess years of tweaking have brought us to rigs and equipment like Lehr, Kladue, Brouwerij Kabouter, LonnieMac, YuriRage, GreenMonti, SawDustGuy, Monstermash, and MANY MANY others have. Matter of fact, I think we should have the "Oscars" of homebrewing equipment (not just beer).
Scuba your single vessel BIAB was my inspiration to put the other two vessels away for a while. I did my first BIAB batch with my ekeggle and dont know if I will ever go back.
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