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Old 10-06-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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I don't have a brewing store near me and I was wondering if anyone had any alternatives to the nylon straining bag everyone seems to want to use. Could I use a tea steeper for the hops?

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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Run to Lowes/HomeDepot/Ace Hardware and get some paint strainer bags. They have 5 gallon, and 1 gallon, and they work great.

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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When I'm using whole hops on a brew day I have a lingerie laundry bag that I use. It's a bit of a pain because of the zipper but it has larger holes so the hops get soaked faster and it also drains faster.

Plus... it's a lingerie bag.

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Try these:
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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I don't have a brewing store near me and I was wondering if anyone had any alternatives to the nylon straining bag everyone seems to want to use. Could I use a tea steeper for the hops?
G'day mate you can use a tea steeper but you will need a big one, this ones 120mm x 65mm easy to clean if you can't get one and you want one let me know
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The problem with the standard metal "tea" strainers is they can compact the hops, so you need a big one, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Extra-Large-Ju...ref=pd_sim_k_8

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I use pairs of nude panty hose that I boil with three water changes. This does a pretty good job holding pellet hops.

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The problem with the standard metal "tea" strainers is they can compact the hops, so you need a big one, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Extra-Large-Ju...ref=pd_sim_k_8

How does that compare to using the muslin bags for just steeping grains? If I didn't save my previous bags from past brews, I'd been screwed on this last batch. Is the metal strainer a better option, or do I need to hit my local Lowe's or Home Depot?
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I use the bags, and I squeeze them at the end with my $6 Home Depot bought heat resistant chemical handling gloves.
So I don't use the mesh ball.

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Old 10-08-2012, 05:28 PM   #10
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Using the large steeping basket, is it a pain in the ass to add more hop additions?

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