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Old 08-25-2011, 04:57 PM   #11
May 2009
Los Angeles
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Originally Posted by TopherM View Post
You can easily compensate for this a few ways:

1) Take a day to boil a full volume of water for an hour to measure the boiloff rate for your pot, you'll no longer add extra water and your efficiency will go up.

2) If you boil with the lid on, take the lid off and that'll increase your efficiency a few points as well.

3) Just add an extra 30 minutes to your boil. More water boiloff, higher efficiency.
I am pretty sure you misunderstood the post you are responding to.

Also for #2 you should NEVER boil with the lid on unless you want DMS.

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Old 08-25-2011, 05:31 PM   #12
Jan 2011
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Yeah... my pot is too small to add anymore to and I don't use a lid as I'm well aware of what it'll do.

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Old 08-29-2011, 02:31 PM   #13
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I boil with the lid on but leave a crack to let the steam out and prevnet boil overs. I have also read over deathbrewers AG brewing instructions, Im just worried that pots that big wont do too well on my electric stove top.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:40 AM   #14
Jul 2010
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Originally Posted by taa800 View Post
I also did a 2.5 gallon batch in a 5.5 gallon brewpot. I didn't do a sparge and got about 65% efficiency, which I didn't think was too bad for the first time I did this. I don't think I could do BIAB for a 5 gallon batch on my electric stove.
The batch I did was a Spotted Cow clone and was one of the best beers I've brewed.

Do you mind sharing your spotted cow biab receipt?

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Old 12-22-2011, 11:40 AM   #15
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Stovetop is no issue for AG...I do all my batches this way. Understanding your boiloff rate is paramount. You should definitely run a couple of trials using a few different settings on your stove (high vs. 9 or 8). I get a great rolling boil at 8 on my stove if I bring it to a boil using the high setting. It allows me to do 90 minute boils for 1 gallon batches.

I don't use a bag so I have a fine mesh colander and three dedicated pots (12 qt and 2 10 qt). Sparging takes a while...but results are fantastic.

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Old 12-22-2011, 12:47 PM   #16
Jan 2011
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I do three gallon batches in my five gallon pot. I use my priming bucket for a dunk sparge and wring the heck out of the grain bag. Go to home depot and get a paint straining bag. It works great. Stove top all the way. I am up to about ten lbs of grain and drifting up to 75% efficiency.

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Old 12-22-2011, 10:12 PM   #17
Jun 2010
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Originally Posted by grunewaldj View Post
Do you mind sharing your spotted cow biab receipt?
Here's what I did. Remember, this is for a 2.5 gallon batch.

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size (fermenter): 2.50 gal
Boil Size: 3.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 2.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 5.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 38.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name
3 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
1 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
4.0 oz Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM)
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)
1.00 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min
1.0 pkg Kolsch Yeast (Wyeast Labs #2565)
0.50 oz Brewer's Gold [9.40 %] - Boil 45.0 min
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 60.0 mins)

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Old 12-22-2011, 11:06 PM   #18
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Check out this thread,

I was thinking that an Induction cook-top would make a great BIAB system. You would have to get an induction ready pot, but induction cook tops are very efficient for delivering heat because they create a magnetic curent that causes ferrous metals to heat up, meaning that not just the bottom of the pot is conducting heat, but up the sides of the kettle inside the magnetic field will be hot . The OP states they are using this for 5 gallon batches. It might be a good option.

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