Category Archives: BIAB

Update: Miljoco 2.5″ Stem Thermometer – $16.19 + Every 10th Thermometer is Free!

Miljoco 2.5" Stubby NPT Thermometer for BIAB

via brewinabag.com.  These 2.5″ Stainless “Stubbey” Thermometers are perfect for BIAB.  The 2.5″ probe means these won’t be getting hung up in your Brew Bag - Hands on Review.

Rex at Brew in a Bag is doing a special group buy/promo on these.

There are three parts to this promo…

First: Miljoco Thermometers are selling for $17.99.  Use coupon code 41777UKITI6Y and they drop by another 10% to $16.19.  These normally sell for $19.99 to $32.

Second: Every 10th thermometer ordered is Free!  Complete check out as normal and Rex will refund every 10th thermometer order.  We’ll include first name and last initial in the winners section of this post to let you know who won.

Third: If buy The Brew Bag Any Style/Size and a Thermometer, you get 10% Off your entire order.  If you end up getting a free thermometer, you’ll still get 10% off the rest of your order!  Use coupon code 563HHFETQ1Q5 to get the 10% Off.

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.  Check out my Hands on Review.

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More about the Thermometer:

  • Miljoco rear connected bimetal thermometers are economic and ideal for applications that can accept a fixed back connection. These instruments are provided with an external recalibrator on the rear of the case, for easy temperature adjustment. The hermetically-sealed, stainless steel case prevents moisture from entering into the instrument and fogging the lens, thus allowing the operator to obtain clear, accurate readings.
  • CASE & RING: Hermetically sealed 300 series stainless steel.
  • LENS: Double strength glass standard, with polycarbonate (250°F maximum range) optional.
  • DIAL: Aluminum with white finish and black markings. POINTER: Black.
  • RECALIBRATOR: Furnished standard with external
  • CONNECTION: 300 series stainless steel, 1/2” NPT. STEM: 300 series stainless steel, Ø 0.250”. ACCURACY: ±1% full range (ASME B40.3 Grade A). AMBIENT TEMPERATURE: -40 to 250°F (-40 to 120°C).

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Miljoco 2.5″ Stem Thermometer – $16.19 + 10% Off + Every 10th Thermometer is Free

Miljoco 2.5" Stubby NPT Thermometer for BIAB

via brewinabag.com.  These 2.5″ Stainless “Stubbey” Thermometers are perfect for BIAB.  The 2.5″ probe means these won’t be getting hung up in your Brew Bag - Hands on Review.

Rex at Brew in a Bag is doing a special group buy/promo on these.

There are three parts to this promo…

First: Miljoco Thermometers are selling for $17.99.  Use coupon code 41777UKITI6Y and they drop by another 10% to $16.19.  These normally sell for $19.99 to $32.

Second: Every 10th thermometer ordered is Free!  Complete check out as normal and Rex will refund every 10th thermometer order.  We’ll include first name and last initial in the winners section of this post to let you know who won.

Third: If buy The Brew Bag Any Style/Size and a Thermometer, you get 10% Off your entire order.  If you end up getting a free thermometer, you’ll still get 10% off the rest of your order!  Use coupon code 563HHFETQ1Q5 to get the 10% Off.

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.  Check out my Hands on Review.

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More about the Thermometer:

  • Miljoco rear connected bimetal thermometers are economic and ideal for applications that can accept a fixed back connection. These instruments are provided with an external recalibrator on the rear of the case, for easy temperature adjustment. The hermetically-sealed, stainless steel case prevents moisture from entering into the instrument and fogging the lens, thus allowing the operator to obtain clear, accurate readings.
  • CASE & RING: Hermetically sealed 300 series stainless steel.
  • LENS: Double strength glass standard, with polycarbonate (250°F maximum range) optional.
  • DIAL: Aluminum with white finish and black markings. POINTER: Black.
  • RECALIBRATOR: Furnished standard with external
  • CONNECTION: 300 series stainless steel, 1/2” NPT. STEM: 300 series stainless steel, Ø 0.250”. ACCURACY: ±1% full range (ASME B40.3 Grade A). AMBIENT TEMPERATURE: -40 to 250°F (-40 to 120°C).

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Brewing “1 Hour” IPA – from grain to glass

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Great Fermentations has a number of great Recipe Kit Offerings.  Included in the bunch is their continuously hopped “1 Hour IPA”.  I was excited to see that as I am a huge fan of Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA and generally cannot get that beer where I live.  The recipe features Simpsons Crystal Malt, Carapils, Amber Malt and Warrior, Amarillo and Simcoe Hops.  It’s available in both all grain and extract versions.  Here’s a overview of the beer from grain to glass.

cln_img_2660Taking the temperature of the recently crushed malt bill.

cln_img_2770I brewed this beer BIAB style.  Here’s a look at the mash.

cln_img_2778Stirring to get everything mixed up well.

cln_img_2785The mash is settling in at around 152 deg F.

cln_img_2827Here we are at the end of the mash.  If you take a look at the thermometer on my BoilerMaker G1 kettle (GF has a great deal on some slight cosmetic damage G1s right now) you’ll notice I’m up in the 170 deg F range doing a direct fired mash out.  That’s one of the dandy parts about BIAB.  Easy step mashes and mash outs.

cln_img_3050Hey that’s wort!!

cln_img_3061This recipe features 5 total kettle hop editions.  A 60 minute Warrior bittering addition starts it off followed by 4 Amarillo/Simcoe blend additions.  Those start at 15 minutes and happen every 5 minutes up until and including knock out.  There is one dry hop addition of the hop blend.

cln_img_3102After an early hop addition

cln_img_3143After a late hop addition

cln_img_4323It’s kegging time.  Beautiful clear beer going into one of my kegs.

cln_img_5312The finished product.  Of course, in a Spiegelau IPA Glass.

I wish that I could have done a side by side comparison of 60 minute vs 1 hour.  I did some searching, even out of state, and didn’t come up with any.

This beer, much like 60 minute, is a tasty and drinkable IPA.  IBU and alcohol-wise it’s on the lighter end of the scale for current push-the-limit American IPAs (that I also enjoy).  The keg went quickly, I almost did not get the finished in-the-glass picture at the end.  I think this was the second to last pint.  I enjoyed it very much and the speed at which the keg was depleted is a testament to that.

The taste that I walk away with, from 60 minute, more than hops is the great nutty, roasty flavor of the British Amber Malts.  I do get that in 1 Hr IPA.  As I said, I like that flavor, so, next time I would add another quarter lb or so.  Not that this beer needs it to be more like 60 minute.  It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those, so I can’t tell you that for certain.  I just like the flavors that that malt adds.

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Ends Soon: Half Off High Temp Gloves with Brew Bag Purchase + Hands On Review

This sale ends soon…

The Brew Bag glovesBuy any version of The Brew Bag (Keggle, Brew Kettle or Cooler) and get Half Off a Pair of High Temperature Gloves.  There is a limit of one pair per order.

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.

Use promo/coupon code B0VYJKLINHIR to get your half priced gloves.

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Half Off High Temp Gloves with Brew Bag Purchase + Hands On Review

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For a limited time, buy any version of The Brew Bag (Keggle, Brew Kettle or Cooler) and get Half Off a Pair of High Temperature Gloves.  There is a limit of one pair per order.

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.

Use promo/coupon code B0VYJKLINHIR to get your half priced gloves.

Check it out – Here

50per_thebrewbagCheck out my Hands on Review of the Brew Bag

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Hands on Review: The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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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.

Here’s a hands on look at the Brew Bag…

cln_img_2283I’m using the 30-42 Quart Size for my 10 gallon kettle.

cln_img_2846cln_img_2846A look at one of the handles and the tag

cln_img_2299A close up of one of the reinforced corners.  Every seam is reinforced.

cln_img_2309The bag hanging by all four handles from my Bulldog Ultimate Pegboard

cln_img_2287I received a sticker with my bag

cln_img_2351So you can get an idea of the material mesh, here is a picture of the bag on top of the included sticker.  Click to enlarge.

cln_img_2342For comparison, here is the mesh of a paint strainer bag that I have used for BIAB.  Noticeably different.  Click to enlarge.

cln_img_2314Installed in my Blichmann G1 BoilerMaker Kettle.

cln_img_2320Inside view installed in my Blichmann 10 gallon kettle.

cln_img_2775Mashing Great Fermentations’ 1 Hour IPA in the Brew Bag

cln_img_2777Stirring the Mash using my 24″ Stainless “Brewer’s Whisk”

cln_img_2785The mash temperature for 1 Hr IPA settling in.  Tip: I mashed out this beer.  That’s one of the benefits of BIAB – direct fired mash tun = easy step mashes and mash outs.  During that process, one of the Brew Bag handles got a little too close to my propane burner and melted just a bit.   Don’t do that.

cln_img_2832At the end of the mash.  Worth Noting: Some people wrap their kettles up with some sort of insulation to maintain the temperature during the mash.  I think that’s a great idea.  However… I don’t do it.  When you add in all the water up front, the mash for a 5 gallon batch is considerably.  It maintains temperature reasonably well with no insulation.  Sometimes I will fire up my propane burner half way though (stirring the entire time) to get back up to desired mash temp.

cln_img_2979Draining the Bag.  I recommend using High Temp Gloves to make this easier.  BIAB has a bunch of benefits including 1. Cost, 2. Simplicity, 3. Generally faster than other methods, 4. Less to clean up, 5. Less to store and 6. Because you have a direct fired mash tun, it’s easy to do step mashes and mash outs.  I’ll add one more to the list… if you have a Kettle with a sight glass in it, like Blichmann’s BoilerMaker (Great FermentationsMore BeerMidwest Supplies and Adventures in Homebrewing), or you otherwise have a way to easily measure volume, you can… hit your pre boil volume every time.  I’m holding the bag here, and looking at the sight gauge.  I did that until I hit my desired pre boil volume.  Whammo.

cln_img_3177Cleaning your mash tun (the bag) is as easy as dumping the grain out and rinsing the bag.  Here is what the bag looks like after rinsing it with… discarded wort chiller water.  I do take it in the house and clean it more thoroughly, but…it’s in pretty good shape after a rinse with re-used wort chiller water.

cln_img_3263A soak in hot PBW followed by a good rinse and dry and it’s ready to be used again.

cln_img_5290A look at the final product… a Spiegelau IPA Glass filled with delicious 1 HR IPA

cln_img_5118Here’s a look at the Brew Bag installed in the Blichmann G2 (First Looks).  It’s pretty well the exact same size as the G1, so it fits the same.  The G2′s flat handles are a great place to use a clamp to secure the Brew Bag in place.  Tip: Install the Brew Bag in your dry kettle first and make a note of where it should sit in the kettle so that the bottom of the bag doesn’t touch the bottom of the kettle.

cln_img_5129Mashing More Beer’s M-80 IPA

I’ve done quite a bit of BIAB brewing.  I’ve used a few different types of bags.  Having used the Brew Bag for a while, I can tell you that it’s the highest quality bag I’ve used.  It is purposed designed, by a homebrewer, for homebrewing and that shows.  From the reinforced seams to the handles to the availability of a number of sizes to the quality of the fabric.  I can wholeheartedly recommend the Brew Bag for BIAB brewing.

Features (from brewinabag.com):

  • Use again and again – not a throw-away bag
  • 1″ polypropylene straps for easy pick up using your hands or a pulley and hook
  • Seams are on the outside – no particulates get trapped in the bag
  • Use it as your hop bag – but it must be suspended above the kettle bottom
  • The straps cover the seams and bear the strain on every use – this bag will last and last
  • Holds over 100 pounds of grain
  • Hand wash and drip dry

The Brew Bag is available in a variety of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t have the size you’re looking for, they will custom make it based on your needs.

Check out the instructions page on www.brewinabag.com for step by step instructions on BIAB.

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Special thanks to Rex at The Brew Bag for providing me with a bag to try out.

10% Off 8 Gallon Megapot 1.2 with BIAB Kit Purchase

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Buy a Brew in a Bag Kit from Northern Brewer and get 10% off your choice of an 8 Gallon Megapot 1.2 or an 8 Gallon Tall Boy Kettle.  This combo includes everything you need to brew an all grain batch of beer, including a recipe kit.  The whole deal, ships under NB’s Flat Rate Shipping Promo.

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