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I'm transitioning to some all-grain recipes and the Brew-In-A-Bab mashing technique seems to be a perfect match for the 2 1/5 gallon batches. Problem is that even the small batches seem to require a 5-gallon pot and I don't have anything that big. I just bought a set of stainless pots for around $20 from Harbor Freight that includes a 4, 3, 2 and 1 1/2 gallon and have been working on a way to get the right amount of starting wort. I ran across this Maxi-BIAB method whereby those crafty Aussies are managing full-size batches of beer in pots just barely larger than the finished wort size. By mashing at capacity in a pot that won't quite fit the boil size and doing a serious dunk-sparge to get more liquid to work with, the boil can proceed with the extra, thinner wort can be added to top up as needed. I've done some testing to determine how well I can hold mash temp and to figure out my boil-off rate and I'm about ready to give it a try. Approximately like this: 4.375 lbs grain +2.625 gallons water in 4 gallon pot Mash 155 degrees for 90 minutes (maximizes efficiency) - Grain absorption should leave 2.125 gallons of high-gravity wort, maybe more with a squeeze 1.125 gallons sparge/mash-out water in 3 gallon pot - Should have minimal loss to grain absorption Pre-boil volume = 3.23 gallons (2.125 gallons strong wort + 1.125 thin wort) - Just fits in the 4 gallon pot if the thin wort is added after strong wort boils and breaks. Boil time of 60 minutes should reduce to just over 2.5 gallons at target OG. Anybody else doing something like this?
Slim Dorilldo IPA Recipe Slim Dorilldo IPA Style American IPA Brewer Batch 4.25 gal All Grain Recipe Characteristics Recipe Gravity 1.075 OG Estimated FG 1.019 FG Recipe Bitterness 90 IBU Alcohol by Volume 7.3% Recipe Color 11Â° SRM Alcohol by Weight 5.7% Ingredients Quantity Grain Type Use 10.00 lb Pale Ale Malt - [Rich, Malt, Biscuit, Nutty] Grain Mashed 1.00 lb Crystal 40L - [Body, Caramel, Head, Sweet] Grain Mashed 1.00 lb CaraPils - [Body, Head] Grain Mashed Quantity Hop Type Time 1.00 oz Simcoe - Bittering woodsy pine, mahogany/walnut wood aroma, with some resinous/candy-like and citrus character. Pellet 60 minutes 1.00 oz El Dorado Pellet 35 minutes 1.00 oz Amarillo - Floral, tropical, and citrus. Excellent flavor/aroma hop for American ales Pellet 5 minutes 1.00 oz Amarillo - Floral, tropical, and citrus. Excellent flavor/aroma hop for American ales Pellet 0 minutes Quantity Misc Notes 0.50 unit WhirlFloc Fining 1/2 Tablet per 5 gallons 15 minutes before flameout 1.00 unit Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast Yeast American: Temperature Range: 59Â°-75Â° F 11.5 GRAMS Recipe Notes Batch Notes
Hello to all, I have been brewing beer for 25+ years. I am going to be posting some recipes here, and offering help to any one who wants to learn to brew with the Mr. Beer Fermenter (LBK). I am a fan of the LBK, and really a fan of just about all of the equipment that Mr. Beer makes. My basic philosophy is that you do not need to spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to brew great beer. And also 2 - 2.25 gallons of beer is just about the perfect size to brew. The ingredient costs are low, the water impact is much lower, the results are great. So feel free to ask questions, and share your experiences as well. Mr. Beer is a great thing even if you aren't using their ingredients, the equipment is great common sense equipment. Is there any recipe or type of beer that people really want to see a recipe for?