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View Poll Results: Basket or No Basket for Recirculating eBIAB?
I use the stock basket. 15 41.67%
I modified the stock basket. 8 22.22%
I constructed a basket. 1 2.78%
I don't bother with a basket and just use the bag. 12 33.33%
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #11
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I didn't vote, but thought I'd add my two cents anyway.

I used to use a basket (without recirculating) and have lately just been using the bag. I have been more consistent as far as efficiency goes (not sure why) without a basket. I was about to get a pump and controller to do the whole recirculation thing because I was having trouble maintaining the mash temp for 90 minutes. I ultimately decided that simpler was better and just went down to a 60 minute mash, which hurts my efficiency slightly, but my beers are turning out much more in line with what I intend as far as FG goes (seems like the thin mash for 90 minutes was just a bit too fermentable and my beers were often lacking body/tasting thin). I still direct fire without the basket, I just hold the bag up when adding heat to maintain mash temp or for mashout.

When I was doing 10 gallon BIAB batches a basket made things much easier on my back...but I mostly do 5 gallon batches these days.

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Old 11-30-2012, 03:01 AM   #12
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I don't use a basket right now with my propane setup. When I convert to electric I plan to chop up my basket and make a guard out of it so the bag doesn't rest on the element.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:12 PM   #13
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I have an eBIAB setup in my keggle, so no basket for me.. Has anyone found one that works well in a keggle? i cant imagine fitting a basket in a keggle on top of heating elements without 12g of water in there or so.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by jeffmeh View Post

I'm on propane, use a bag with no basket, have a circular cooling rack on the bottom to keep the bag from direct contact, and do not recirculate.
Propane still as well. Trying to work out exactly what I want and need on a eBIAB system.

I do the same thing as you but with a steamer rack to keep bag off the bottom of the pot. I haven't measured, but I would say it keeps it about 4 inches off of the bottom.

I can not use my chugger pump at full throttle as it will drain it from the bottom to fast.

I have been using a spring clamp to slow it down.

Very ghetto I know, but it works.

I now have a ball valve on the out put of the pump to further control things better, but haven't brewed with it yet.

I want to use a basket as I think it will make things easier and cleaner (less spilling etc).

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:40 AM   #15
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I love the basket, it works great and is useful. Plus less stress on the bag!

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