Hello what are some tip’s for holding mash temperature when using the BIAB method?
You go as simple as wrapping a blanket around the kettle or using reflective insulation wrap. If your really inclined there was a write up in BYO abut a kettle coozie you can make.
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I use a blanket under my kettle on the floor, then wrap the kettle with a sleeping bag. Never lost more than 2*
I bungee a comforter around my kettle. Hangs right in there.
I made a 2 layer reflectix wrap and then cover with as many blankets that I can find. Last two batches it was pretty cold outside. Lost about 4 degrees each time. I don’t bother stirring all that often as I don’t want to lose any extra heat. I don’t bother trying to heat it back up either since it’s only 1 degree every 15 minutes. Starting at 152°.
3 layers of Reflextix that I sewed together and sewed on velcro closure. I have 2 layers that go on the lid.
I lose about 2 or 3 degrees over an hour, stirring every 15 mins
I don’t stir. I used to then stopped after reading one of those low oxygen brewing articles. I stopped doughing in with electric drill and paint paddle
That sounds nice. I just wrap mine around and pull these tabs through the previous layer. I think reflectix is meant to have an air gap to maximize R value so I stopped at 2 layers.
I leave my kettle on the burner of my brew cart and slip an old sleeping bag over it. Sometimes lose 1 degree on very very cold days but I’m pretty well protected from wind in my basement stairwell. I don’t stir after the dough in, just never had the need to. My efficiency is fine without it and I do a sparge. Not fancy but it works fine.
I mash in a round cooler. It’s still in a bag, but also kinda like regular mashing.
Youve been pretty quiet man. Glad you’re back.
You’re too kind, thanks! Things have been pretty busy at work, so by the time I get to reading posts everything I’d want to contribute has already been said.
I think stirring helps if you have a lot of grain stuffed in the pot. I see a gain in efficiency
The air gaps are kind of built in. There was a post somewhere of a guy who painted his point with the ceramic paint they use to coat oil/gas storage tanks. The pot looked disgusting but it apparently work well.
Seems work always gets in the way with brewing and sampling… ahhh nuts… Sneezles61
The blue one would only lose 1/2 of a degree… Sneezles61
I think the red is a bold statement. Everyone uses orange or blue.