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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB efficiency
« on: December 22, 2012, 05:09:53 AM »
Normally I get about 80% efficiency but it depends on how much grain is in the mash.  Every system has it's limits.  For details see this:

My pH normally comes in about 5.2-5.8 and I adjust to 5.2-5.4 with lactic acid.
This is a simple equation for lactic acid:

The vessel I use is a 16 qt pressure caner and it holds heat very well.  A strainer or oven rack on top makes sparging very simple. 

BIAB is the easiest way to make all grain beer that I have tried.  Especially for batches under 10 lbs of grain.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: An alternative to starters
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:12:05 AM »

You guys bring up some good points.  I have edited the blog post a little incorporating your thoughts.  Thanks!

I didn't realize that Kai had done an article on this technique and that it is a German method.  I guess nothing is new.

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