buy the grain already crushed ... read deathbrewers stove top brewing post ... good luckSo if i decided to do the paint strainer bag for the grain what would be the difference from extract brewing?
Sorry if this is an obvious answer.
Also I've been looking up videos and what not about all this and i've noticed people grind their barely before the mash. I usually just crack it then steep. Would I have to grind it? and would a blender work?
Also, check and see if your LHBS is having a brewing demo. I went to one. Lot's of good info, tips and tricks.aside from reading, reading, watching videos, reading... I would hop on down to the state forums and see if there isn't an AG brewer in your area that wouldn't mind you sitting in on a session.
Seeing it first hand answers ALL questions.
Was it from the cooking store on State St. in Montpelier?Check out Dennybrew.com. He has a clear one page step by step explanation with photos. I would get a cooler mashtun again and a ball valve from a kit (I made 10 trips to the hardware store).
Get a good waterproof themometer from a cooking store (I got a taylor digital for $15).
+1To me, sparging BIBA is keeping it simple. Squeezing a hot bulky bag of grains was too sticky and tedious. Pouring hot water over it to extract all the sugars and simultaneously reach preboil volume required little effort and maximum sugar extraction IMO & experience. The runnings tend to begin clearing by the time I finish. Each to their own though, thus the beauty of home brewing.