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 Post subject: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:07 pm 

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Hello all. Following my terrible performance in the winter warmer competition I have decided to blame my tools. Talking to a few of you it was suggested that a brew in the bag system might be an appropriate set up for a beginner like me. I so far have managed to secure some mesh stuff for the bag...

But I have big plans!

I'm thinking of a 33L stock pot (any ideas of where to get these relatively cheap would be appreciated), I'll build a wooden stand, so post boil I can just use gravity to transfer the liquid into some other vessel for cooling/fermentation. I'm planning on using a kettle element, (are these best installed in the flat base of a pot or is it ok in the curved side?). Ill probably use an arduino with some sensors to turn it on/off at the right temperature. That has the advantage that I can set it to start before I wake up so it saves a bit of time on brew day and I already have an arduino so no shelling out for PID controllers or anything. For a tap to get the wort out are there any rules I should worry about (any metals that leave a funny taste etc?).

As for cooling wort I've been reading around on here and some suggest just decanting into plastic jerry cans and cooling overnight. Is this a good method, does it affect clarity to cool so slowly?

I'll try and post pictures as I build although I probably wont be doing anything until mid Jan.

Cheers,
Lawrie


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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:30 pm 
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For pots, try....

Rajanis? http://www.rajanis.co.uk

MrLard? https://www.brewbuilder.co.uk/brew-pots.html

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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:12 am 
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This is not a personal recommendation, just a seller I've had bookmarked for some time as the pots look well made and are reasonably cheap even including delivery from Italy e.g. £51 delivered for a 35L pot (I was mulling over the 70L, £64 delivered). Also, I can't see the stainless spec in the listing (304?).

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351294552197

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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:21 am 
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lsayer wrote:
Hello all. Following my terrible performance in the winter warmer competition I have decided to blame my tools. Talking to a few of you it was suggested that a brew in the bag system might be an appropriate set up for a beginner like me. I so far have managed to secure some mesh stuff for the bag...

But I have big plans!

I'm thinking of a 33L stock pot (any ideas of where to get these relatively cheap would be appreciated), I'll build a wooden stand, so post boil I can just use gravity to transfer the liquid into some other vessel for cooling/fermentation. I'm planning on using a kettle element, (are these best installed in the flat base of a pot or is it ok in the curved side?). Ill probably use an arduino with some sensors to turn it on/off at the right temperature. That has the advantage that I can set it to start before I wake up so it saves a bit of time on brew day and I already have an arduino so no shelling out for PID controllers or anything. For a tap to get the wort out are there any rules I should worry about (any metals that leave a funny taste etc?).

As for cooling wort I've been reading around on here and some suggest just decanting into plastic jerry cans and cooling overnight. Is this a good method, does it affect clarity to cool so slowly?

I'll try and post pictures as I build although I probably wont be doing anything until mid Jan.

Cheers,
Lawrie


Yes to rajanis - you can use Aluminium without any worries. kettle element in the side, with at least 1/2" clearance from the bottom of the element to the base of the pot. Mr. lard will sell you a good stainless tap, kettle element and I would also recommend the stainless shroud for the element connection. I have used the no - chill method with success and no issues with clarity. IMO BIAB and no chill is a sound and low cost method. You can just use an old sleeping bag or similar to insulate the pot while you mash. I know you say you have the mesh but I bought a bag from brewinabag.com and would recommend it for ease of use.

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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:21 pm 

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Thanks gents, I'll probably go for rajanis seeing as its Bristol based and Mr lard for an element. why does the element need to be 1/2" off the bottom? so water can circulate?


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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:36 am 
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lsayer wrote:
Thanks gents, I'll probably go for rajanis seeing as its Bristol based and Mr lard for an element. why does the element need to be 1/2" off the bottom? so water can circulate?


Yes, also in case you need to mod the pot for example to have a hop filter underneath.
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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:55 pm 

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lsayer wrote:
Thanks gents, I'll probably go for rajanis seeing as its Bristol based and Mr lard for an element. why does the element need to be 1/2" off the bottom? so water can circulate?

Hi,
I've actually got an Alu pot I used to use that is now excess to requirements if you still need one, it's about 35l

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 Post subject: Re: Brew in the Bag System Build
PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:22 pm 

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darrenw wrote:
lsayer wrote:
Thanks gents, I'll probably go for rajanis seeing as its Bristol based and Mr lard for an element. why does the element need to be 1/2" off the bottom? so water can circulate?

Hi,
I've actually got an Alu pot I used to use that is now excess to requirements if you still need one, it's about 35l


Really? That would be great. How much do you want for it/what's the best way pick it up?


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