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Old 05-06-2014, 02:03 PM   #1851
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I use softened water and get good efficiency. Look into a corona mill. $40 and you know you will get the crush you want.



 
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:11 PM   #1852
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My BH eff ranges from 78 to 85%. I have a Corona mill and crush as fine as I can get it, then add the grains very slow and stirring all the time. If I don't stir a lot, I get big lumps, which I'm sure will mess up my eff.



 
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:59 PM   #1853
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great post, nice pics, easy to follow. thanks

 
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:10 PM   #1854
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Great write-up! I modified this slightly to conform with my (lack of) specific equipment, and it seemed to work like a charm. My first all grain Belgian Wit is currently burbling away in my living room.

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Old 07-15-2014, 11:34 PM   #1855
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i only have an 8 gallon stock pot and i am attempting to do a BIAB all grain 5 gallon batch. at this time, i am not purchasing a larger stock pot. what is the best method, specifically dealing w/ the lack of strike water volume?

 
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:03 AM   #1856
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That is the same as my equipment for BIAB 5 gal batches. I use make-up water and dunk sparges. I try to make up the volume with the water from the sparges and usually do not hit it exactly, so a little more make up water or a little more boiling. Higher gravities have lower extraction efficiency, you should do fine up to 6% final target.

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i only have an 8 gallon stock pot and i am attempting to do a BIAB all grain 5 gallon batch.
BTW, I built a 1500W 120V heatstick to help my anemic electric range. The stick itself is enough for 3 gallon batches, which is nice for one case of 12 oz and I can brew anywhere.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:03 PM   #1857
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That is the same as my equipment for BIAB 5 gal batches. I use make-up water and dunk sparges. I try to make up the volume with the water from the sparges and usually do not hit it exactly, so a little more make up water or a little more boiling. Higher gravities have lower extraction efficiency, you should do fine up to 6% final target.



BTW, I built a 1500W 120V heatstick to help my anemic electric range. The stick itself is enough for 3 gallon batches, which is nice for one case of 12 oz and I can brew anywhere.

Gotpics of that? Would like to see.

 
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:03 PM   #1858
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That is the same as my equipment for BIAB 5 gal batches. I use make-up water and dunk sparges. I try to make up the volume with the water from the sparges and usually do not hit it exactly, so a little more make up water or a little more boiling. Higher gravities have lower extraction efficiency, you should do fine up to 6% final target.



BTW, I built a 1500W 120V heatstick to help my anemic electric range. The stick itself is enough for 3 gallon batches, which is nice for one case of 12 oz and I can brew anywhere.

Got pics of that pot setup? Would like to see.

 
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:34 PM   #1859
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Ok let me throw in a monkey wrench. Could I buy one of those curtains you guys are making the bag out of and line my plastic cooler mash tun on top of the PVC filter that I already have in there? Best if both worlds? Put in full boil water volume. Could still sparge if you wanted to. Don't have to be concerned about burning the bag. Clean up still kinda easier. Would this work? Thoughts?


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Old 09-25-2014, 05:53 PM   #1860
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Ok let me throw in a monkey wrench. Could I buy one of those curtains you guys are making the bag out of and line my plastic cooler mash tun on top of the PVC filter that I already have in there? Best if both worlds? Put in full boil water volume. Could still sparge if you wanted to. Don't have to be concerned about burning the bag. Clean up still kinda easier. Would this work? Thoughts?


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It will work well. If you ever get a stuck sparge, just lift the bag. You'll like it.



 
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