I am a new brewer but I am hoping to get started with all grain brewing after I finish a couple of extract kits. As I brought up in an earlier thread I am planning on doing small batches only (a final volume of 1.5 - 2.0 gallons into bottles would be perfect).
I like the idea of BIAB but I would like to change the plan a little bit, so my idea is this:
- Use an unmodified 3g or 5g rubbermaid cooler
- Pour the grains in a bag, bag into the cooler with half of volume of water needed
- normal mash for 60 minutes
- pull the bag
- pour the wort from the cooler into my pot
- grains back into the cooler
- sparge water into cooler (the other half of my boil volume)
- sparge for 10 minutes, pull bag, pour wort into pot
- the rest is normal brewing
Does this sound like a reasonable plan? My reason for doing this is mainly because I have an electric stove and doing more than a few gallons at a time is a major pain. I could also use a burner in the garage and using a cooler rather than traditional BIAB will be easier in the winter months (can move the cooler inside while mashing). I realize I need to calculate the total water needed taking grain loss into account, but I am more curious if my 1/1 mash/sparge ratio will work.
Thanks in advance.