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Why do all-grain when you can do BIAB?

Well BIAB is all grain brewing. Not to be confused with just steeping specialty grains in extract brewing. If you have a kettle big enough to do a full mash, doing a partial mash and extract is ...
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How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

Toss them in the laundry with your whites. No farbric softner. Then air dry.
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Is there a disadvantage to screening the flour out of my grain before mashing with BIAB?

'Is there a disadvantage to screening my grain to remove the flour before mashing?' Aside from your point about losing extract (the most important thing, really), a few things I can think of: Fine ...
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Is it possible for flavors from the malts to stick with a mash bag?

In practice a nylon bag can become discoloured but it rarely gets so contaminated as to actually affect the flavour of a brew. As long as the bag is cleaned of all debris and thoroughly rinsed it ...
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Why do all-grain when you can do BIAB?

BIAB IS all grain brewing. But it's not traditional multi-vessel brewing. Some batch sparge with a cooler, others fly sparge with a sprinkler, some use a bag for the whole water amount (BIAB). All-...
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Trying to calculate my efficiency correctly

I can see that your post mash and post boil gravities are really off. For example you state an estimated post mash gravity 1.037 after correction, but then have 1.030 post boil. This would only be ...
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Trying to calculate my efficiency correctly

Looks like you are doing it right to me, using those calculators. The only thing that might change your actual # is the calibration temp of your hydrometer. Be sure that it is 20C. Some hydrometers ...
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Brew in a bag - mash temp all over the place

I do normal all grain procedure and the situation is the same. The biggest heat flux will be on outer diemeter of the mash tun. The better the insulation, the smaller the heat flux will be. Usually ...
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BIAB vs mash tun taste test

I think your over whether 'BIAB can achieve the wonders of a mash tun brewing' is only commonly understood as well as questions like 'do I need a starter'? or 'Can I possibly make beer without pure ...
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Mashing bag problem

Sounds normal to me. When I was first reading up about BIAB, it was mentioned in several places that this is an issue. Absorbing 3/4 of 5 gallons seems like a bit much, but it will absorb some (I've ...
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Filtering BIAB wort

I also use BIAB with a bag bought online. The flour from the crushed grain flows pretty freely out of the mash and is present after the boil and chill as a huge cloud settling towards the bottom of ...
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How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

No soap. Don't weaken them in the sun. Just drop in PBW for at least 1/2hr. Rinse in hot water (at least as hot as the water was when you started soaking it). Drip dry
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Are protein rests worthwhile in BIAB?

I do BIAB, and I don't think protein rest has much with extraction efficiency. Mashout temperature has, however: if wort has lower viscosity due to higher temperature, it will better flow from the ...
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Doing BIAB with several smaller bags instead of a big one

A brewster friend had just such a set up for all-grain brewing. It seemed to work well and the beer was fine. It seemed easier to handle the smaller bags as they were not as heavy (or so full of wort)....
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Doing BIAB with several smaller bags instead of a big one

In theory this would work. The only caution would be to make sure your milled grain very well blended to have even portions of each grain in each bag. Since mixing it as a whole as once in the mash ...
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Doing BIAB with several smaller bags instead of a big one

I have been using this method for three years or more, starting off with four bags and then cutting back to three, with between 1.5kg and 2kg per bag. If mixing grain, I split the different varieties ...
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Is it possible for flavors from the malts to stick with a mash bag?

I've not experienced any carry over from stained bags or beer lines for that matter. If it's clean, it's clean. Staining is usually just a pigment change. I guess it's about like tasting a washed ...
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Tips on making a no-chill IPA

I made a great Falconers Flight IPA using no chill last winter. I simply added a sufficient bittering charge 40-50 IBUs at 60 minutes. Then added 3 oz of pellets at Flameout. Put the lid on and ...
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Tips on making a no-chill IPA

I'd suggest you do a basic bittering addition, then do a massive "flameout/cube" hopping, like 3-4oz of something pungent. Ferment with a clean yeast, and that will give you some idea of a baseline ...
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What dimensions should a brew bag be for 5 gallon batches?

I use 5 gallon paint straining bags for 5 gallon BIAB. My suggestion is to buy a two pack (that's how they're sold) and use one as a sizing pattern.
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Brew in a bag partial boil

Yes, you do simply put all grain (crushed!) in a bag. That's the point. However Brewdog's catalog calls for fly sparging, something you simply won't do. With fly sparging, your extraction efficiency ...
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Trying to calculate my efficiency correctly

First, I can't see your images from my work computer so I'll explain it from scratch. Each type of grain (base malt and adjuncts) have a potential yield of sugar. For simplicity's sake, we'll use ...
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Why do all-grain when you can do BIAB?

I have not had any issues with efficiency with my BIAB setup. But it does takes time to understand how your system works and I squeeze the hell out of my bag. (Without a single issue with astringent ...
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Should you put entire grain bill through Protein Rest?

I tried wheat and rye only twice. First time I put all my grain thorough beta-glucan and protein rests. There was little to no foam. Second time, I did it only on unmalted grain, malted rye and malted ...
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How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

A good old fashioned hot water soak, a brewing sanitiser and sun bleach to dry will do the trick. Sometimes that plastic smell you describe is impossible to completely get rid of though. At least you ...
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Sparging with BIAB?

Copying most of my answer from https://homebrew.stackexchange.com/a/12575/3925 I've adapted my technique for BIAB over a few batches. These steps are my version of merging BIAB with all-grain and ...
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Is this chill haze?

No that is not chill haze. It is a mixture of yeast, hops, and proteins that form from the hot and cold break. I agree it looks like you have some Starsan in your batch. I learned early swap the blow ...
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Pre-boil volume when doing a separate boil-down

When I do a boil down, I add water at the end if needed. But I care more about boiling to gravity than volume. Keep in mind that your gravity will not change due to the boil down. You're boilng off ...
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Would this grain bill make an Amber Ale?

I figure approximately 20-22 SRM. You might be pushing the color a bit towards the darker end, but it will work I think. Maybe go to 7oz each of the C60 and the Amber.
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How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

Boil new bag in water for a few minutes. Dry in microwave. Clean. Sterile. Done. Repeat for next use.
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