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August 10, 2018
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How to Brew Beer: Electric BIAB

Owner of Clawhammer Supply
How to brew beer using a BIAB system

Here's a guide to brewing beer using single kettle, "brew in a bag" systems, otherwise known as BIAB. This type of brewing is largely the same as traditional 3 kettle system brewing. The primary difference is that the mash takes place as a single infusion and there is no sparge. We're using Clawhammer's 10.5 gallon digital electric system for this demonstration.

How to Brew Using a BIAB System:

Here is a quick video demonstrating the steps below.

Step 1: Create a recipe
Step 2: Fill a kettle with water
Step 3: Heat water to strike temp
Step 4: Grind grains
Step 5: Insert the grain basket and add grains to kettle
Step 6: Circulate wort through the grain bed and mash (60mins)
Step 7: Remove grains and allow them to drain (10 mins)
Step 8: Heat kettle to a boil (crack the lid once boil begins)
Step 9: Add hops while boiling (60-90 mins)
Step 10: Chill to 70F with a flat plate heat exchanger
Step 11: Measure gravity with a hydrometer or refractometer
Step 12: Transfer to fermentation bucket
Step 13: Aerate and add yeast
Step 14: Allow ample time to ferment (7-10 days for ales)
Step 15: Carbonate and drink!

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • I’m assuming this system is 10.5 gallons because larger quantities may necessitate a 220v input? I’d like to brew at the 1-2 BBL level. Do you think this system would be good for brewing and then maybe emptying 1 batch at a time into a 1-2 BBL fermenter?

    Posted by Edward Stark on September 18, 2018

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