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Old 11-29-2006, 12:09 AM   #1
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I used a nylon bag for hopping my Pete's Wicked Ale clone yesterday. After I was finished, I emptied it and sprayed it with the kitchen sink sprayer using the hottest water I could run. That got most of the hops residue out, but the bag was still a bit sticky. So I soaked it in hot water for a while and the water eventually gained a green tint. I drained, sprayed, rinsed again. The bag isn't sticky, now, but how do I know it's really clean? This may sound silly, but how do you nylon bag users clean them between brews? I don't think laundry detergent is a good idea, but maybe. Advise, please!

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did you turn it inside out? that helps quite a bit.

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After I rinse mine out in the sink, I run my nylon bags through the clothes washer and dryer. They come out clean and oh so soft and sexy against my skin.

Wait. Ignore that last part. I don't use fabric softener in my dryer, so I don't worry about nasty polymers showing up in my brews.

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did you turn it inside out? that helps quite a bit.
Yes, I did. I think it's clean...I guess...but it's stained a bit the color of the hops (not as dark, of course).
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After I rinse mine out in the sink, I run my nylon bags through the clothes washer and dryer. They come out clean and oh so soft and sexy against my skin.

Wait. Ignore that last part. I don't use fabric softener in my dryer, so I don't worry about nasty polymers showing up in my brews.
Just a little too much info, Eviltwin...
OK, so I may toss it in the washer next time, but air dry it (since we always use those dryer sheets). Thanks!
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I run my nylon grain/hop bags (and the big nylon bags I use for fruit wines) through the dishwasher after rinsing them. I don't use Jetdry or anything like that. Then, I take them out and hang them from the kitchen cabinet's handles until dry. Not too classy, but effective.

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I run my nylon grain/hop bags (and the big nylon bags I use for fruit wines) through the dishwasher after rinsing them. I don't use Jetdry or anything like that. Then, I take them out and hang them from the kitchen cabinet's handles until dry. Not too classy, but effective.

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Hey now, that's a good suggestion! And it's plenty classy enough for me. Thanks!
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If it is the hops bag you're putting in the boil just wash with hot water and PBW if you have it. It is going to get boiled anyway so sanitizing or ultra-clean isn't really needed.

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If it is the hops bag you're putting in the boil just wash with hot water and PBW if you have it. It is going to get boiled anyway so sanitizing or ultra-clean isn't really needed.
Good point! But I don't want it to be sticky or attract critters between uses. We have critters, here in Louisiana.
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Brew more frequently!

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