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Old 07-13-2006, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default Damn damn damn... boil without grain bag?

Hey-

I bought my supplies today, am planning to brew tonight (like 11 PM), and I forgot to buy the nylon grain bag!

So, 2 questions:

1) Can I use something in place of it?
2) If not, can I just yank it out with a strainer or something? Crap crap crap...

Help tonight would be appreciated!

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Old 07-13-2006, 03:22 AM   #2
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SWMBO's panty hose sans crotch

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What... you mean they make panties WITH a crotch?

Haha, thank you very much. You are quite a help!

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Make sure you boil/sanitize it first. You don't want any off flavors...

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the strainer is also a perfectly fine choice.

I;ve actually been considering not using any bag at all for my steeps.

Pantyhose or an overfilled grain bag will cling pretty tightly to the grain 'wad' and won't allow as much circulation of water around the grains to get the goods out. Letting them flow loose in the water is closer to what the AG guys at the start of their mash, and will get a better extraction of color and flavor from the grains.

Anyway... that's my thinking as of late.

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All right, I think the strainer it is then, I'll just try to dig it all out or something, or maybe filter it briefly into a clean bucket, then back to the pot for the boil (therefore no worry about sanitizing, eh what?)

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All right, I think the strainer it is then, I'll just try to dig it all out or something, or maybe filter it briefly into a clean bucket, then back to the pot for the boil (therefore no worry about sanitizing, eh what?)
exactly strain it into another pot, then transfer the liquid back to the original pot and get your boil going. It's all going to be boiled, so no need to santize any of the stuff.
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Do you have a coffee strainer? On my current brew i thought that there were to many bits of floating hops after i chilled to 75, so when i racked i put it through my sanitized metal filter from my coffee pot. you might try that, it is so fine that coffee grounds will not pass through it.

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pour the grains through the panythose and the strainer at the same time

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iver never had a problem steeping the grains in a seperate pot and just straining through a wire mesh kitchen strainer. which should catch most everything since you should only be barely cracking the grains anyway before the steepage.

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