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As a 5+ gallon BIAB'er, I guess I'll 'weigh in' here . The largest dry grain bill I've done was for an IIPA and weighed in at about 19 lb. I don't use a hoist or pulley, but can lift the bag by hand to drain a few minutes before dropping it into a perforated nested bucket arrangement to finish draining. I can drop another bucket on top of that, plunk my fat butt down, and voila!: Instant grain press. I can also use the same bucket setup to batch sparge before pressing by holding back a gallon or so of my total mash water to pour over the bag.

Three buckets are cleaned in about a minute by a quick hose rinse, no other grain mess since all the grain is still in the bag. Cleaning the grain bag takes about two minutes after dumping.

I had originally looked long and hard at building a 3V system, then discovered BIAB. At this point, unless I go beyond 10 gallon batches, I can't see doing anything other than BIAB.

Equipment and Software / Re: another burner recommendation thread
« on: November 14, 2014, 06:33:21 PM »
Blichmann is worth the money, built like a tank and stainless doesn't rust. Sips gas and heats fast. Spend the extra for the leg extensions, it makes brew day much easier on the back.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:52:54 PM »
I have a 10 lb aluminum tank which I use for carbing and dispensing kegs, racking beer out of the fermentor, and purging bottles for gifts and competition entries.  It lasts me about 6 months between fills, and the LHBS charges $20 to fill it.

Unforunately, it needs a hydro test before its next fill.  I'm not even sure where I can get that done around here or whether I'll be able to keep the same tank.

Look up companies that advertize as "Carbonics" dealers.  They may cater to beverage companies, restaurants, medical facilities or whatever but they do tank certs everyday.  You can also look up fire equipment companies or dive shops.  Welding supply companies are good options too (lots of different gases available and most can do certs or at least direct you to someone who can).


If you don't mind a tank swap instead of a refill, most industrial and restaurant suppliers will take your expired empty tank and swap for a current cert full tank at no upcharge. They recert their own tanks all the time, and consider it the cost of business. Once you've got their tank you can get it filled anywhere you like. I've replaced two expired tanks that way, one time they even took an expired 2.5 tank that I got for free and gave me a 5lb in exchange.

If it's the dual body regulator, with three gauges and two knobs, the regulator closest to the CO2 tank should be set to the higher of the two pressures.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:50:54 PM »
Two fivers here. One in the two tap kegerator, the other dedicated for beer gun use, fast force carbing and as a backup for the other.

Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:38:27 PM »
Wow, gotta get some of this for an Irish Red....

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg hopping frustration
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:37:41 PM »
+1 to the fine mesh bag. I used a muslin bag in the keg on my last brew (in a hurry) and had little floating particles throughout the entire keg that never settled out. No bad taste, just interesting to watch in the glass.

As far as tying off, I drop a few sanitized marbles in the bag and use plain unwaxed dental floss to come up through the seal. Put a little dab of keg lube on the o-ring at the exit point, no fussing with getting a good seal.

I have dry hopped in both primary and keg without any issues regarding taste. I am going to be experimenting with hop oils on my next batch of IPA.

Ingredients / Re: Storage of Grain
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:38:43 PM »
5 gallon food grade buckets from Lowe's with Gamma Seal lids, two can handle a 50 lb sack of base malt. Both Lowe's and Home Depot carry food grade buckets and Gamma lids cheaper than Amazon, surprisingly enough. All other malts vacuum sealed, same for my bulk hops.

Ingredients / Re: Your Grain Inventory?
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:32:59 PM »
Currently have half a sack of two row left, need to pick up a sack of MO as well. 20 lb each of GP, wheat and pilsner. About fifteen various specialty grains in 2-4 lb increments, I pick up a few every time I go to the LHBS. Everything but the two row is vacuum sealed and resealed after each use, so thinking they should keep for quite a while without degrading.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: how to keep beer lines cold in a keg tower
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:20:32 PM »
When I first built my kegerator I tried running the lines through individual copper pipes that had an ID that matched the OD of the hoses, they extended all the way from the top of the tower to the bottom of the kegerator. They didn't do a very good job of passive cooling, so I built the fan box shown in my kegerator below. That hose goes all the way up to the top of the tower and constantly blows a low stream of cold air to keep the lines the same temp as the kegerator. USB powered speed controlled fan wired to a old phone charger.

You could do a similar arrangement, but use a large piece of PVC to fill the gap between the top of your fridge and the bottom of your tower.

Equipment and Software / Re: Speidel Fermenter
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:30:24 PM »
Not that I know of.

Ingredients / Re: SWMBO Porter
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:28:06 PM »
How about a recipe, sounds delish.

Ingredients / Re: Clarity Ferm testing
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:43:13 PM »
Basic Brewing Radio covered this well in their last episode, with both Chris Colby and the professor who conducted the experiments. Worth listening to.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Fine before or after dry hopping?
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:53:52 PM »
No, you're thinking Smell my Finger by the Sex Pistols

No, pretty sure it was Sniff The Glove by Spinal Tap.

Speaking of which, this is one of the best six-pack carriers I've seen in a while:

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