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by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 202
Views: 50943

Well done housecat, congratulations! :salute:
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Intermediate Brewing
Topic: Excellent BIAB Video
Replies: 16
Views: 5511

Seriously I think it could definitely be of benefit to brewers doing Maxi-BIAB with the sparge step. Yes BB, that's my thought too. The extra litre or two of wort makes Maxi-BIAB much more worthwhile (as opposed to pointless) particularly if the stuff gained is the strong stuff. However, pressing t...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: New to BIAB needing help with allgrain recipe and volumes
Replies: 25
Views: 4583

Hey there Lars, yeah, go with generous insulation is my advice. As per Yeasty's post, if you can pre- heat it then even better. I pre- heat mostly in winter, lose only a degree C over my usual 90 minute mash and often less. This is easy to achieve if you over- heat your strike water by a couple of d...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 202
Views: 50943

Thanks Yeasty, I have to say I'm amazed at what happened this year, considering I've never won a single medal before (came to within 0.25 of a point though!) it was quite a surprise for each beer to land one! :drink:
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 202
Views: 50943

Beachbum is being a tad modest, that Pilsner/ Lager trophy is an enormous landmark for both himself and for BIABers everywhere, not to mention the great big swag of medals! :champ: A maximum of six beers are permitted in the BABB Annual Competition, I was quite pleased with the six I entered, every ...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: Birthday Cheers
Replies: 667
Views: 102071

Thanks PP! It is the day I decide which beers go in QABC, so there's a few samples to test! :drink:

Pony express was delayed, my card and present must be arriving next week! ;)
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8188
Views: 633873

Your french is not so bad! Quite easy to understand, that's the main point ! ;) I'll brew my next beer in a few weeks I think, I think I'll take some pictures to show you ! Maybe I'll post my recipe and the way I brew before, so you could give me some advice :) Glad to be your first French member !...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: My First Post! - Post here to become Fully Registered
Replies: 8188
Views: 633873

Bonjour Optalix! Certainement, vous obtiendrez quelque valeur ici! BIAB devrait bien vous servir, rend la bière excellente avec facilité, mais n'hésitez pas à demander si vous avez des questions. Nous parler de votre bière de Noël? (Désolé, je ne parle pas beaucoup français, mais j'essaie... :scratc...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Stove-top BIAB (also known as Mini-BIAB)
Topic: Your Feedback and Questions on A Guide to Mini-BIAB
Replies: 32
Views: 16417

Cheers cipher, glad to hear you've got it underway! :thumbs:

Wow, your 2nd ever batch was an all- grain? I'm still in awe! :salute:

Sigh... home- made pizza... :dream:
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Use this thread to convert recipes to suit your equipment...
Replies: 2266
Views: 385242

Hi Andy, what you're doing by halving the recipe's grainbill sounds perfect to me, well done! You will also need to adjust the hops for %AA and volume, not sure what IBU a Hoe is. Not sure which version of the calculator you're using plus I'm in a bit of a rush, hopefully someone will be able to hel...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: First Maxi-Biab, couple of questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1979

Looks OK to me Nigel. :thumbs: Seeing as it is your first batch I'd err on the side of caution though, so your efficiency should be no more than 70% (as you have done), some additional room for error would increase your grainbill slightly, so I'd order a little more than you need, particularly if yo...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: First Maxi-Biab, couple of questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1979

I think it would be Top Up Water on the right Nigel. Sorry, I've not had a chance to test this part of BS2 yet, other BS2ers may care to confirm? Oh, and well spotted! The plain water going into the fermenter certainly does need to be sanitary, everything does for that matter as the yeast is the onl...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Thoughts on this for a boiler
Replies: 23
Views: 7848

Getting there! :thumbs:
Yeah, there's no need to actively regulate mash temperature, just thoroughly insulate and it should be peachy. :drink:
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: First AG & BIAB brew
Replies: 19
Views: 3868

Ah! A dry atmosphere probably won't be a problem in NZ- carry on then! :drink:
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: First Maxi-Biab, couple of questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1979

Hi Nigel, yes, sparging at a higher temperature by i) draining the bag (equivalent to the conventional lautering), ii) adding hotter water, either by pouring it over or dunking the bag into it is also effecting what's known as a mashout. This combined sparge/ mashout achieves a couple of things, the...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Thoughts on this for a boiler
Replies: 23
Views: 7848

If the boil is still struggling, suggest insulate around the side and also float a heat- resistant container on the wort while it boils. I once used a stainless kidney dish to do this, foil over the top of the dish helped keep the radiant (?) heat loss down. I've also seen a fellow brewer boil 50-od...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Do you stir religiously
Replies: 16
Views: 2787

Lol, good to see some humour now and then! :P I don't stir religiously at all, for a single infusion I'll stir singly at mash in and leave it to its saccharification rest in peace. As I'm popping the lid and jumpers on I'll offer the Pastafarian Saccharifice: "May the Flying Spaghetti Monster's pira...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Brew Day Stories and/or Pics
Topic: First AG & BIAB brew
Replies: 19
Views: 3868

:champ: Sounds pretty peachy to me hbnath! The dilution is just fine, that's sometimes overlooked as a tool for manipulating specific gravity and volume, it is an integral part of Maxi-BIAB and I use it all the time. Where are you located, southern hemisphere evidently? Actually, winter often result...
by Ralph
5 years ago
Forum: Electric BIAB
Topic: Anyone else using a 20L urn?
Replies: 2
Views: 1419

Yep, I've got one , but alas it is still sitting idle since it was acquired. :idiot: Theoretically, smaller batches need not be the rule, when I finally get that thing cleaned up the first batch I'll be doing will be a Maxi- BIAB of 23L brewlength to test this hypothesis, but scaling back the Electr...
by Ralph
6 years ago
Forum: BIAB Recipes
Topic: 100% Wheat Beer with BIAB
Replies: 19
Views: 8303

Yeah, second that about Rye, it is pretty sticky stuff, even at low proportions and after lautering. FWIW, I drain my wort with whole hops through a colander, most of it usually runs through with ease and I leave the wet hops to drain over night to capture the last bit of wort for starters, usually ...
by Ralph
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Boil my sparge
Replies: 7
Views: 1546

Tom, I can see why you'd go down this path with the 15L pot, but I'm a little concerned that you're only boiling the sparge for 15 minutes, however of course I'd stand corrected if it was OK. I realise I myself recommend (and practice) adding sparge up until 15- 20 minutes from the end of the boil, ...
by Ralph
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Use this thread to convert recipes to suit your equipment...
Replies: 2266
Views: 385242

Hey Michaelvw, sorry, I hastily dropped that in this morning without much in the way of explanation. :sneak: One of the Maxi-BIAB 'philosophies', for the want of a better term, is to use the vessels full to the brim to set the volumes and not your software or a particular brewing science. So firstly...
by Ralph
6 years ago
Forum: BIABrewer.info and BIAB for New Members
Topic: Use this thread to convert recipes to suit your equipment...
Replies: 2266
Views: 385242

Hey Michael, one thing I'd suggest is try not to let brewing software's faults/ imperfections dictate how you brew! I'm not trying to make things more complex for you but if you have a look at the Maxi-BIAB guide, it shows you how most of the mind- numbing calculations (and challenges for software d...
by Ralph
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: The LloydieP Blog
Replies: 19
Views: 4645

Hey Lloydie, good to hear from you again!
LloydieP wrote: We do the hard work (eat and drink mostly)
Jeezus, no wonder its been a while then! :shoot:
:lol:
by Ralph
6 years ago
Forum: General Chit-Chat, Nonsense & Rambles
Topic: BIAB competition success
Replies: 202
Views: 50943

Hey, well done there PP! :champ: And chalk up another gong to BIAB! :cool: I'm far from being any expert, but it is hard to not be overly critical of our own beers. In some cases it seems judges aren't quite as picky and don't always refer to the style guidelines point by point, particularly for Bes...

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