Originally Posted by Beavdowg
How much do you think you spent on making your own eBIAB system, minus the controller aspect? I'm contemplating copying the High Gravity system but am also considering just buying theirs as it would be simpler.
The cost of the kettle with element installed totaled about $230
Here is a breakdown of the significant items:
Stock pot with basket $145
Water heater element $23
Dryer cord $10
weldless bulkhead with valve $30
electrical box and misc. items to attach element to pot $15
You could probably save $20-$30 by shopping around in a big discount place but I live in a small town so it is either internet or my local Ace hardware.
You will also need a 1.25" knockout punch which cost me $77 that I intent to sell one of these days (should get back 75% of the cost). The knockout punch is not the typical size that electricians use for 1.25" conduit so beware and order the correct part.
Additionally you will need a drill and bit for hard steel as well as a step drill bit to drill through the kettle to install the bulkhead.
It takes some time to assemble this but I like to make things. Dealing with the kettle and element only took a couple hrs making the controller took a lot of extra time because I am not real comfortable with electricity.
If you are concerned with $ a deal breaker is whether or not you have a 30 amp 240V circuit available. I did but I ended up making a couple of major extension cords to allow me to brew where I really wanted to.
The bag cost $35, it is tapered so it drains perfectly into the pot and it is really well reinforced.
For BIAB using an electric kettle the steaming basket that comes with the Bayou Classic is awesome because you can install the element below the basket and the bag never gets near the element. The 62 qt kettle is the largest one that Bayou Classic makes with a steaming basket elevated above the bottom of the pot.
If you have additional questions let me know you will get a quicker response if you email me directly [email protected]