How I Brew All Grain Beer Using the “Brew in a Bag” Method (BIAB)

How I Brew All Grain Beer Using the “Brew in a Bag” Method (BIAB)

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How I Brew All Grain Beer Using the

I use the BIAB method, and this video is a full brew-day how-to video.
I tried to keep it as short as possible, but there is a lot of steps.
The only step for this beer that was not filmed is the dry-hopping step, but that will take place in a week or two when I rack the beer to secondary. Perhaps I will post an update in another video.

The recipe I am using for this brew came from the Beersmith website, and was called “Galaxy Pond Pale Ale” …but since Galaxy hops are out of season right now, I had to substitute for Citra hops. So I suppose this is a “Citra Pond Pale Ale” Here is the recipe:

Recipe: Galaxy Pond Pale Ale
Brewer: Aaron Wadzinski
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)
Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 6.00 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.46 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 4.75 gal
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 10.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 40.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 73.5 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs 12.6 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 90.6 %
13.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 3 7.8 %
2.7 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 1.6 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 85.0 min Hop 5 21.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 6 7.3 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 4.0 IBUs
0.75 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 7.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 0.0 min Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg English Ale (White Labs #WLP002) Yeast 10
1.50 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] – Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 12.9 oz
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 13.51 qt of water at 161.2 F 149.0 F 60 min
Sparge: Fly sparge with 3.92 gal water at 168.0 F


  1. Great video, easy to watch/understand.   Every beginner should watch this!
    I do mine in a similar way but with a Partial Mash and  shorter boil time.

  2. Francisco Javier Tavares Loredo

    why do you add ice until 100°f? could you do before?

  3. I love your stir plate..I got one of those from thrift store for $3 Bucks.Great recyclable innovation. I am gonna use it too! I am w/you.If it works and it cost a little or next to nothing, I really enjoy the economic.Beats the WmsWarn Alln1 Stickshock thingi $6,800.I'll join your team! Lol Respectfully, Margo

  4. Fantastic video. Was just what I was looking for. Answered all my how to questions. Thanks.

  5. Also, the stir plate out of a Nintendo? That is so boss!!

  6. Fantastic video! Thank you for making it! 

  7. Great vid, but I couldn't help but notice, you have some serious edema in your extremities. I hope you've been to a doctor and are making steps to keep your health in line. 

  8. Gregory Horwitz

    Excellent video, thanks for sharing your knowledge. And…I love the John Beer T-Shirt, where did you get it?

  9. Haha. did you make a stir plate out of a Nintendo? That's awesome.

  10. Patrick Ryttersten

    +1 on the stir plate design =)

  11. Weldeab Abraha

    great video

  12. its alive, very much alive 😀 Awesome video!

  13. Great video!
    Here's a tip: Before pitching the starter, decant off all that nasty starter beer, add a tiny bit of water to the yeast and swirl it up – then pitch it into the wort!

  14. Wow. Great job. 

  15. Stefán Hilmarsson

    Before you pitch in the yeast, hold a magnet on the side of you flask.Then the stirbar won't fall into the worth. Really good video. Thanks!

  16. What was your final gravity? I don't think shaking the carboy like that imparted enough oxygen in to the post boil wort. Next time try to aerate before pitching the yeast. Cheers. 

  17. Nice video, I was wondering what brand and make of aquarium water pump you used? Seems like a good method.

  18. Only thing this guys got wet is his hops ;). 

  19. You could get a little more efficiency out of your chiller it you run the cold into the top and the hot ou of the bottom ,, Heat rises and you hot wart would be in contact with the coldest part of the chiller. Allso was wondering if you ever considered batch sparging with the BiB ?

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