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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beginner questions. . .
« on: March 19, 2010, 11:02:07 AM »
Probably some of the best info around is in John Palmer's "How to Brew".  There's an online copy of the first edition at, but I really recommend you buy the 3rd edition.

++1 I would suggest that you read all you can about brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BIAB
« on: March 16, 2010, 10:59:31 AM »
Seems a little unwieldy to me. That's my main concern- deadlifting a steaming hot ball of grain out of scalding wort at arm's length like a humongous tea-bag.  :o

A hoist comes to mind.

Dbbfrewing, do you think it is worth doing on a regular basis?

This was the 1st time I did it, so I plan on using the BIAB method again. Our club has a group brew on the 27th so I plan on trying this again and see how it works again. I never touched the hot part of the bag just the top( it was the largest grain bag that the LHBS has like 18" X 32") and had the mash spoon under it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BIAB
« on: March 16, 2010, 12:53:37 AM »
How difficult is it to lift this bag out of the wort? How big of a batch?

I did a 6 gallon batch with 16# of grain and it was not bad getting the bag out of the keggle but it was a little messy, so once I got the bag out I let it drain into a 5 gallon bucket and then put the wort back into the brew pot. The only other difficult part of this was making sure all the grain was wet and no dough balls, it is alittle hard to tell if there is any dry spots.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BIAB
« on: March 14, 2010, 06:24:03 PM »
Well I over shot my pre boil volume by 1  1/2 gallons so I had to do a 2 hour boil, but man is is alot easier than using the MT and HLT and transfering all the liquid around. So now on my next batch I will adjust my water by about 1 1/2 gallons, I  thought that I accounted for the dead space in the MT and grain absorption(it was a lot less because you let the bag drain) but I guess I didn't. 

General Homebrew Discussion / BIAB
« on: March 14, 2010, 03:58:21 PM »
I am trying the Brew in a Bag for the 1st time, brewing up a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. I am an all grain brewer and brew on a 3 tier setup but it is a pain to take to our clubs group brews so I thought that I would give the BIAB a chance and see how it goes using just my keggle, and if it works out I will cut down on all the crap I have to lug to the group brew days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch size
« on: February 27, 2010, 01:02:00 PM »
I brew 11 gallon batches, I can't brew as often as I would like, so I like to have the extra keg of beer avallable.

Brewing 10 gallons of Ed Wort"s Pale Ale at our homebrew clubs group brew on Saturday.


Homebrew Competitions / Re: BABBLE Brew-Off 2010
« on: February 21, 2010, 05:32:18 PM »
I entered 2 beers, a Snow Storm Oatmeal Stout and Dave's Octoberfest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 1/22
« on: January 23, 2010, 03:45:43 AM »
Brewing an ESB tomorrow, my brew club(MASH) is having a group brew.

Homebrew Competitions / Wizard of Saaz?
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:58:48 AM »
Does anyone know when they are going to post the results of the Wizard of Saaz Homebrew competition that was on Saturday January 16th?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning
« on: January 16, 2010, 04:21:53 AM »
OxyClean, StarSan, and Barkeeper's Friend

Same here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Hotel Nearly Full
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:48:30 AM »
I got my room and ordered my ticket today.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Prize Giveaway Contest
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:40:53 AM »
Thanks I just filled out the form.

All Grain Brewing / Re: No Pants Brewing
« on: January 03, 2010, 05:08:31 AM »
I plan my brew day and print out my recipe from beersmith and stick to it and keep notes if I don't hit a temp or something else changes.

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