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Old 12-27-2011, 11:17 PM   #1
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Hey all got some new toys for xmas to finally get this hobby off the ground but I need a little advice. I got a 30 qt Turkey Fryer kit so I can move into the AG world. I am looking at going BIAB. Will the 30 qt or 7.5 gallon pot be enough space for 5 gallons of BIAB or should I just get a MT put together instead? Also I would like to add a weldless value to the Pot so is it cheaper to buy a kit or build it myself?

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Old 12-27-2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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30 qt = 7.5 gallons

i regularly brew with this exact setup. I don't use BIAB but you should still be ok. as far as building/buying a MT I would say yes to that. if done properly can do wonders for your brew efficiency.

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:39 PM   #3
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+1 i use a 7.5 turkey fryer for a boil kettle and built a mashtun out of a 52qt cooler. Love it!

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:45 PM   #4
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From my reading 7.5 gallon would be a bit small. You need to consider that you will have 5 gallons plus boil off water and then water that will be absorbed by grain= about 7.5 gallons depending on grain. Then you also have the grain in the pot. I would look in the AG posts or search for BIAB. There is a good sticky on on in AG.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:43 AM   #5
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I BIAB and I do use a 7.5gal pot to mash in. I sparge in another pot (or previously, I put my first runnings in another pot and sparged back in the BK) then combine the first runnings and the sparge and boil. For a normalish gravity beer, my preboil is usually around 6.75 gallons, so it's tight, but with fermcap and close attention, I can avoid boilovers.

I highly recommend the turkey fryer BIAB method for no-frills dirt cheap all-grain brewing. I don't think I'll upgrade for a very long time.
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