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Old 12-27-2012, 02:33 AM   #11
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Congrats on the new kit! Sounds like you are all set for great things.

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drop in a paint strainet bag and dump in your 12 pounds of mixed crushed grains
I am also a newbie, have done only 3 BIAB, and read much about it. A 5 gallon paint strainer bag may be too small for 12 lbs. You can do it and it will be beer. I used a 5 gal strainer on a 6 lb grain bill. The grain was packed tightly and the efficiency suffered. (My first batch. A little low on the ABV, but damn, it smells and tastes wonderful.)

Experienced BIABaggers (I have read) mention the grain should have lots of room to swim around and the bag should be large enough to fit around your kettle. I sewed a larger bag from a voile curtain. You can search the forums for online sources.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:38 AM   #12
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hey everyone, i have been using Brewers Best kits for a while, and want to try brewing a light beer from scratch. i normally drink American light (coors light, miller lite, bud light) want to try all grain next.

Trying to stay away from the kits and do this stuff for real. is there anyone that i can chat with around Pittsburgh Area that can help? let me know.

i would like to make another brew in the next month.

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #13
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Congrats on the new kit! Sounds like you are all set for great things.



I am also a newbie, have done only 3 BIAB, and read much about it. A 5 gallon paint strainer bag may be too small for 12 lbs. You can do it and it will be beer. I used a 5 gal strainer on a 6 lb grain bill. The grain was packed tightly and the efficiency suffered. (My first batch. A little low on the ABV, but damn, it smells and tastes wonderful.)

Experienced BIABaggers (I have read) mention the grain should have lots of room to swim around and the bag should be large enough to fit around your kettle. I sewed a larger bag from a voile curtain. You can search the forums for online sources.
You may have accidentally gotten a 3 gallon strainer bag. My 5 gallon bags fit in my turkey fryer (30 qt) and reach nearly to the bottom. Even a 14 pound grain batch comes out looking like a thin porridge when I stir them in.

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #14
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Quick question...what would you suggest the average grain bill for my new setup would be? I was thinking 10 lbs. Is that too much?
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:38 AM   #15
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I would think 10 lbs would be just about right

you could go up to 12 lbs @1 qts per gallon strike would be 3 gallons and fill 4.87 gallons of your MLT with the grain

follow that link in my first reply for more info on how big a mash tun should be. more information and detailed explanations further into the thread
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:26 AM   #16
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Since I do not have a "False Bottom" and I am having a hard time finding a large enough bag to put the grains in, will a paint strainer from Lowe's or Menards suffice?
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:29 AM   #17
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Since I do not have a "False Bottom" and I am having a hard time finding a large enough bag to put the grains in, will a paint strainer from Lowe's or Menards suffice?
2-pack, 5 gallon size

$3 and you be brewin'
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:24 PM   #18
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Got a 3 gallon pot for Christmas, so I too am looking at extract with specialty biab partial boil. Plan to work on aquiring the gear to go all grain labour day weekend, drinking my first all grain beer Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Can anybody hook me up with a thread laying out the steeping specialty grains method?
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:01 PM   #19
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Can anybody hook me up with a thread laying out the steeping specialty grains method?
it's very very very easy

heat 2 gallons of water, 155 is recommended, but heat your water a couple above your target, to account for the temp difference between the water & your grains.

throw in your grains, let them soak for 30 minutes.

pull the bag out and let it drain into your boil kettle (you can squeeze the bag a little).

if you're short on your pre-boil volume, you can heat up the water needed and pour that over the grains in the bag into the boil kettle.

proceed with boil
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:19 PM   #20
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it's very very very easy

heat 2 gallons of water, 155 is recommended, but heat your water a couple above your target, to account for the temp difference between the water & your grains.

throw in your grains, let them soak for 30 minutes.

pull the bag out and let it drain into your boil kettle (you can squeeze the bag a little).

if you're short on your pre-boil volume, you can heat up the water needed and pour that over the grains in the bag into the boil kettle.

proceed with boil
Thanks!

I'm not a good searcher. I've been trying different search terms for a week and keep coming up with the same threads that didn't tell me what I wanted to know.
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