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Hi Pat! See, I really do lurk here. :) Here is my reply email to you: Thank you for the reply, Pat! I admit that my level of research and history with different brewing software is a lot more limited than yours, and I agree with a lot of the points that you make. However, there are a few things that...

I just wanted to update this thread with what I am pretty sure the cause was: my bag. My first BIAB bag was a 5 gallon paint strainer from Home Depot. The second (and a third) BIAB bag was a 5 gallon paint strainer from Lowes. Same difference, right? Wrong! The Lowes bags didn't line my kettle very ...

And here, I am talking about normal BIAB, not maxi or mini-BIAB. Normal home-brewing is using macro instruments to measure micro results. Mini and maxi-BIAB is using macro equipment to measure electron-microscopic results! Just quickly dan, I hope no one misinterprets that paragraph which was writt...

When I poured the grist in, it piled up above the head line of the kettle, and I had to push it down as I stirred to get it mixed in. After mashout, I noticed that the top layer of the grain didn't look submerged even though it was submerged after I stirred it. Dan, could it be that the top layer o...

Hey Dan, that must be bewildering! I would eliminate as many of the variables as possible, so firstly go back to the water you know works. Also, check all of your measurements of mass and volume, plus check the performance of all the instruments (i.e. hydrometer, refractometer, thermometer, timer e...

Thanks, those are all good points. I did take my gravity readings with a calibrated refractometer this time. I didn't take a measurement with a hydrometer to verify. Looking back, that probably would have been a good idea. The wort definitely tasted watered down compared to my last batch. In any cas...

Thanks, guys. Yeah, this was a Maxi-BIAB, and I have posted a few questions there, and received great answers. I've used quite a bit of tips and tricks, including the Maxi-BIAB calculator (the one that I misread). I know exactly what my problem was; I was going by the actual brew numbers and trying ...

I just bought an aeration pump from an online homebrew shop in the states (Austin HBS), and used it on my first BIAB last weekend. I didn't notice much of a difference in fermentation, but I don't generally watch my fermentation all that closely. It was indeed vigorous when I checked on it the next ...

By the way, how long did you ferment the Red? I have read that when you add honey to beer, you should let it ferment longer (one site suggested 3-8 weeks, but they were probably adding more honey then you did to your Red). Thanks!

Hi MM, grats! This kind of thing is great for biab, and its giving me the confidence that I don't have to buy a mash tun after all. By the way, that red sounds quite delicious. Would you mind posting the recipe? If not, that is ok!

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