Dear Brew Bag Rex,
Name: Bob P.
Body: Just finished batch 142 using the same bag for all batches. Noticed a small hole near the bottom of the bag so I'll be retiring my old friend. Excellent service, I'd say. Thanks.
I just bought a Brew Bag. I was interested in using it to reduce costs by going all-grain without adding equipment. Once I had “stepped into” all-grain with the bag, I was planning to add equipment over time to get to that “authentic” all-grain brewing experience.
SCREW THAT! Now I am EXCITED to go whole-hog into all-grain home brewing by simply adding a bag and a pulley. My friend’s chickens get more spent grain, I make the same quality (or better) beer for less per batch, and I haven’t added any equipment, costs, space or even much time to my process. WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN.
Thank you HBF and BIAB!!
Will T 10/8/15 - from "Dispelling Brew In a Bag Misconceptions" on HBF.
Just brewed my 75th batch with the same bag. No evidence of any structural problems. What an awesome product. Thanks!
Bob P 2/24/16
Awesome bag! Brewed my first BIAB this weekend and everything worked out great. Used a pulley system to lift it up, then squeeze it. Hit my initial numbers exactly! Thanks for a great product!
David S had this to say about WTGR (Water To Grain Ratio)
I generally do 2 quarts per pound, then use the remaining water needed to rinse to my desired volume, or to mash out.. Works for me. Since I learned the techniques Rex mentioned above, I never miss my gravity. As I said, there is only so much sugar in the grains. Higher WTGR ratios actually improve efficiency, and whatever kind of brewer you are, I suggest strongly considering a quality voile bag as part of your lautering system. When I use my 3v Gravity system, I use a voile bag. I no longer have to vorlauf and I can grind finer. The end result is consistently higher efficiency. I average 82.5% BIAB and 78.9% 3 vessel.
I just wanted to let you know that I used my new bag for the first time on Saturday. It was great! I had a lot less mess because it fit the cooler perfectly, allowed me to raise it so it drained properly and I was able to easily do a dunk sparge with it in the brew kettle.
Thanks much for the great product
I just received my brew bag. WOW, the quality is incredible.
Thank you so much for this great product!
(The sticker goes on the kegerator)
Just brewed batch number 50 with my bag. Looks like it will go another 50! Thanks for such an excellent piece of craftsmanship.Bob P
2014 AHA Homebrewer of the Year.
I started BIAB about a year ago and am a huge fan and advocate of the brewing method. The only weak spot I found was the bag itself. The brew bag is my fifth purchased bag in less than a year — others were not fine enough, didn’t last past a few brews or were cheaply made and fell apart. My wife had made a bag that was pretty darn good… but did not have webbing and had to be lifted with a strainer from the brew kettle. She said a new sewing machine would help…
So now I have The Brew Bag.
I was excited when The Brew Bag came in the mail. The product was very well made with reinforcing straps and cross stitching at the pressure points. I was very happy with the bag - just wished it has a drawstring or elastic at the top so I could avoid using clips on my pot.
I brewed a batch of Porter using the same recipe I have used for BIAB before. I milled the grain at .30 instead of .37 to test if the bag was going to work for me. At the end of the brew my OG was .6 points higher! Good clean wort and easy as a breeze to lift it out. I use a block and tackle suspended over the pot to remove the bag.
I rinsed the bag and inspected it for damage from my metal mash paddle. The bag was in perfect shape with no dings, tears, or damage.
I will be using this bag from here on and am very impressed with the quality and the value. If you are just getting in to all-grain I urge you to start with Brew in a Bag. If you are already brewing in a 2 or 3 vessel system, give BIAB a try. Less work, less cleanup, and less time in the brew day.
Either way, you can’t go wrong with The Brew Bag!
Brewed another batch of my watermelon wheat "Spittin' Seeds" tonight, ended up with an OG of 1.042 with an efficiency of 80% on a 5 gallon batch. Kept my mash right at/around 156 for the whole hour, and made sure I stirred and pulled the grains off of the bottom every 15 minutes. I still can't believe what great efficiency you can get out of BIAB without all the fancy equipment. AND my wife loves that I'm not taking up the whole garage.
Jason D. 5/15/15
Just had a chance for the first time to use the bag you made me for a 58 gallon drum. Here is a couple pictures of the bag hanging from a winch with over 400 lbs in it. As you can guess I am very happy with it.
Now that Ive been using BIAB, I've been charting gravity readings every 5 minutes during each brew. Usually I get full conversion in the 35-40 minute range but this one took around 90 minutes at 150 deg mash temp. I understand that conversion takes longer at "lower" temps but this surprised me. However, I did get compaction in the grain bed as I was recirculating with the RIMS and I had to stir the mash more frequently than I've had to in the past.
Joe K 5/10/15
Rex. I need to order a second bag for another 160 quart cooler.
You prob have the measurements from my previous order. If not cooler measurements are below.
These bags rock!!!!
I'm just writing to say thanks for a great product. Works well and is a real time saver. Did my first run with it as a no sparge BIAB, going to try it next with batch sparge step. Lovely to be able to open that valve and let 'er rip without worrying about mash gumming up and getting stuck. Showed it to our other club members at the last meeting and they were all impressed and intriqued by it. Looks very durable too.
Diane G 4/8/15
Used your BIAB bag for the first time yesterday (and yes...I bought one of the original ones you made. Invoice date 8/6/13 and invoice #3!!!!) I have 2 comments to make: 1. This thing is fantastic and 2. Why did I wait so long?? Used it in conjunction with a RIMS tube. Minimal insulation since I let the tube do the work. Hit ALL numbers to the "t" (pre boil gravity, OG and volume) all in ... wait for it... 3.5 hrs! If all brew days are like this I think I will have some equipment to sell.
Joe K 3/22/15
Just received my brew bag in the mail and it fit my 52qt.igloo cooler perfectly. Thanks.. looks and fits great.
1/7/15 Tim H
yeah man! I'll leave a review up on the site first chance I get today. Best thing about that bag is probably that it's so dang easy to clean out! That just blew me away! I dumped the grains, rinsed for maybe 2 minutes, and there was no grain left on it! I don't know how the beer is yet, but a hot scotchie from the wort was awesome, and last nights taste before bottling was fantastic :)
Just wanted to say that you've got a great product. I used your bag for the first time this weekend after using a generic nylon BIAB bag from the LHBS for the better part of a year. It made brew day all the smoother - better fit in the kettle, more even distribution of grains, much easier to lift out, and super easy to clean (my other bag is of a much courser material so grain bits got stuck in everywhere).
Keep it up!
10/6/14 Brooklyn, NY
Also - I encourage more people to attend the tech sessions. Last week Rex Slagel spoke about Brew in a Bag. I admit my first inclination was "Oh man I'm all grain that is for newbies." Everyone really liked what they saw. It isn't anything overly complicated besides a different filter medium instead of a false bottom/manifold/steel mesh. But it cuts out steps in Sparging and Lautering and some clean up.
Getting 1.5 to 2 hours back on a basic one step mash beers sounds pretty good to me! It would be a great option to direct a friend to who is interested in learning to brew or build a system in lieu of even trying kits. Low cost, easy procedure with tested results.
B. Williams - Urban Knaves of Grain Homebrew Club 8/20/14
I have placed my order!
- James W. 2/23/14 Tucson, AZ
- DK, Bolingbrook, IL (Aug. 7, 2013)
- ruddavator (Nov. 17, 2013)
"Great quality. Best BIAB bag I've seen. Thanks.
- scott_56 (Nov. 18, 2013)
"I would give this BIAB bag 6 stars if I could, adding the strapping to the top was well worth the extra money."
- t-bobuckeye (Nov. 28, 2013)