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I BIAB 398 37.41%
I use a 3 vessel system 413 38.82%
I don't brew all-grain, I'm an extract brewer 115 10.81%
What's BIAB? 26 2.44%
I use a system that doesn't fit into the other categories 112 10.53%
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:19 AM   #91
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With one toddler running around and another baby coming soon I have started doing some BIAB 2-3 gallon sessions on my stove top so I can be inside and save some time in the brewing. I still plan to use my mashtuns when I go to larger size batches or higher gravity beers. I don't think BIAB is necessarily better or worse than the traditional all grain method I learned 2 years ago, it is just an alternative for me to use when I want to save time or make smaller sized batches.


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Old 04-20-2012, 02:24 AM   #92
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I ran a 3 vessel keggle setup, until my eBIAB. It's now collecting dust. I will still use it but prefer the bag.


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Old 04-21-2012, 01:16 AM   #93
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I ran a 3 vessel keggle setup, until my eBIAB. It's now collecting dust. I will still use it but prefer the bag.
I had a 3V rig for years and sold it. I'm building a modified electric BIAB rig now and can't wait to get it into operation. I had several reasons to make the change and it should make the brewday shorter and much easier in my particular case. I enjoy building the equipment as much as brewing / drinking and it's always a process that get tweaked along the way..... Whatever works for whomever works it I suppose!
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:36 PM   #94
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I am at a point in my life where time is really of the essence. I'm sure everyone here with kids can empathize with me about keeping up with all of "their" activities. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. That said, I have been brewing long enough to have accumulated quite a bit of equipment. The biggest change I have made, lately, was to go from fly sparging to batch sparging. It hasn't really saved me a huge amount of time, but it made my brew days run smoother. Just less to keep up with - I'm not a great multi-tasker. I have to admit, though, BIAB certainly looks easy enough. I just doubt I'll ever really do it since I do have so many pots, etc. If I'm really pressed for time, I like to squeeze out a quick extract beer.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:02 AM   #95
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Why would I BIAB? Only reasons I can see is if space is a limitation.

Additional equipment for a mash tun vs BIAB cost me $10 plus an old cooler I had laying around. I think $10 is worth it for increased temperature stability during the mash... also the process on brew day, BIAB vs 3 vessel system isn't any more complicated. In fact I think its a little easier (I have brewed both ways). There isn't really any additional cleanup time in 3 vessel because I manage to get it all done during the boil anyway. So if it doesn't cost me a significant amount of time or money to go to a more controllable system why wouldn't I?
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:12 AM   #96
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Why would I BIAB? Only reasons I can see is if space is a limitation.

Additional equipment for a mash tun vs BIAB cost me $10 plus an old cooler I had laying around. I think $10 is worth it for increased temperature stability during the mash... also the process on brew day, BIAB vs 3 vessel system isn't any more complicated. In fact I think its a little easier (I have brewed both ways). There isn't really any additional cleanup time in 3 vessel because I manage to get it all done during the boil anyway. So if it doesn't cost me a significant amount of time or money to go to a more controllable system why wouldn't I?
Ive used both a cooler and my BK with a bag to mash and I seem to hold my temps a lot better in the BK .... I just stick it in the oven set on low and my temp holds all the way thru the mash .... everybodys experience with biab is different I guess but for me its just easier than a cooler tun.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #97
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I just read all of this.

I saw no one push back on the lack of efficiency claim with BIAB.
I triple grind all my grain with my barley crusher.
I have to adjust the recipes listed here DOWN because I figure my efficiency at 89% and have hit my numbers spot on with my last 5 batches.
I use tastybrew calculator.
I get clear beer and the usual amount of trub in the fermenter.

Here is my first brew -
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/1st-...s-biab-291598/

As a few others stated.... going to an EBIAB setup soon with a pump... it will be awesome. Will be able to nail the mash temps for the whole mash cycle and not even have to look at it for an hour.
That is time saved.

thanks Kevin
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:53 PM   #98
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Ya know, everything you cite as a benefit for BIAB I get with batch sparging.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:06 PM   #99
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Ya know, everything you cite as a benefit for BIAB I get with batch sparging.
I think that is the whole point, BIAB gets the same results as a 3 vessel system.
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To me, BIAB is a no sparge system with a giant removable false bottom. With proper setup you can heat and recirc a BIAB system, with heating capability you could do a very successful decoction also.

If you are a 2 or 3 tier brewer that prefers to sparge then a BIAB system just doesn't meet that requirement, you could argue sparge vs no sparge, but that's not the point here.

So I guess ONE answer to the question of why everybody doesn't BIAB; is because those that want to sparge can't do it with a BIAB system....at least without incorporating additional vessels and heating methods.


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