Getting started with BIAB (Brew In A Bag) Brewing July 22, 2015 20:37
Want to start brewing with minimal investment? Are you already brewing using extract and want to move to all grain? Already brewing using the all grain method and looking for a quicker, easier method that requires less space and less cleaning? If your answer to any of the above questions is "Yes!", then BIAB is the method for you!
Here's a quick list of what you will want for equipment if you're looking to get started in BIAB. Keep in mind, this is a general list and preference may vary from person to person.
The most common batch size for homebrewers is 5 gallons, and this is because it's the perfect size to fill one cornelius keg (19 liters). If you're aiming for a 5 gallon batch, we suggest brewing with a 15 gallon pot. The 15 gallon pot will give you plenty of room for high gravity brews, and will also allow you to brew the odd 10 gallon batch if you want. If a 15 gallon pot just isn't feasible, a 10 gallon pot will work, but can limit you when it comes to higher gravity beers and will prevent you from brewing larger batches.
You can generally find a suitable pot at your local homebrew shop, or at a restaurant supply store. Here in Canada, a 15 gallon stainless steel pot can be purchased for $115CAD.
Depending on your batch size, you may be able to use your stove as a heat source. Our suggestion is for anything 5 gallons or larger, that you use a dedicated heat source. A "turkey fryer" style propane burner is a high powered, low cost heat source for brewing. Some people prefer electric, and here in North America, hot water heater elements are a widely used method to heat wort for homebrewing.
In Canada, a turkey fryer can be purchased as cheap as $60CAD at most hardware stores.
You get that from us ;) We offer a few different styles. One is designed specifically for square coolers - this is a hybrid BIAB method that is outside of the scope of this discussion. The other two bags (classic & premium) are basically the same, except the premium bag includes a ring of webbing with a velcro strap around the top. The webbing and strap are designed to secure the bag in place while it's in your pot.
Our bags are $34.99 and $39.99CAD, with free shipping world-wide!
The chiller is designed to chill the wort (unfermented liquid) after you're finished boiling. Using a chiller is fairly standard procedure, however, some people feel the chiller is an unnecessary piece of equipment. If you do a quick search for "homebrew no chill method" you'll find a lot of information on this topic.
A standard immersion chiller can be found for about $85CAD, but as mentioned, this item may be considered optional.
You'll still need your other equipment - buckets, carboys, transferring lines etc., but you can get by with just a couple of food grade buckets, and some siphon hose to transfer the liquid.
As you can see, getting started with brewing using the BIAB method is easy and inexpensive. The necessary equipment can be found new for as low as $210CAD.
What are you waiting for? Order your BIAB bag now!