Discuss and share tips & techniques for all grain and partial mash brewing.
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- Joined: |13 May 2014|, 20:37
I brewed my first beer in 10 months yesterday - a 'classic' west coast IPA. I thought I'd have to shake out some cobwebs since it's been so long but it ended up being my smoothest brew day ever, and I even surpassed my previous efficiency 'record.' Numerous people at the homebrew shop told me BIAB was a bad way to go and that I'd only be able to get 50-60% brewhouse efficiency if I was lucky. I don't drink very much and only see my friends once in a blue moon, so making 3-4 gallon batches is more than enough for me, not necessitating a larger all grain setup.
For those who have brewed using the BIAB method, what kind of brewhouse efficiency were you able to achieve? Is 88% something to even write home about or is it the norm?
Thanks! And really nice to be getting back into brewing. I had a bit of dread when beginning but it all melted away once I smelled that mashing wort.
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- Joined: |24 Mar 2011|, 10:28
- Favourite Beer: Pilsners
- Location: Cavan, Ont.
88% is pretty good. I get 81% with my Robobrew.
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- Joined: |08 Apr 2013|, 12:22
- Favourite Beer: Homebrewed beer
- Location: Bowmanville, ON
88% is pretty impressive. When I used to BIAB I was lucky to get any more than 70% efficiency, often lower. I've switched to a Robobrew as well, but I'm not convinced it's the same thing.
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- Joined: |26 Sep 2015|, 01:01
- Favourite Beer: Stouts
- Location: Bonnyville, Ab
BIAB is hard to get efficiency above 70% without recirculation. You did good. I use a robobrew and am usually 75-85.
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- Joined: |02 Dec 2013|, 23:22
- Favourite Beer: HomeBrew
- Location: Parry Sound District
Low efficiency is a falacy with BIAB. I have always brewed using this method and I get at least 75 - 79% efficiency. Some at 83%. There are only a couple brews it dropped to aound 71%.
Using Biabicus is flawless. Great spreadsheet.
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