Purchasing a suitable biab bag

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by rpt » Sat May 21, 2016 11:40 am

How many brewers sanitise their mash tun and boiler? Obviously they and the bag need to be clean, but before the boil there is no need to sanitise.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by Ulsterman » Sat May 21, 2016 11:45 am

Its a personal choice and one that I am happy to make as I have never had a bad batch of beer and believe that this is in part because I adopt a strict regime for cleaning and sanitation at every stage. :D

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by Ulsterman » Sat May 21, 2016 11:46 am

Forgot to mention: this is a biab question so mash tun and boiler are the same beast.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by alexlark » Sat May 21, 2016 11:52 am

My pot and bag are very clean before the mash but not sterile.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by dbambrick996 » Mon May 23, 2016 12:00 am

Brewinabag.co.UK are great bags,

These are also great
https://www.mashedin.beer/collections/c ... 1120930813

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by Kev888 » Mon May 23, 2016 10:23 am

Ulsterman wrote:Its a personal choice and one that I am happy to make as I have never had a bad batch of beer and believe that this is in part because I adopt a strict regime for cleaning and sanitation at every stage. :D
As mentioned, its unnecessary to sterilize the grain bag before the mash, though it won't actually hurt anything. However, just to mention in case its not obvious: if you find yourself also wanting to sterilize the grain (e.g. in order to preserve the sterility of the bag) then that would be highly detrimental. The mash is not and should not be made sterile, irrespective of what you did to the bag.
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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by wild_quinine » Tue May 24, 2016 12:55 pm

Kev888 wrote:As mentioned, its unnecessary to sterilize the grain bag before the mash, though it won't actually hurt anything. However, just to mention in case its not obvious: if you find yourself also wanting to sterilize the grain (e.g. in order to preserve the sterility of the bag) then that would be highly detrimental. The mash is not and should not be made sterile, irrespective of what you did to the bag.
This is really the key point. You cannot sterlize what's in the bag prior to the boil. But if you could, the most effective way to do so would be by boiling it anyway.

And you're going to do that. You're definitely going to be boiling your wort and everything in it for an hour or more.

You're not skipping sterlization, this is where it happens.

By all means, clean the bag before mashing in it. Get rid of any detritus, and give it a soak if you want. But don't worry about sterlizing it before the boil, the boil does that and more.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by Fil » Tue May 24, 2016 2:47 pm

Clean well pre boil and post boil apply additional sanitation.

storing equipment dry and open to the air is way more important than applying redundant sanitation steps.
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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by injac » Sun May 29, 2016 8:29 pm

I give it a good rinse in the sink to get rid of any grains then it goes for a spin in the washing machine (sans washing powder)

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by Wekslap » Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:35 am

I have just bought a Peco electrim 32Ltr plastic boiler with digital thermostat.
Which is the best bags to buy for these please? And what else do I need to buy? I already have all my beer kit brewing gear. Do I need a wort cooler? And if so where's the best place to get one, hopefully not too expensive? Plus, any recommended idiot proof recipes for a first time brew?

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by injac » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:09 pm

I also have a peco and use the Mashing and Sparging bag from Ritchies. Most lhbs will stock them.

Google the 'no chill' method.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by Wekslap » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:19 pm

Thanks Injac. Any tried and tested idiot proof BIAB beginner recipes?
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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by injac » Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:26 pm

A recipe is a recipe - BIAB or otherwise. Have a search on here for Seymour's Citra Gold or Jim's Summer Quaffer.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by rpt » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:07 pm

But you cannot use the mash and sparge volumes from a recipe if you are BIABing. I use the BIABacus spreadsheet from biabrewer.info to convert any recipe to my set up.

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Re: Purchasing a suitable biab bag

Post by injac » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:25 pm

+1 for Biabacus. Really accurate in its calculations.

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