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Old 04-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #71
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Brewed the barleywine I had been planning (16.25 lbs of grain) in the newly re-inforced bag - went swimmingly. I decided not to double-bag it and just see how the single bag did (thanks Vellum - your post inspired me) - and it was great.

Additional support definitely seemed like a bonus... I was also careful about how much hanging it did while draining the grain (didn't want to put undue stress on the seems), but was still able to get mid-70's efficiency on a big beer (1.083).
Happy to be an inspiration. Upon inspecting my bag after washing it, I found the seams to be a little puckered (I am assuming from the weight). It did just fine and the puckering may be normal but I think I'll reinforce the seams to be safe. We were shooting for 1.084 in a 6 gallon batch. I believe we hit low 80's or upper 70's in efficiency. Too lazy to punch it up and check. Really a great bag, can't wait to brew with it again.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:57 PM   #72
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How's everyone's bags holding up?

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Thanks for the helpful review, 241. I have had trouble locating a source of fine-mesh bags for BIAB that will fit my 10 gal. 16" dia. pot. The 24 x 24 bags I have won't quite fit - 24 x 2 / pi ~ 15". I originally bought those from MB for my 5 gallon pot.

I just placed an order for a couple of the 29" x 29" bags from MB.

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Thanks for the helpful review, 241. I have had trouble locating a source of fine-mesh bags for BIAB that will fit my 10 gal. 16" dia. pot. The 24 x 24 bags I have won't quite fit - 24 x 2 / pi ~ 15". I originally bought those from MB for my 5 gallon pot.

I just placed an order for a couple of the 29" x 29" bags from MB.
Hope it fits!
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:22 AM   #75
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I am a fan of Morebeer. I have had their bags blow out the side.... my first batch ever actually. They replaced it, without a problem next order... morebeer is excellent service. Also longer term use, I have two bags that have seen about 10 batches and the reason I was looking into bags at all was because mine are about to break in a few areas along the seems. I wish they had better seams because the rest of the material is still holding up well (one is definitely starting to go and I double bag my grains - suppose my squeezing is killing the bag??).

There is someone on HBT that makes bags too, and his seem to be better quality to me, but I have to find him since I am in the market atm, and I think he charged about 15 bucks to stitch them up for us, which I am willing to pay for a more durable bag.

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Update: the 29" x 29" bags I ordered from Morebeer fit perfectly in my 10 gallon kettle. I haven't tried one yet, but the bags appear to be well-constructed.

BTW, the 10 gallon kettle I have is on sale for $92 on Amazon, with free shipping. It's a heavy-gauge, NSF pot with a clad bottom. Can't beat the price.
http://www.amazon.com/Professional-C...nless+40+quart

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Old 10-01-2013, 06:19 PM   #77
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After a few more brews I can see what smeck was talking about. Mine is just starting to unravel at the top seem where the drawstring ties. I will reinforce it with my own stitch as I'm not afraid to pick up a needle and thread. Really a great bag. I am used to reinforcing my purchased bags as they never seem to be meant for repeat brews. Still love the bag and would recommend it to anyone at the price. A little sewing action makes it a lifetime bag. Just sew it up while watching the game on Monday/Sunday. Cheers all

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Well after stitching my bag from more beer up I saw that wilserbrew was having a triple pay combo on his setup. I just couldnt pass it up as I was looking for a pulley system for the patio. The bag arrived today. It looks very hardy with string seams. I'll be brewing with it in the next couple of weeks. My conclusion to all of this is the $5.5 bag is great and works wonderfully, it will most likely need repair from time to time. Wilserbrews bags look much nicer although I can't comment on its use yet. Hopefully this thread has been a good resource to people. I will comment one more time once I've brewed with wilserbrews bag and again should I have troubles with his bag in the future (I don't expect to have any).

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My morebeer bag is holding up well. Every 4 or 5 brews I soak it in oxyclean just to tidy it up. The only thing that has happened is the draw cord got pulled into the bag on one side and it was near impossible to fish it back out. I just took out the cord completely as I don't really need it.
I spin the bag tight after removing it. I then set it in a colander over a bucket. A few squeezes and I'm done.

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I bought 2 of the bags last spring, and have used one on about a half-dozen batches so far. No problems with it--the stitching appears good. I had switched to using a basket (like this) the last couple of brews, so the bag no longer endures as much physical stress. With that, the bag should last quite a while, and I have a second one for when the first one wears out.

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