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My Brewing Spreadsheet

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My Brew Day Spreadsheet!

The spreadsheet is setup from my perspective, as a batch sparger.  Having said that, almost everything applies equally to a fly sparger with the possible exceptions of the computed mash ratio (more below), planning on a set volume of sparge water and the step by step batch sparge directions.

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 This is the main sheet where you will fill in information about your beer and your mash parameters.  Click to enlarge.


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Extra Large Reusable Bag with Drawstring for BIAB by the Weekend Brewer – $7.99 + free prime ship

The Weekend Brewer FBA_COMINHKG083814 Brew Bag, 26" x 22", White
Extra Large Reusable Drawstring Brew in a Bag by the Weekend Brewer

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  • Save time and money versus traditional mash tuns when All-Grain brewing. Brew in a bag lets you move to all grain or partial Mash brewing easily, and the biab method is very simple to set up and execute, even with limited space. The brew in a bag method eliminates the need for a mash tun, later tun, or hot liquor pot.
  • Durable – these bags are made of durable polyester and can be washed and reused multiple times. Durable polyester and rugged stitching ensures no grains slip into the worth easy removal of the grains makes the rest of your brew day and cleanup a breeze. Drawstring closure ensures a complete seal before removal.
  • Extra large – 26″ Wide and 22″ Tall to ensure you can brew even the largest of recipes without spilling any grain. Use your existing kettle setup for an easy transition to All-Grain brewing! The large size makes the bag versatile enough for any application; from jams to cold brew to cider and fruit wine making, this bag can do it all!
  • This bag will fit kettles up to 17″ In diameter and will hold up to 20lbs of grain! The Weekend Brewer drawstring brew in a bag is used by large scale craft breweries and first-time home brewers alike. Trust the bag used by thousands of home brewers for any application!
  • This listing is for a (1) homebrew mesh brew in a bag

 

7/20/21 6 AM Central: This is on sale for just $7.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Extra Large (26″ x 22″) Reusable Drawstring Straining Brew in a Bag – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing + Water Calculation Spreadsheet

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I periodically brew small (1-3) gallon all grain batches of beer on my stove top.  Some reasons I do that… 1.  The weather – it’s too cold, too hot or too something else, 2.  Time or 3.  I want to test something.  It’s a fun, simple, quick and economical way to brew all grain with minimal investment.

For the extract brewer, what kind of gear is needed to accomplish this amazing feat?  A comprehensive list follows…

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2 x 11″ Stainless Steel Steamer Racks – BIAB False Bottoms – $9.99, $5 each + free prime ship

11-Inch Pressure Cooker Canner Rack (2-Pack) Detachable Legs Canning Rack for Stainless Steel Pressure Canner Rack Pot Steam Basket Rack Accessories

11-Inch Pressure Cooker Canner Rack (2-Pack) Detachable Legs Canning Rack for Stainless Steel Pressure Canner Rack Pot Steam Basket Rack Accessories

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  • MULTIPURPOSE – Large pressure cookers /pressure canners,11 inch diameter,our racks are compatible with (TM) 01781 23-Quart,all American (TM) 21.5-Quart,T-fal (TM) P31052,Granite Ware (TM) 0730-2,(TM) 92122A and more
  • DETACHABLE STEAMER LEGS – The three legs of the steamer rack are detachable for multiple applications,our 2-pack allows you to create multiple layers in a batch,speeding up your canning,Also saving space!
  • LEGS ARE TALL ENOUGH – The height of the legs is 1.9 inch,no need to add water all the time or worry about the water boiling up onto the food,and if you stack two or three steamer racks together,there is enough space between layers so you could steam lots of food
  • FOOD GRADE 304 STAINLESS STEEL – Our steamer rack is made of 304 stainless steel,which is rust resistant to be used over and over again,the best choice for healthy cooking!
  • EASY TO CLEAN – Naturally non-stick for quick release,dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

 

Possible homebrew application: Place in your compatible kettle to keep your Brew in a Bag/BIAB bag from sitting directly on the bottom, helping to prevent scorching.

7/15/21 3 AM Central: These are selling for just $9.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

11-Inch Pressure Cooker Canner Rack (2-Pack) Detachable Legs Canning Rack for Stainless Steel Pressure Canner Rack Pot Steam Basket Rack Accessories – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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THREE x Extra Large Drawstring BIAB Bags – $11.99 w/coupon

Extra Large Brew Bags Reusable, 3 Pack 26"x22" Fine Mesh Strainer Bag for Home Brewing Hops Grains Fruit Cider Apple Grape Wine Beer Making Press Drawstring Straining Brew in a Bag

Extra Large Brew Bags Reusable, 3 Pack 26″x22″ Fine Mesh Strainer Bag for Home Brewing Hops Grains Fruit Cider Apple Grape Wine Beer Making Press Drawstring Straining Brew in a Bag

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  • 【More Efficient Brew in a Bag】 This brew in a bag is a must-have item for homebrewing. It’s great for beer/ jams/ cold brew/ cider/ fruit wine making, also can meet anything requiring a mesh bag to cook or filter. Brew in a bag lets you move to all grain or partial mash brewing easily, and the method is very simple to set up and execute, even with limited space. The brew in a bag method eliminates the need for a mash tun, lauter tun, or hot liquor pot, thus saving more time, space and money.
  • 【Perfect Drawstring Brew Bag Design】 The reusable brew bags are designed with drawstring and buckles. The strong drawstring is easy pull drawstring ensures no spills and quick clean up.The drawstring with adjustable lock make sure the bag doesn’t fall into the pot and stays secure and tight.These clever design is prevents bag contact with hot kettle bottom. Fine stitching and detail workmanship ensure the brewing bag will not ripping during the mash.
  • 【3 Pack Extra Large Mesh Strainer Bag】These brew bags are 26” wide and 22” height, it ensures you can brew even the largest of recipes without spilling any grain. This brew bags for beer will fit kettles up to 17″ in diameter and will hold up to 20lbs of grain! Use your existing kettle to start easily all-grain brewing! Our brew bags are large enough for any application, such as jams, cold brew, cider, fruit wine making, etc.
  • 【BPA Free & Durable & Reusable Brew Bags】These brew bags are made of fine durable polyester and can be washed and reused many times. Double reinforced stitch edge ensures no grains slip into the worth easy removal of the grains makes the rest of your brew day and cleanup a breeze.The safty temperature is -40℉-248℉ (-40℃-120℃)

 

7/13/21 7 AM Central: These are selling for $12.99.  Click on “Save extra $1.00 when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to $11.99 at checkout.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Extra Large Brew Bags Reusable, 3 Pack 26″x22″ Fine Mesh Strainer Bag for Home Brewing Hops Grains Fruit Cider Apple Grape Wine Beer Making Press Drawstring Straining Brew in a Bag – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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150 lb Capacity Rope Ratchet [BIAB] – $8.79 + free prime ship

Rope Ratchet 10016 Ratcheting Tie Down Rope Hanger Pulley, 1/4" & 150 lbs Weight Capacity

Rope Ratchet Tie Down Rope Hanger Ratchet Pulley, 1/4″ & 150 lbs Weight Capacity

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  • THE BEST: The easy-to-use 1/4″ ROPE RATCHET is the answer to all your tie-down needs for work or play. Whether you need to use it for rope lights, as a kayak hoist, grow light hangers, adjustable light hangers, or kayak locking pulley we got you covered. Rope Ratchet only, without rope.
  • BUILT TOUGH: The patented design and rugged construction lets you secure a wide variety of loads quickly and easily. Every ROPE RATCHET is made super tough rope so you can depend on it to work as a rv awning hook, for your rope tarp, part of your ceiling pulley system, or as a heavy duty rope hanger. Every ROPE RATCHET is made super tough so you can depend on it to take all the hard work you do. 150lb Weight Capacity.
  • GET IT DONE: With the ROPE RATCHET you simply attach the two hooks and pull the loose end of the rope to get the secure tightness you need. Feel comfortable using it as a bike rope, light pulley, or ratchet pulley. With ROPE RATCHET Tie-Downs you never have to worry about stretching, snapping back or loosening.
  • SAFE & SECURE: Your load stays secure because the rope automatically locks in place with every pull and stays locked until you release it by pushing the convenient Thumb Release Lever.
  • TRUSTED: Carolina North Manufacturing warrants its products to be free of defects in material or workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Hands down our products will keep you in the game.

From HBF: 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.

 

  • Note from HBF: Given the right setup, this could be helpful as a pulley for a BIAB setup.  Of course, you’ll want a capable place to hang it and want to make sure to stay under the rated capacity.
  • What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “BIAB” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

7/8/21 5 AM Central: This is selling for just $8.79. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Carolina North 10016 1/4″ Rope Ratchet, 150 lbs Capacity – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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32″ x 20″ BIAB Bag with Hand Holds, High Temp Rated – $11.99 + Free Ship Eligible – Limited Availability + Free BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet

Mesh Grain Bag - 31.5 in. x 19.7 in. BAG29

Mesh Grain Bag – 31.5 in. x 19.7 in. from MoreBeer


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

Perfect for Brew in a Bag, this large 31.5″ x 19.7″ bag will fit pots up to 21.5″ in diameter. These polyester bags have 1-inch wide nylon sewn over the seams, making them incredibly strong and resilient. At the opening of the bag the nylon forms 4 loops, making great handholds when lifting the bag or attaching to a winch system for large BIAB batches.

  • 63 micron mesh
  • Temperature rated to 230°F (110°C)

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $11.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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Mesh Grain Bag – 31.5 in. x 19.7 in. BAG29

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14.75″ Steamer Rack by Updated International – BIAB False Bottom

Update International-STR1475 14.75" Chrome-Plated Steamer Rack - Silver

Update International-STR1475 14.75″ Chrome-Plated Steamer Rack

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  • Made of chrome-plated material
  • Restaurant quality, great for the home
  • Folding legs to allow the rack to be used flat or elevated
  • Compatible with our SPS and APT line of Update International pots

 

Possible homebrew application: Place in your compatible kettle to keep your Brew in a Bag/BIAB bag from sitting directly on the bottom, helping to prevent scorching.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “biab” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Update International-STR1475 14.75″ Chrome-Plated Steamer Rack – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet – Water Calculations + Narrative Step by Step Directions

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

Why BIAB?

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.


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My brew day spreadsheet helps you calculate water volumes and temps and helps you do simple tracking.

If you’re looking for a powerful, full featured solution for building recipes, brew day tracking and loads more, consider Brewfather.


How I Use Brew Day Spreadsheets

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.

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150 lb Capacity Rope Ratchet [BIAB]

Rope Ratchet 10010 1/4 Inch 8 Feet Long Super Duty Adjustable Rope Clip Tie Down 150-lb Capacity

Rope Ratchet 10010 1/4 Inch 8 Feet Long Super Duty Adjustable Rope Clip Tie Down 150-lb Capacity

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

  • THE BEST: The easy-to-use 1/4″ ROPE RATCHET is the answer to all your tie-down needs for work or play. Whether you need a tie hanger for your plant lamp, grow lights, or power tools we got you covered
  • BUILT TOUGH: The patented design and rugged construction lets you secure a wide variety of loads quickly and easily. The outer casings are made from strong #6 – 33% Glass Filled Nylon with interior mechanisms of Die Cast Zinc. The rope is Solid Braided Polyester or Polypropylene and the hooks are Zinc Plated Steel. Weight Capacity is 150lbs.
  • GET IT DONE: With the ROPE RATCHET you simply attach the two hooks and pull the loose end of the rope to get the secure tightness you need. Feel comfortable using it as a heavy duty hanger, rope light clip, or adjustable rope hanger. With ROPE RATCHET Tie-Downs you never have to worry about stretching, snapping back or loosening
  • SAFE & SECURE: Your load stays secure because the rope automatically locks in place with every pull and stays locked until you release it by pushing the convenient Thumb Release Lever. Comes with 8′ Solid Braided Polyester Rope
  • TRUSTED: Carolina North Manufacturing warrants its products to be free of defects in material or workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Hands down our products will keep you in the game

 

Note from HBF: Given the right setup, this could be helpful as a pulley for a BIAB setup.  Of course, you’ll want a capable place to hang it and want to make sure to stay under the rated capacity.

Rope Ratchet 10010 1/4 Inch 8 Feet Long Super Duty Adjustable Rope Clip Tie Down 150-lb Capacity – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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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.