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Discussion in 'Beginners Brewing Forum' started by Brewer #345301, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. SabreSteve

    SabreSteve Well-Known Member

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    You can always re-mill it. I run my grains through twice. Since it looks like you do smaller batches you could probably use a blender, food processor or coffee grinder. It's very hard to go too fine for BIAB. Long term I still recommend getting a mill. I feel like it's already been worth the investment for me. Keep in mind too that malt typically keep a lot longer when it's not milled so you can buy it in larger quantities and save more money.
     
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    That’s tough to answer, not knowing your setup. I’ve never brewed any other way but BIAB so I can’t really answer the first question, but I suppose that would be a reasonable solution.

    As far as sparging/rinsing the brew bag after mash, in my experience I don’t think that will help your efficiency much, as opposed to just full volume mashing from the start. What I have found is that a thinner mash leads to better efficiency/extraction (whatever the proper term is). So in my kettle, if I mash thick and sparge I *might* only end up where I would have if I had just mashed in full volume to begin with. Maybe less. That’s a bit confusing for sure, and maybe that only applies to my crush/pot/set up. With the crush you are working with, for BIAB, I would probably get better extraction if I mashed with a larger volume of water, didn’t sparge, and just boiled longer. Again, that’s only one brewer’s opinion.

    But really, I would try and find a way to crush your grains finer. Run them through a pulse on a blender if you have to. It’s very difficult to crush too fine for BIAB.

    Good luck. Please keep us posted.
     
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    I'd use the bag even if you decide to sparge, just makes cleanup and handling way easier.

    Maybe walk us through your process before we make wild assumptions? I noticed you had no equipment profile in your recipe either so that will throw things off.
     

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