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good quality BIAB grain bags?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julian Melville Oct 17, 2018. 4 Replies

Hey all,This question has been asked before but not for a few year from what I can see.Has anyone found a local source (NZ or AUS) for good quality, potentially custom made brew-in-a-bag grain…Continue

Hydrometer discrepancy?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Ashman Feb 3, 2016. 6 Replies

I took a sample of a cider that has been fermenting for a couple of weeks. I spun and bounced the hydrometer a few times to make sure there were no bubbles and it wasn't catching on the sides of the…Continue

First cider advice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Ashman Jan 29, 2016. 10 Replies

Hi all,I'm going to attempt my first cider and was after some advice.Has anyone come across a source of cider apple juice (100% apple juice, no additives or preservatives, ideally with a good mix of…Continue

Custom stainless mesh basket for single vessel setup?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Dean Apr 27, 2016. 17 Replies

Hi all,I'm trying to find someone to make me a custom stainless steel mesh basket to replace my grain bag for my 63L pot. This way I can easily lift the basket out and let it drain and don't need a…Continue

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Julian Melville replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"I started with a homemade one, it was good but not quite the right shape for my kettle and I ended up snagging it on something. I've now got one of the ones from brewinabag.com, they're really good. If you can get a few people together to…"
Oct 17, 2018
Chig replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"DIY is the way to go here. joseph is spot on regarding material - voile can be had cheaply at local fabric stores, Briscoes, Spotlight, The Warehouse, etc for a reasonable price. From there, either go with a simple pillowcase design or you can find…"
Oct 15, 2018
joseph replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"My wife is professional sewer, the one she made for me is still going strong. I think material choice is important, bought ours from spotlight. She made a cylinder shape to match the pot shape."
Oct 14, 2018
Jonny H replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"I can definitely vouch for the bags from bagbrewer.com - they are seriously well made. I've brewed about 30 batches off the one I had made and it's still as solid as new. Yes it's priceyish but I'm a firm believer in you pay for…"
Aug 17, 2018
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good quality BIAB grain bags?

Hey all,This question has been asked before but not for a few year from what I can see.Has anyone found a local source (NZ or AUS) for good quality, potentially custom made brew-in-a-bag grain bags?The cheap one I bought from my local home brewing supplies store lasted one brew and got a small hole in it. I'm after something a bit sturdier made of stronger material with better stitching and handles.Here are a few examples of ones that look really good but end up being quite pricey when you…See More
Aug 17, 2018
Ben Dean replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Custom stainless mesh basket for single vessel setup?
"My last one from brewshop was pretty disappointing, it was listed as large but is nowhere near big enough for my 50L pot. It's got a really fine weave so I use it to filter out hops when transferring to secondary after a big dry hop. I'm…"
Apr 27, 2016
Sam DT replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Custom stainless mesh basket for single vessel setup?
"No worries, brewshop used to have really good ones that would fit a 70l pot (I've been using mine for a year and a half) but from what I've heard they've gone to smaller 50L ones made from voile"
Apr 24, 2016
Ben Dean replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Custom stainless mesh basket for single vessel setup?
"Thanks for the reply. I'm not planning on recirculating, I'm just doing straight forward BIAB. I'll give Finney's Homebrew a shout as the SS filter idea came about more because of my struggle to find a decent bag than anything…"
Apr 23, 2016
Sam DT replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Custom stainless mesh basket for single vessel setup?
"If you're recirculating you'll want solid sides to get the flow heading down through the grain bed but if you're just standard biabing then something like this should be fine. I'm about to order a rack from the place in Auckland…"
Apr 23, 2016
Ben Dean replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Custom stainless mesh basket for single vessel setup?
"I know I'm digging up an old thread here but keen to hear from anyone using something like this as I'm considering going this route myself. Cheapest I've found is this one although postage is a…"
Apr 23, 2016
Daniel Ashman replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Hydrometer discrepancy?
"Good idea. I will try this. Based on my calculations the difference in the 2 readings is too high to be accounted for due to temperature calibration difference alone."
Feb 3, 2016
Aarad Russell replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Hydrometer discrepancy?
"I've heard of the paper scale slipping inside the hydrometer. You might want to try it in water (as close to the hydrometers rated temperature as you can) which will hopefully give you a result around 1.000 SG. You should be able to…"
Feb 3, 2016
Druid replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Hydrometer discrepancy?
"In my experience, there's not really anything else which could affect the gravity beside temp (and further fermentation) - you've noted the only other possibility (gas bubbles sticking to the hydrometer bulb - but 12 points is perhaps too…"
Feb 3, 2016
Chig replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Hydrometer discrepancy?
"There are calculators that can correct refractometer final gravity readings. Also, how does it taste? You'll notice a difference between 1.013 (a nice residual sweetness) and 1.001 (dry as a bone!)"
Feb 2, 2016
Daniel Ashman replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Hydrometer discrepancy?
"Other than temperature is there anything else that could be happening over an hour to cause the reading to change so dramatically? I'll take another reading in the next few days and see what it comes out as. I also have a refractometer but…"
Feb 2, 2016
Druid replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion Hydrometer discrepancy?
"I would trust the first reading, where you know the sample temperature (although at 24*c, you should use the adjustment chart that came with the hydrometer to adjust for temperature - most hydrometers are accurate at 20*c). I notice you are in…"
Jan 30, 2016

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