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Old 05-11-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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What I'm hoping will be my first successful AG/BIAB has started! Waiting for the water to climb to mash temps right now. Big day for me, first time brewing with my new blichmann, new chiller, grain bag from CustomBIAB, and first brew in my new home! Let you guys know how it went and add pics later!


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Old 05-11-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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Congrats and good luck..


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Old 05-11-2012, 03:44 PM   #3
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From 60*F to mash temps in 28 minutes. Forgot to start timing my mash, only about 10 minutes. So I'll mash for an extra 15 to be sure. Having trouble holding temps. It will drop to 150* and I light the burner and bob the bag up and down to "stir", let it climb to 154* and shut it off again.
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best of luck brah
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Good luck! Don't freak out if it doesn't go as planned. Sounds like you have a lot of new variables to contend with.

How do you like the Blichmann? And what did you upgrade from?
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I upgraded from a 32 quart turkey fryer, though I only made one AG attempt with that setup.. I LOVE the blichmann. People say there are better pots out there price wise, maybe so. If I was planning a 3 vessel setup I wouldn't hesitate to buy 3 blichmanns.
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Don't worry about the mash fluctuating. Just make sure it doesn't go too high or low. Are you on a stove top? Try keeping the burner on low and move the pot off the burner some until it seems to hold constant temp.

Either way as long as you don't climb into the 160's you shouldn't denature any enzymes.
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Don't worry about the mash fluctuating. Just make sure it doesn't go too high or low. Are you on a stove top? Try keeping the burner on low and move the pot off the burner some until it seems to hold constant temp.

Either way as long as you don't climb into the 160's you shouldn't denature any enzymes.
Thanks! I'm on a propane turkey fryer, temps didn't drop below 150* or above 155*. Mash went smooth, just added my 60 minute hop addition!
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Done! Everything went smooth! I ended it with 5.5 gallons into the fermenter just like I aimed for. Chiller worked great. Ended up with an OG of 1.054, an efficiency of 78%. I'd call that a success!

I used a vial of California ale yeast, no starter. Only hiccup of the whole process was the vial kinda popped in my hand as i opened it and yeast spilled out (into fermenter). Overall fun day, setup to clean up 4.5hrs.

BTW anyone looking for a good voille bag for BIAB, get ahold of CustomBIAB. Awesome bag. There hand sewn to fit ANY pot, with drawstring and nylon webbing w/ 4 handles. Company name embroidered into the webbing. For ~$30 shipped, probably my best brewing purchase. Can't say enough good things about it!
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Excellent. Sounds like a roaring success. You have made beer.


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