Category Archives: All Grain

Reader Tip: Bazooka Screen for $8.36 Shipped

Thanks to HBF Reader Franz for this tip!

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Highly rated kettle screen for your brew kettle or mash tun for $3.37.  Shipping is $4.99

Bazooka Screen For brew kettle or mash tun - $3.37 + $4.99 Shipping

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30per_kegsEnds Today 9/30Brand New NSF Certified 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $79.99

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Ends Soon: 8 Gal Kettle, Thermometer, Ball Valve.. $109.99 + $30 False Bottom & Reader Feedback

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These Heavy Duty 8 Gallon kettle with tri-clad bottom, lid, thermometer are marked down $60 to $109.99.  Home Brew Stuff has an additional promo going on right now where you can get a false bottom for $30.  That’s an additional savings of $39.95.  No coupon or promo code is necessary.  If you want the false bottom, remember to choose the $30 false bottom option on the product page.

These kettles have welded ports.  That’s a bonus, it means you won’t be messing with weldless kits.  These are on clearance because the welds have minor cosmetic flaws.  The cosmetic flaws do not affect functionality.  They are guaranteed leak free.  See the product description for more details and photos.  These qualify for $7.95 Flat Rate Shipping.

HBF Reader Feedback:  from Dave… I just got mine last night, and as far as I can tell it looks just about perfect. There are a few minor scuff marks on the lid and sides of the kettle, but aside from that it looks fantastic.

CLEARANCE – Kettle with Welded Valve and Thermometer – 8 gallon - $109.99

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30per_kegsEnds Today 9/30Brand New NSF Certified 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $79.99

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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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30per_kegsEnds Today 9/30Brand New NSF Certified 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $79.99

Recent Great Deals:

100 Quart Coleman Xtreme Cooler – $68.11 Shipped

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Coleman’s 100 Quart Xtreme Cooler has dropped about $10 to $68.11.  That’s just $3.57 off it’s record Amazon low price.  It ships for free.  his would make a massive 25 gallon mash tun.  Or a massive 25 gallon… cooler.

Coleman 100-Quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (Blue) - $68.11 + Free Shipping

Ends Soon – Pumpkin Beer Sale – All Grain & Extract – from $19.54

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More Beer is discounting both extract and all grain versions of their Pumpkin Beer recipe kit by 15%.  This brings the all grain version down to $19.54.

Check out the details and grab the promo/coupon code - Here

Also Consider: All Sale and Clearance Items

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30per_kegsEnds Today 9/30Brand New NSF Certified 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $79.99

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10 Gallon Bayou Classic Kettle, Thermometer, Ball Valve, False Bottom & More – $199.60 (Save $26.30)

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This highly rated 6 Piece Brew Kettle Set (10 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle w/tri-ply bottom, Lid, Thermometer, Ball Valve, False Bottom and Filter Screen) has dropped $26.38 from $225.98 to $199.60.  It ships for free.

Product Description: “Bayou Classic pairs traditional form and professional quality with trendy innovation. This stainless 10-gallon Brew Kettle is designed for serious home brewers. It starts with a stainless steel 5 millimeter tri-ply 10 gallon brew kettle with side calibration marks measuring gallon and quarts. It also includes a stainless vented lid, a stainless ball valve, brew thermometer with 3 inch face 0-220 degrees, stainless false bottom that sets 3.25 Inch above the bottom of the pot and a tube shaped filter screen. The try-ply bottom promotes even heating and fights against scorching, while the all stainless construction has no interaction with worth or acid. The narrow diameter and high side walls reduce the chance of boil overs and the false bottom fits tightly on the low side indention to reduce particles and grain from entering the spigot chamber.”

Bayou Classic 10 Gallon Stainless Steel 6 piece Brew Kettle Set – $199.60 + Free Shipping

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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.