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#1 Gusso

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 05:30 PM

So, after a 4-5 year hiatus, I'm back, baby! I made an old school mash tun. My old cube was at least 15 years old. Nothing fancy, just a Lowe's Igloo 10 gallon cooler. Easy, peazy.

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Edited by Gusso, 24 July 2020 - 05:31 PM.

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#2 djinkc

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 05:35 PM

Brew baby, brew

 

my hiatus was a lot longer than yours

 

glad I started again


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Posted 24 July 2020 - 05:47 PM

Nice tun.
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#4 Gusso

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 06:52 PM

May pull it apart tomorrow to trim some of those jagged strands on the mesh tube. Thinking of trying that biab method. Don't want those itty bitty strands tearing up the bag.
Bonus. The Igloo was on sale this week. 39$.
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Posted 24 July 2020 - 06:58 PM

If you biab why do you need the braid at all?
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#6 Gusso

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 07:01 PM

If you biab why do you need the braid at all?


I thought that. Do I actually need it if I go biab? Should I take it off? Just ball valve?
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#7 Gusso

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 08:01 PM

If you biab why do you need the braid at all?


I actually made the tun before discovering the biab. Been out of the game for a while...
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Posted 25 July 2020 - 11:38 AM

I had a mash tun like that and I used a brew bag in addition. I mashed normally and batch sparged the bag just seemed to keep the braid clean and drained better. Now that you have the braid I would use it as it or with a bag and batch sparge.


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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:27 PM

I do not think the braid will cause any issues. Leave it in if you want or take it out to avoid tearing the bag. Just glad to see someone come back to brewing! I know you did a batch of Liquid Stupid but what is next?
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Posted 25 July 2020 - 03:17 PM

I'll do another Liquid Stupid (aka Drunken Monkey) but I might try a dry Belgian yeast (Abbaye?). Also an IPA, one of those tropical fruity type ones. Got a good recioe?
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Posted 25 July 2020 - 03:23 PM

I'll do another Liquid Stupid (aka Drunken Monkey) but I might try a dry Belgian yeast (Abbaye?). Also an IPA, one of those tropical fruity type ones. Got a good recioe?


I do. Will post later.
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Posted 26 July 2020 - 12:31 PM

If you biab why do you need the braid at all?

THIS!


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 02:43 PM

I removed the braid. I stopped by a local brewshop and picked up a sack of German Pilsner (Avengard) malt today.
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Posted 26 July 2020 - 04:15 PM

Also, picked up a pack of that Abbaye dry yeast. Gonna try that with the Liquid Stupid this week.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 07:37 AM

Btw, I used the biab on Saturday and it worked very well. 83% efficiency. Much better than the old braid I had been using for years.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 10:46 AM

Btw, I used the biab on Saturday and it worked very well. 83% efficiency. Much better than the old braid I had been using for years.

What was the OG on that and the grain weight? If  you make a small beer you will be in the 90's.  That is cray good.


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 11:24 AM

I didn't take notes (I should have). I just remembered the 83% when I punched it in at the time. Iirc, I used 13.5# of grain with 3# honey and 1#sugar and put 6 gallons in my fermenter at 1.096.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 01:27 PM

Looking at that calculator, I believe I put 7 gallons in the kettle at 1.065 (obviously before my honey and sugar additions).
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 01:30 PM

I didn't take notes (I should have). I just remembered the 83% when I punched it in at the time. Iirc, I used 13.5# of grain with 3# honey and 1#sugar and put 6 gallons in my fermenter at 1.096.


Correction. I used 14.5 pounds of grain.
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