GIAB so I can BIAB then I can FIAB #homebrew
February 12, 2011 2 Comments
Here is an example pic:
The mill works pretty well, but there are some problems:
- It is hard to mount on our counters: The counter have a bottom lip and that makes it hard to lock, but even then you have to leave room for the handle.
- It send stuff up as well as down. This creates quit the mess.
- The Minions got tired grinding by hand, time for a motor.
The Solution for #1 was tricky. For #2 I came up with a really ghetto box configuration:
I tried some pizza boxes and other ideas, but then I found the box. The box was a random box. I cut a whole in the end the shape of the grinding mill. Then closed the lid. It worked really well, but it did not solved the mounting issue, or the power.
When I went to find the right bolt to power it with my drill, I searched the net. Good thing I did since the bolt is metric (.125 thread pitch, 13mm head bring your bolt into the hardware store.)
More importantly, II found this thread:
I went to Home Depot, grabbed the bold and some dryer duct to create a channel out.
But before I built anything I continued to read the 3 year long thread and saw this:
And I liked how contained it was. This solved the spraying grain issues, allowed for motorizing and came with handles! Problem 1-3 solved!
So I had freebie bucket from craigslist and started drilling. In keeping with the ghetto theme, the buckets are permanently stuck.
So now I have Grind in the Bucket (GIAB). Because I Brew in a Bag (BIAB which is really Mash in a Bag), I grind very fine. This seems to be two much for either of my drills, but I have an air compressor so I just use air tools. The biggest problem is keeping the tools slow enough.
Once done I have taken to using Bucket for primary fermentation, mostly because it is easier to dry hop large amount, thus I have FIAB.
So far the biggest problem with GIAB and BIAB has been wildly swinging efficiencies, such as when I brewed the Blackberry Wit (60%) and next week did my Accidental Imperial Stout (94%). I am sure that will just take time to get it smoother.