I live in a rural area about 40 miles outside of St. Louis, Missouri home of Budweiser beer.While I still drink the occasional AB product my tastes have changed to ales, specifically Pale and IPA from various craft breweries. I tried extract/steeping grain brewing 15 years ago and made 3-4 5 gallon batches but the results were less than stellar and I hated all the bottle washing and carrying that 5 gallon glass carboy up and down the stairs from the kitchen to the basement.
I've been wanting to start brewing again and have been reading a number of online forums and believe that BIAB is the direction I want to take. More specifically looking at 2.5 gallon finished size batches that I can brew in my 5 gallon kettle on our built-in induction stove. I still have the turkey fryer propane burner if the induction stove doesn't work out. Thinking of buying a 3 gallon Brew demon "conical fermenter that I can put in a spare refrigerator controlled by an Inkbird controller for a fermentation chamber. Also looking to get 2.5 gallon torpedo kegs to avoid the bottling and force carbonating. I found this forum from a post on another forum as I sought more detail on the BIAB method.
My hope is that I'll find others who brew at this scale who can offer help with converting recipes to this size, offer suggestions on equipment and technique. First attempt will be a Bass Ale clone, my wife's favorite beer. Success with that would go a long way towards getting her buy-in for this hobby. (An important goal that i've learned in 35 years of marriage)
Looking forward to reading and learning from this site.
Post #8126 made 9 months ago
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