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SIX x 5 Gallon Nylon Bags [Small Batch BIAB] – $9.96 + free shipping + BIAB Resources & Step by Step Small Batch Technique

5 Gallon Elastic Opening Paint Strainer Bags 6 Pieces

SIX x 5 Gallon Strainer Bags with Elastic Opening


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 6 Pieces 5 Gallon Strainer Bags with Elastic Opening.
  • This strainers Around 120 Mesh for many filtering uses.
  • Durable Nylon Mesh with Elastic Opening.
  • Easy fit into 5 Gallon Paint Buckets

What are other people saying?  Search this product’s reviews for “homebrew”

I really enjoy brewing small batches using this technique, especially when it’s cold outside.

1/18/19 7 AM Central: These are selling for just $9.96. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

5 Gallon Elastic Opening Paint Strainer Bags 6 Pieces


Also: BIAB: Brew in a Bag – Easy All Grain Homebrew! – Gear, Resources & Reviews – includes free spreadsheet for figuring water volumes and temps

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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Try BIAB Brewing, For Cheap… 24″ x 26″ Nylon Bag for Brew in a Bag BIAB All Grain – $7.49 + Free BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet

Brew in a Bag Straining Bag, 24" x 26

Nylon Straining Bag for BIAB/Brew in a Bag Style Mashing


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Brew in a bag straining bag
  • Nylon straining bag

Note from HBF: As of this posting, there is conflicting information on the product page for this bag.  In one spot is says 24″ x 26″ and in another it says 26″ x 26″.  Very similar dimensions and shouldn’t make a whole lot of difference, but it’s something I noticed.

1/15/19 8 PM Central: This highly rated bag is selling for just $7.49. Shipping to most US addresses is also free. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Brew In A Bag Straining Bag 24 x 26

Related: All Grain Tips & Gear | FREE Download – BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet |  The Brew Bag [Hands on Review]

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A Rare Deal + Hands on Review: Wort Hog Turnkey Electric e-BIAB System!

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Wort Hog 120V eBIAB System

When it comes to electric Brew In A Bag (eBIAB) systems, there are several choices out there. I’ve tried both 240 Volt and 120 Volt systems. While I love the speed of heating water/wort on the 240V systems, I don’t love the constraints/expense of wiring a 240V plug in a convenient place. The 1500 Watt and 1600 Watt eBIAB units out there are good, but they do lack when it comes to speed of heating strike water or getting a really vigorous boil. The Wort Hog 120V system slides into this niche with the convenience of a 120V system, but using a 2250W Blichmann heating element to give a notable boost.


A Rare, Deal, Review Continues Below…

I’ve seen a few promos that apply to this system, but not many and not what I would call substantial.  If you’ve been waiting for a deal on these, today is your day…

As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew discounting Wort Hog Single Vessel e-BIAB packages by $200.  No coupon code is necessary. Check High Gravity for current availability.

Save $200 on Wort Hog Electric Bundles


System Overview

The Wort Hog Turn Key System via High Gravity Fermentations Supplies uses a Bayou Classic 11-gallon kettle. I’d never seen a Bayou Classic kettle in person before, and I’ll admit I had a pre-conceived opinion of them. I thought of them as “cheap turkey fryers” based on their low price and marketing, but I found my baseless opinion was completely off. This 11-gallon kettle has a super shiny, polished exterior, but most importantly it was made of a very robust thick gauge stainless steel. With high quality, clean welds, this baby is certainly going to live up to wear and tear for a long time, and cleaned up very easily.

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A Rare Deal on High Gravity Wort Hog e-BIAB Electric Systems – Save $200! + Hands on Review

I’ve seen a few promos that apply to this system, but not many and not what I would call substantial.  If you’ve been waiting for a deal on these, today is your day…

As of this posting, High Gravity Homebrew discounting Wort Hog [Hands on Review] Single Vessel e-BIAB packages by $200.  No coupon code is necessary. Check High Gravity for current availability.

Save $200 on Wort Hog Electric Bundles

Also at High Gravity: Bootleg Biology at High Gravity

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150 lb Capacity Rope Ratchet [BIAB] – $4.88 + free add on shipping

Carolina North 10016 1/4" Rop Ratchet, 150 lbs Capacity

Carolina North 10016 1/4″ Rope Ratchet, 150 lbs Capacity

  • 150 Pounds maximum load limit
  • Easy to use thumb lever releases tension
  • Perfect for a wide variety of uses for home, office, workroom and garden
More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Rope ratchet is made super tough to take all the hard work you do. The outer casings are made from #6 – 33 percent glass filled nylon with interior mechanisms of die cast zinc. With the 1/4″ rope ratchet you simply attach the two hooks and pull the loose end of the rope for a secure, tight hold. Rope ratchets stay tight, locking in place as you pull the free end. To loosen you just pull the rope to reduce tension and push the handy thumb release. It’s that easy. This rope ratchet holds ups to 150 lbs per ratchet. Actual body size: 2-1/4′ x 1-1/4″.

 

1/11/19 10 AM Central: This is selling for just $4.88. That’s the best historical third party Amazon price I found. Shipping is also free to many US addresses, with a qualifying order, as part of the Amazon’s Add On promotion. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Carolina North 10016 1/4″ Rope Ratchet, 150 lbs Capacity


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | 250 lb Ratchet Pulley | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

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13% Off The Brew Bag w/Qualifying Order + Hands on Review

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.

I use The Brew Bag myself and it’s an outstanding BIAB bag that works great and keeps on working. Check out my Hands on Review.

Save 13%: For a limited time AIH is discounting most orders of $49 or more by 13%

The Brew Bag BIAB Bags at Adventures in Homebrewing

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

AIH carries a wide variety of sizes.  If you find yourself in need of a custom size, check out brewinabag.com.  You can order odd and custom sizes (at regular prices) via the manufacturer.

Check out  My BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet with narrative directions.  It makes figuring water temps and amounts easy,

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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13% Off The Brew Bag w/Qualifying Order + Hands on Review

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.

I use The Brew Bag myself and it’s an outstanding BIAB bag that works great and keeps on working. Check out my Hands on Review.

Save 13%: For a limited time AIH is discounting most orders of $49 or more by 13%

The Brew Bag BIAB Bags at Adventures in Homebrewing

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

AIH carries a wide variety of sizes.  If you find yourself in need of a custom size, check out brewinabag.com.  You can order odd and custom sizes (at regular prices) via the manufacturer.

Check out  My BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet with narrative directions.  It makes figuring water temps and amounts easy,

Also: Check out AIH Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

More: Recent AIH Finds

 

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SIX x 5 Gallon Nylon Bags [Small Batch BIAB] + BIAB Resources & Step by Step Small Batch Technique

5 Gallon Elastic Opening Paint Strainer Bags 6 Pieces

SIX x 5 Gallon Strainer Bags with Elastic Opening


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 6 Pieces 5 Gallon Strainer Bags with Elastic Opening.
  • This strainers Around 120 Mesh for many filtering uses.
  • Durable Nylon Mesh with Elastic Opening.
  • Easy fit into 5 Gallon Paint Buckets

What are other people saying?  Search this product’s reviews for “homebrew”

I really enjoy brewing small batches using this technique, especially when it’s cold outside.

5 Gallon Elastic Opening Paint Strainer Bags 6 Pieces


Also: BIAB: Brew in a Bag – Easy All Grain Homebrew! – Gear, Resources & Reviews – includes free spreadsheet for figuring water volumes and temps

More: Recent Amazon Finds

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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24″ x 26″ Nylon Bag for Brew in a Bag BIAB All Grain + Free BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet

Brew in a Bag Straining Bag, 24" x 26

Nylon Straining Bag for BIAB/Brew in a Bag Style Mashing


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Brew in a bag straining bag
  • Nylon straining bag

Note from HBF: As of this posting, there is conflicting information on the product page for this bag.  In one spot is says 24″ x 26″ and in another it says 26″ x 26″.  Very similar dimensions and shouldn’t make a whole lot of difference, but it’s something I noticed.

Brew In A Bag Straining Bag 24 x 26

Related: All Grain Tips & Gear | FREE Download – BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet |  The Brew Bag [Hands on Review]

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BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet – Water Calculations + Narrative Directions

Brew in a Bag (BIAB) is a quick, easy and economical way to brew all grain batches of beer.  I released my brew day spreadsheet some time ago along with a version of that to be used for small batch beers.  See below for links.  Either of those could be modified to work with BIAB by changing variables,  This version is specifically designed for full size BIAB batches.

Related: Hands on Review: The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

How do I use brew day spreadsheets?  First, I do use recipe formulation software.  Some of those programs have brew day components.  I’ve just never gotten into using those features.  For better or worse, I use a spreadsheet.  I make a copy and name it using the batch number and beer name and then quickly plug in the basics.  This creates a one sheet printable page that I can use on brew day.  That gives me a single piece of paper with all of my numbers and a spot for brew day notes.  Notes can go back into the spreadsheet for archival.

Brew Day Sheet (click to enlarge):

homebrew brew in a bag biab spreadsheetThis is the main sheet where you will fill in information about your beer and your mash parameters.

Color Coding: Green Cells are information that you can fill in and Blue/Light Gray Cells are calculated.

General Layout and Flow: Start with Beer Name, Brew Date, Batch Number and 1:Beer Info.  Fill in current grain temp under 2:Strike Water Temperature and step by step directions are populated under 3:BIAB Directions.  Constants on the right hand can be set once for your setup and adjusted as needed.  The bottom section of this sheet contains three calculators explained below.

1:Beer Info: Basic information about your beer and mash profile.

 “Reserve (gallons)” B12 Cell: Allows you to set aside a set number of gallons for sparge, dunking, topping off, etc.  This is subtracted from the total strike water value.  It is assumed that you will add or use this at some point.

“Mash Volume – Can I mash it?”: This field estimates total mash volume including grain and water.  This is an estimate.  The cell turns red if the projected volume of your mash exceeds the size of your mash tun.  This is an adaptation of the formula found on the Green Bay Rackers Calculators Page.

2:Strike Water Temp: Fill in the Beer Info section and your Grain’s current Temperature (cell B5) and the spreadsheet calculates your strike water temperature (cell B6).  Note that the temperature will be offset by the “Undershoot Mash Temp” (cell H7).  Read the constants section for more info on that.

Strike Water Volume: Calculates the amount of water you will need in both quarts and gallons.

Volume Needed – Start of Boil and 15 Minutes Remaining: These sections list required water volume at two important times.  The 15 minute calculation attempts to take into account expansion of wort at boiling.  Take a measurement at 15 minutes and use this figure to correct a low volume.

Constants: The constants section has some variables that you can adjust based on your setup.  For example, I’ve found that grain absorption for my crush is right around .11 gallons/lb.  I think that will be close for you but you can tweak it here if you observe something different.

A note on “Undershoot Mash Temp” – This cell allows you to come in under your desired mash temp.  Why would you want to do that?  It’s easier to ramp up a degree or two vs cool down a degree or two.  This number is subtracted from the calculated Strike Water Temperature recommendation (cell B6).

I suggest reviewing the Constants section to make adjustments for your setup.

3: BIAB Directions: These are narrative step-by-step directions that you can follow after you fill in Beer Info, Grain Temp and Constants.  Note that you can use the table from the “Summary Tab” for on the go adjustments to the strike temp referenced in step 1.

Calculators – The bottom three sections of this tab are calculators.  These calculators can pull from cells in the top portion of the tab, but they do not affect 3:BIAB Directions.

Gravity: This is an adaption of Sean Terrill’s Refractometer Calculator (used by permission).  Thanks Sean for your excellent work on this!

Efficiency: This calculation uses your recipe software’s efficiency setting for a particular recipe along with target gravity to figure efficiency.  That means no re-entering fermentables for every batch.  I figure efficiency when going from the mash tun to the boil kettle.  This is a calculator in the sense that it is standalone and has no bearing on other calculations or cells.

Anytime Gravity Estimate and Correction:  Plug in volume, boil time and gravity figures at any time during your brew day and this calculator will suggest volume and gravity corrections.  Accepts either gravity or Brix (if both are present the Brix value is used).  If you are under volume, I would suggest correcting volume and then re-checking gravity.  This calculator makes no attempt to correct volumes or gravities that are too high.

Summary Sheet (click to enlarge):BIAB Water Calculation Spreadsheet Homebrew

This is setup to print on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper and gives a rundown of essential brew day tasks and data.  I use this print out on brew day.

Prepare:  This is a simple to do checklist.  You can modify this section as you see fit based on your procedure.

Water Volumes/Gravity:  This projects the volume and gravity you should have at three stages (start of boil, 15 minutes remaining and end of boil).  The last two columns (lb DME/pt and grams) are meant to allow you to easily correct your gravity at those stages.  Each of those amounts should add 1 gravity point to your beer.  Let’s say you’re three points down at the start of the boil.  With the example in this graphic, you would add .42 lbs of DME to correct the gravity of the 6 gallon batch.  Bam… that’s easy!

Hop/Adjunct Schedule: You can choose either grams or ounces.  If you choose ounces it will also be converted to grams.

Strike Temp:  This is a table version of the calculated strike temp found on the brew day sheet.  The initial temperature can be changed.  This changes subsequent values.  If you’re using a summary printout, you can measure the temp of your grain and refer to this chart for the appropriate strike temp.

Log and Notes Sheet (click to enlarge):homebrewing excel spreadsheet

Log: This section is meant to log actions taken on the beer (fermentation temp changes, dry hopping, oak additions, etc).  It calculates the time that has elapsed since brew day, between actions and since the action took place.

Notes: Simple notes section.

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This is a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.  I would suggest running this through your previous calculation methods to double check that all this makes sense for you and to verify constants.  I don’t want you coming back to me and complaining the your double IPA is a Pale Ale because of me. 🙂

Homebrew Finds BIAB Spreadsheet

If you have a question or suggestion for the spreadsheet, send me an email.

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