I have questions and hope to learn from anyone with direct experience with brewing in a basket in a keggle, which I am trying to transition to. I've historically done extract and mostly now all grain brewing using an igloo cooler for a mash tun, and a Budweiser keggle as my brewpot. I am ready to move on to BIAB (grain basket in a Keggle). I have several questions for anyone who has done this. BTW - I know about using a bag, and that there are kettle/basket combos out there but I am dead-set on using my beer keggle and a grain basket. Anything you can share with me about that would be of interest to me. I attached a picture of my rig, which I am fabricating now.
What size basket did you use for your keggle, width and height and hole size in microns? I believe it is important for the basket to be as large as possible relative to the keggle volume. Or is that really critical? I want to be able to do 5 gallon brews and a 10 gallon brew occasionally. What height should the basket be? Where did you get your basket, I know about Utah Diesel as one source? At this point my keggle has a 12 inch hole cut into the top of it, and I'm thinking of either making that larger or cutting off the entire top of the keg. I am going to modify my current dip tube so that the feet on the basket are as short as necessary (right now the dip tube would require the basket to be 3" off the keggle bottom). How can I lower the 3" clearance to my dip tube? I would like to drop that to at least 1.5" from the keggle bottom. My temperature probe is currently 2.5 inch stem so that has to be removed also (or changed), and I might replace that with a stubby if I can find one with a short enough stem. What did you do to measure temperature in the keggle before putting the grain baske
t in. I will measure mash temperature with a probe inserted into the mash directly from above. BTW my drawing does not show the winch and cable for hoisting the basket. Thanks in advance I hope you can give me some feedback. If pics would help you understand my questions I can take some. Thanks, Mike