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Old 03-25-2011, 02:11 AM   #1
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I am honestly wondering why BIAB? I have been a rubbermaid cooler all-grain brewer for a few years now. I never heard of BIAB before I bought the coolers. But reading the sticky (which looks new) I just can't help but think that for the cost of that fancy Blichmann kettle you coulda got a basic cooler setup.

So why BIAB?


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Old 03-25-2011, 02:14 AM   #2
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What is BIAB?


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Old 03-25-2011, 02:16 AM   #3
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Well, personally I don't have a fancy Blichmann kettle. I have the 4 gal pot I've always had as an extract brewer.

So 5 bucks for 2 paint strainer bags is much cheaper than 50 bucks for a cooler.
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looking forward to an answer to this question
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What is BIAB?
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:22 AM   #6
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I was just reading somewhere that this person chooses to BIAB because he/she thought there would be less clean-up, which makes sense.
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Biggest reason for me was i wanted to start brewing all grain without investing a lot of time and money for equipment. I've done 6-8 batches now and i think the process is fine. It would probably be a touch easier on brew day to go the traditional route with a MLT, but i just haven't felt like investing time and funds to build one. So I'll probably stick with BIAB for a while b/c it makes good beer. And no stuck sparges!
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For me it was an easy and cheap way to go all grain without buying more equipment than I already had. Cleanup is a cinch since you are only dealing with one vessel.
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I just did my first BIAB last weekend (Centennial Blond) and it was very easy to do. I use a cut down 15 gal beer keg for my brew pot.
The main reason I went Biab route was I had the brew pot and the only other thing I needed was the bag. Less than $10 for the voile fabric (made 2 bags) and I was ready to go.
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Less equipment. Simple set-up. Less space. It works. Although, I think the number one reason people BIAB is simply because they want to. Isn't that the common thread with all of the madness on this site?


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