Brewing with Tonté

A blog about creating beer at home

My First All Grain BIAB

3 months ago · 2 MIN READ

Recently I had a birthday and bought myself all the gear I needed to go from doing simple kits and extract brews, to all grain brewing using the BIAB technique.

I bought:

  • 50L pot
  • Electric element
  • Thermowell
  • A ball valve tap
  • A hop spider

A good mate of mine threw me a temperature controller, and a couple of extra kegs.

I'm not much of a DIY kinda guy so struggled a little to get the holes drilled in the pot, but got there in the end, and finished off the project in a weekend.

I had been working on my own recipe for a couple of weeks. Just playing around with ideas in my head etc. I really liked the idea of doing a series of SMASH (single hop and single malt) Ales, to help me learn some of the different hop varieties. I will probably repeat the same experiment to learn about some malts too.

After reading some articles and tasting a few professionally brewed varieties of American Pale Ale.

I ended up landing on a very simple recipe using 5kg of Pale Ale malt, and 100g of Simcoe hops. I plan on recreating this recipe usiing different hops, so I can do some comparisons.

The recipe can be found here

The day went pretty well over all. However I did overshoot the mash temp a little, mostly due to make not being diligent, when I was already aware (from some earlier testing) that the controller wasn't really going to be as accurate that I would need.

The other issue, I missed my OG by miles. Apparently this can be expected for first time brewers. Happy enough to learn from this one.

The following images represent the day making this brew, and a more detailed log can be found here

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Tony Quilkey



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