Jake’s First BIAB (Brew In A Bag)
What up folks! Just wanted to give an update on the home brewing and how it's going! If you look at the BEER CATEGORY here at the blog, you can see that I haven't really talked much about my progression when it comes to home brewing. Back in October of last year when Misty bought me a Mr Beer kit for my birthday, I never thought I would move away from the Mr Beer kits so quickly. I only did 2 batches using Mr Beer and I just wasn't impressed. Now before anybody goes off on me about how you can make good beer with Mr Beer, just know that I'm saying it's not for me! Can you make good beer with it? Yes! BUT, the beer I make, I want to taste better than that! I want to get to the point to where when I sit one of my beers down along with another store bought craft beer, I want the person that tastes them to know that mine taste just as good, if not better than the craft beer!
So, from the Mr Beer kits I moved to extract kits with Specialty grains. I have made 5 batches of beer using these type kits! Is it better than the Mr Beer kits? YES! Is it where I want to be? NO! Even with extract kits w/specialty grains, I'm still not satisfied!
Moving to AG (All Grain)
Since I've started brewing my own beer at home, I've always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be able to brew the best beer possible! After reading and learning so much since that first batch, I knew at some point in time I would be moving to All Grain brewing and moving away from the extract kits! The equipment is a little more costly (and actually it doesn't have to be), but in the long run the ingredients are cheaper and in my opinion, will taste MUCH better! I have already seen a difference from just plain can kits, to specialty grain kits!
Until I could get the equipment that I needed to do All Grain, I thought I would do at least one, if not more, BIAB or Brew In A Bag batches. BIAB is the next step up from extract kits and uses base grains along with and/or instead of LME (liquid malt exract) / DME (dry malt extract). I'm very excited about this first BIAB and at the time of this blog post, the batch is being cold crashed and should go in the keg in about 4 days!
So check out the video below and see my first BIAB! Feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments or suggestions!
Also be sure to check back soon! I have purchased some more equipment that will enable me to move to All Grain Brewing very soon!
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Enjoy the video!