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Post by mr erneu » 3 months ago

Hi All,

I'm from Almere, the Netherlands and work as a hospital pharmacist. Large scale production is in my blood and I was looking for a reproducible and robust method for producing a propper beer with limited space available. I got a tip from a local brewer (naeckte brouwers, Amstelveen) that BIAB might pull the trick. What I've seen thusfar is really usefull ! I've have some extract brewing experience and love to brew to all-grain stouts and porters, which are limited available in the Netherlands. With BIAB technique i hope to develop some own recipes which i will share on this forum.

Cheers!


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Post by Scott » 3 months ago

Welcome mr erneu,

Let us know if there are any questions... Perhaps look back a few pages on the entry forum and see what sort of advice has been given to other newbies. Likely much of this will be pertinent to you as well, and is good advice.


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Post by Inconceivable » 3 months ago

welcome mr erneu. look forward to hearing how you go. My first Biab batch was a bit of mess so suggest you write a checklist so you don't forget any ingredients or steps!

:luck:


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Post by NghtLght » 3 months ago

Hi, I'm Hugo, from Portugal. I've just came across BIABrewer after being reading online for detailed procedure in order to start brewing AG through BIAB method. It has been a valuable source of informations, with very comprehensive explanations about almos anything related with BIAB. I'm in the process of deciding betweek Kit brewing or straight to AG, though, due to limitedequipment and space I'm considering BIAB (mini maybe).

Looking forward to shere my next (first) experiences with brewing my own beer.

Best,

Hugo


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Post by Streamer » 3 months ago

Hi Hugo, welcome to the forum! Lots of people here brew small BIAB batches with great success. Once you get to know how to use the Biabacus, there's no reason you can't scale down to a size that fits your equipment. Ask lots of questions, you'll get very informed and helpful answers. Be sure to read the clear terminology section - There's a link in an earlier post above. Happy brewing! :thumbs:
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Post by Inconceivable » 3 months ago

Welcome Hugo

I started with extract and went to AG via BiaB after 3 x batches so I think that path is good

I wrote a guide for beginners that is a short guide of all the things I learned and got valuable info from getting into homebrewing- PM me if interested and I can email it to you. I can't seem to attach it to this post!


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Post by HoppitonBrewery » 3 months ago

Hi BIABrewer staff and users,

Just posting to complete my registration.

Have done roughly 20 kit can brews and have been experimenting with grain and hop additions with some success.

I am now starting out in the world of AG BIAB, which is why I am needing some brewing software so I can build my receipts and learn all the ins and outs of brewing to BJCP Style Guidelines, tweaking for personal preference, and then getting consistent with my brews. I am into American Pale Ales and IPAs (like everyone!), but am interested in getting good at Dry Irish Stout, Golden Ale, Lager, Pilsner, and Amber Ale as well. The no chill method interests me from a water conservation point of view as well as so I don't have to spend money I don't have on another bit of equipment.

Anyways, happy days and look forward to asking questions of you all and contributing to questions from others in the future.

Cheers :drink:


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Post by Inconceivable » 3 months ago

Hey Hoppiton welcome

I think you've made the right decision coming to BiaB there's a certain satisfaction in mashing your own grains and becoming more of a real brewer.

I have free and purchased brewing software and neglect them both in favour of the Biabacus tool available here which is excellent, I hope you find it as useful as many of us do.

Good luck getting into it. Re: No chill: I use my chill water into the washing machine I was going to run anyway for the family's clothes. So two birds, one stone right?

cheers
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Post by welktickler » 3 months ago

Hi everyone

I am a complete newbie to homebrewing. A friend uses this site and recommended it.I have read some threads for beginners and im impressed. I look forward to learning and chatting with you guys.

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Post by ShorePoints » 3 months ago

Welcome welktickler - interesting moniker you’ve got there.
As a newbie, please read up on Clear Brewing Terminology so that we can communicate with fewer problems. http://biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2685
After you have invested time and money in choosing equipment (and you can ask questions here before you do) set things up for a practice run without the real ingredients. How will you maintain mash temp for x minutes? Will your heat source provide enough energy for the sweet liquor to get to a rolling boil? How fast do you want to cool the wort when the boil time is over? How will you do that, and how will you feel if it doesn’t turn out as expected? What will you use to keep a record of what you do? When do you need a timer (or two!) to start and later alert you to do something? Weigh stuff, measure volumes and Specific Gravity, figure out how to transfer liquids neatly - do not be afraid, you can do this.
The reward is beer. :yum:


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Post by BMWFan » 3 months ago

I heard about this site on the homebrewtalk forum.
I haven't actually done any BIAB brews yet. Just extract and partial mash. Have brewed about 5x so far.

I bought a large kettle and ordered a bag for it. Going to put an electric heat element in it. I have Craftbrewpi and will use that to control the mash temp with some circulation to keep the temp during mashing. Am also using the Craftbrewpi controller for fermentation temp control.

Looking forward to getting started with BIAB

From Minnesota. Have a Northern Brewer about 15 minutes away from my house.
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Post by therevbowring » 3 months ago

Hi all,

I'm a mechanical engineer from Nottingham in England and found the site while googling, trying to work out my plans for my first batch. I've not brewed before, but am in the process of gathering equipment for some mini-BIAB action. Almost there now, so on the verge of buying my first bunch of grain, hops and yeast.


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Post by BMWFan » 3 months ago

I thought I replied already to this post, but don't see it. Unless.....since I'm new, it has to be approved by a moderator. If this is a duplicate, sorry - go ahead and delete it.

From Minnesota, USA. I saw a mention of this form on the homebrewtalk forum.

I've brewed about 5x using extract and partial mash kits from Northern Brewer - since they are only about a 15 minute drive from my house.
I have a 5 gallon kettle that I used on the wife's stove.

I was going to go full HERMS, but it would take too long to get all the $$ together to get all the gear, so I decided BIAB would be better. I bought a 25 gal Aluminum kettle from a brewer nearby from Craigslist. Ordered a 5500w heating element from Amazon and a bag from brewinabag. I still need to figure out all the fittings needed to connect my small pump and to the DIY counter-flow chiller I made.

I'm also planning on doing recirculation during mashing and have a Craftbrewpi controller for that. I also use that to control fermentation temps.

All of these "Calculators" available (spreadsheets, software, etc) look a bit intimidating, but I'm looking forward to brewing better beer. And learning a lot along the way.

A partial mash kit of Buffalo Sweat is fermenting now. I will be making a Smashing Pumpkin ale extract kit this month and then hopefully my next beer will be BIAB!!
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Post by Streamer » 3 months ago

BMWfan and therevbowring, welcome to the forum. As you put together your systems and start to brew with BIAB, you'll hopefully have questions, and this is the place to get them answered. Make sure that you have read and follow the Clear Brewing Terminology page - using the correct terms in you questions will help others understand your question and get back to you with an answer that will make sense. Here's a link http://biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2685
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Post by Scott » 3 months ago

Hello BMWFan,

A few things to add to Streamer's comments...

Yes, your first post has to be approved by a moderator, and depending on how available one is to have noticed it. I appreciate the additional info for sure!

From Minnesota... Gets Cold there, for sure! That could be a benefit of having an electric heating element - easier to fashion an indoor brewing system if you brew a lot. I brew with propane on a part covered back patio. Works great most of the time and I love it out there, but there are a few times in the winter when cold - raining / windy, or just extremely cold that I would rather have an indoor setup. You might get more of those days than me...

QUESTIONS & Things to Think About - HERMS Setup:
Are you sure you want to go through with a HERMS setup? Seems like a much more complex setup that will not make better beer and will not give you higher efficiency. In fact, traditional full volume BIAB will likely be a little higher. Some say the wort is a little clearer, but after fermentation and cold crash - beer will not be any clearer. The equipment is "cooler" looking, and for sure is more complicated and will require more time to clean...if that is desired.

As far as tracking beer making process for better repeatability, our BIABacus file along with being diligent with recording benchmark "checkpoints", volumes and gravities with BIAB will do that as well as it can be done.

Some people on here, Mad_Scientist comes to mind, brew inside with some sort of electric heating element. There are some posts on here that could give better advice than me with electric.

When new to this, I loved the thought of a counterflow chiller, and bought one. But I drew the line with a pump - DID NOT want to have to add a pump to my brew day cleaning requirements! The CFC actually worked fairlly well but without a pump was slow to chill, and was kind of a pain to clean. Finally ditched it - sold it to someone else - and built a larger than you can buy immersion chiller. Works great! Much Better!!!

Anyhow, from my perspective simpler is better provided it works well. And traditional full volume BIAB works great! My 16 gallon stainless brew kettle will produce around 8 to 8.5 gallons Volume Into Packaging (VIP - into bottles or keg) of 1.052 OG wort). You have 25 gallon, doing the math that should have you able to brew 12-13 gallons Volume Into Packaging.

I would recommend trying some of the simpler equipment arrangements and then consider if complicating it really is a help... If it improves your beer - great! But if not...

The temp controller will be a big help with having a temperature controlled fermentation chamber. And that, along with ability to "cold crash" will be a big help!

Glad to have you on the board, and like Streamer said, new post on the beginner section with any questions. :luck:
Last edited by Scott on 11 Sep 2017, 05:08, edited 1 time in total.


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Post by Inconceivable » 3 months ago

therevbowring wrote:
3 months ago
Hi all,

I'm a mechanical engineer from Nottingham in England and found the site while googling, trying to work out my plans for my first batch. I've not brewed before, but am in the process of gathering equipment for some mini-BIAB action. Almost there now, so on the verge of buying my first bunch of grain, hops and yeast.
Welcome therevbowring. Look forward to hearing how your first brew day goes. I'd recommend plenty of planning and a checklist for your brew day. The hobby can seem overwhelming when you first make a start. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing your news and questions


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Post by Inconceivable » 3 months ago

@BMWFan I've got to agree with Scott your rig seems a bit ambitious and elaborate for your first Biab but good on you for taking on the challenge, hope it works out for you!
My personal path in Biab has been adding more and more elaborate gadgets and processes as I've grown and learned and I think there's less to go wrong/ muddy the waters if things go wrong with this approach.

Looking forward to hearing how you go


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Post by xoto » 3 months ago

Hi there from Greece! I am so glad to join your BIAB fellowship. Hope to learn a lot and contribute from my part as much as my knowledge and hands-on experience allow me! Thank you! (ευχαριστώ)


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Post by therevbowring » 3 months ago

Inconceivable wrote:
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Welcome therevbowring. Look forward to hearing how your first brew day goes. I'd recommend plenty of planning and a checklist for your brew day. The hobby can seem overwhelming when you first make a start. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing your news and questions
Thanks! Yes, planning seems the way to go, trying to get everything clear in my mind and written down before kicking off!


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Post by goulaigan » 2 months ago

Welcome aboard xoto,

You have found the best resource on the internet for BIAB. Take a look around and ask if you can't find any answers you seek.

Happy Brewing!


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Post by eugegim » 2 months ago

Hey now!

Thanks for providing such a great resource for aspiring brewers. My name is Euge from Santa Barbara, CA. I've done a few extract kits now with great results...looking to step up my game!


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Post by Scott » 2 months ago

Welcome to the site, Euge.

Check out the advice - plenty given in other intros above and tons available on the site. Let us know how it goes and if you need any advice or anything.


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Post by Luisito » 2 months ago

Hi to everyone! Mi name is Luis and I am from Argentina, south side of the globe.
I knew of this site for a tutorial of BIAB I've found on the net.
I actually have a full equipment MVA and count seven batches 20L done, using de Simple Infusion Mash method.
I'm interesting in BIAB for doing small batches, calming down the anxiety of waiting a couple of weeks til' I do the next batch, as using it as a tester method as well for tasting different styles.
Thank you very much!


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Post by Streamer » 2 months ago

Welcome to the forum Luisito. There are quite a few small batch brewers here - do a search for Mini BIAB to start. Be sure to read Clear Brewing Terminology and then start diving in (http://biabrewer.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2685). This site is a deep well of knowledge on brewing.
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Post by Luisito » 2 months ago

Thank you very much, Streamer!

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