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Old 09-03-2011, 03:26 AM   #1
Aug 2011
Colorado Springs, CO
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I need to start off by saying that I am cheap! I have been brewing partial mash for years. But, I have wanted to improve my brew by going all grain. But my perceived complexity of the process and equipment requirements have always stopped me. Also, remember I am cheap, equipment costs more money!

So, I have a basic question related to BIAB. I was able to get a turkey fryer with a basket from Sams. It is a 36 quart fryer. The BTUs are adequate to get a boil. But, I am not sure that 36 quarts is large enough for a 5 gallon batch of beer.

Is 36 quarts large enough, or should I return the fryer and keep brewing partial mash until I find a bigger pot???

Thanks for any info that will help me get started on BIAB.

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Old 09-03-2011, 03:36 AM   #2
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36 qts is 9 gallons, so yes, it should be plenty, as most people do 5g in 28-30 qt pots.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:02 AM   #3
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Hell yeah it's big enough! Also, since it's the end of summer, see what you can do to pick up parts to build yourself a mash tun.

I am not the most mechanically inclined human on these forums, but I can do simple stuff like oh... brew beer, knit a scarf, put together Ikea furniture, do basic home repairs, and I built a mash tun!

BIAB is a GREAT place to start, but lifting a bag of heavy wet grains and waiting for the drip drip drip gets old. You could probably pick up a 10 gallon water cooler on sale at your local home improvement store, and the hardware isn't too hard to come by either.

Really... it's a lot easier than it seems and will make your AG experience seem SO much easier!
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:31 AM   #4
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I did my last BIAB in a 36 qt pot and it worked out fine. However, I did a batch sparge in 2 gal after using 6.5 gal for the mash. I have to tell you that if you are making a high gravity brew, the amount of grain you need and the amount of water lost to the grain makes for a lot of volume. Mine was a 8% IPA. The sparge was to avoid too much volume. So, for a full volume mash, 10 gal is better . All that said, I am working with a 7 gal and a 5 gal pot and I make it work. Looking for a nice 10 gal stainless pot for the future. Or, I might convert the keg I have sitting in the garage.

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Old 09-03-2011, 04:45 AM   #5
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I run a 40 but 36 is plenty big. put a $20 weldless drain valve on there and you'll be gold
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