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Old 09-20-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Anything I can use instead of a grain bag?

I forgot to order a grain bag to steep my grains. Anyone have any suggestions on anything I can easily obtain to do this?

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Old 09-20-2006, 07:46 PM   #2
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I've fashioned a bag out of cheesecloth. I think others have used - NEW, CLEAN - pantyhose.

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Pantyhose has dye in it

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You might go to a paint store and get a paint strainer bag. They are about the same.

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I've never tried it but I'd assume you could just steep your grains without any sort of grain bag and strain the grains out with a fine strainer.

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I've never tried it but I'd assume you could just steep your grains without any sort of grain bag and strain the grains out with a fine strainer.
This is how I do it. Just add the grains loose. Strain them out with a stainless kitchen strainer. Remember, since this is pre boil, it just needs to be clean- you do not have to worry about sanitizing the strainer. I tried grain bags a couple times, and I feel that you get a better result with the loose grains, as you can stir them in the middle of the soak/minimash, and you can also run some sparge over them to get to the size boil that you do. I do 3 gal boils, so I normally do a 1.5G soak/mash striking with 160*F water and and sparging with 155*F to make 3Gal in my brewpot. I run my soak in my oven, since it has a very accurate digital temp control.
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Pantyhose has dye in it
I use pantyhose for hops, I imagine it would work for steeping grain. I don't notice any off flavors from the dye.........
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A strainer works really nicely. And it cleans up easily and can be used over and over.

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my last batch I used a net laundry bag that was new. I thought the holes in the netting might be too big, but I was using uncrushed grains too, and it worked fine.......better than fine, I told my wife "Hands Off! This is mine now!" ....... Actually it cost me 3 of my Cream Ales to her........ Ah well........

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I noticed that a large stainless kitchen strainer or sieve (looks like a domed window screen) sits on top of my brew pot without falling in and it allows the grains to be completely covered with water. Simple, reusable and it only lets the finest bits of husk into the wort.

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