Originally Posted by C-Rider
I've been BAIBing for about a year and tried sparging. Ya know it ain't worth the effort or time. I just did one today and got 80% eff so who needs to sparge?
I also get good efficiency with BIAB. I am switching for a couple reasons.
First, I recently brewed a batch of high gravity beer with BIAB. I reached the limit of my equipment with 20 lbs of grain in an 8.5 gallon pot. It was total pain in the a$$ and a giant mess. I got 78% efficiency, but sparging with 20 lbs of grain was not a lot of fun. I also question the quality of the wort I produced due to mash:water ratio, temp control, HSA, and other factors.
I have also had a lot of trouble controling mash temps. I have an alumium pot. A blanket over the pot isn't giving me the control I really need. I am forced to add heat during mash. When I add heat, sometimes I overshoot and then need to add ice cubes. This is especially challenging when I have a lot of grains.
I could solve the problem by upgrading to an insulated keggle. However, the reason I started BIAB was I wanted to keep it cheap and simple. Building an MLT only costs about $60 and solves my mash temp problem. Batch sparging is also very simple. It also allows me to keep brewing in my kitchen. Finally, I can keep it super simple by doing a no sparge in my 13 gallon cooler.
My 2 cents.