Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Proper Steep Bags

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-31-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
naughtyco
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Rochester, New York, NY
Posts: 38
Default Proper Steep Bags

Just made my first (as of yet no-name) IPA.

After steeping the grains in the water and removing them, my brewing partner (my girlfriend) asked if we just throw out the grains, grain sock and all. She said it seemed like a waste of material. She has a point.

Recommendations for future seep bags? Nylon? Cheesecloth? My bare hands? (just kidding).

__________________
naughtyco is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-31-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
wyzazz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Atwater, OH
Posts: 4,263
Liked 39 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 48

Default

Nylon Paint Strainer bags, the 5gal variety. Get them at the big box stores 2 in a pack. I use one for steeping/minimashing, and one for hops.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
And I'd like to see my 1.080 beers ready from grain to glass in a week, and served to me by red-headed twin penthouse pets wearing garter belts and fishnet stockings, with Irish accents, calling me "master luv gun," but we can't always get what we want can we? :)
wyzazz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-31-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: , Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,572
Liked 398 Times on 310 Posts
Likes Given: 602

Default

+1 the paint strainer bags from Lowes/HD.

__________________
Hammy71 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-31-2009, 09:18 PM   #4
woodstone
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 688
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

ME = Lazy...I use socks and toss spent grains and the sock itself in the compost pile when done...if we did not compost, I've heard you can dry the grains in the oven and feed the birds with them!

I do like the re-usable steeping bags and may try this in the future but think it would be a pain to clean and dry the bags...for me, the socks are not so expensive that I can't use em and toss em.

__________________
woodstone is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-31-2009, 10:50 PM   #5
McCuckerson
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Zebulon, North Carolina
Posts: 655
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hammy71 View Post
+1 the paint strainer bags from Lowes/HD.
How do you seal them?
__________________

"Real men drink their freakin' yeast starters...."

McCuckerson is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-01-2010, 12:58 AM   #6
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: , Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,572
Liked 398 Times on 310 Posts
Likes Given: 602

Default

I use one of these. But before I had this I simply used a binder clip to hold the end of the bag to one of the handles on my pot(s). The thing is huge, so there is plenty of extra to grab with something.

5.jpg  
__________________
Hammy71 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-01-2010, 02:21 AM   #7
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,717
Liked 4367 Times on 3175 Posts
Likes Given: 850

Default

I use the mesh bags from the LHBS. They're pretty cheap, and when I'm done I just dump the grains in the compost or save them for dog biscuits. I turn the bag inside out, and rinse it, then toss it in the laundry. I've had the same bags for years.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-01-2010, 02:58 AM   #8
Rushis
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 289
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by woodstone View Post
I do like the re-usable steeping bags and may try this in the future but think it would be a pain to clean and dry the bags
Nylon paint strainer bags are a breeze to clean. The grain doesn't get caught in the fine mesh and it doesn't absorb any of the wort. A quick rinse and maybe a little detergent if they don't rinse completely clean. Just make sure to fill them with the seam on the outside.
__________________
Rushis is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grain Bags / Muslin Bags? HOP-HEAD Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 02-03-2009 08:02 PM
Opinions on hop bags vs no hop bags? GroosBrewz General Techniques 22 01-22-2009 12:43 AM
to steep or not to steep.. Rico6115 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 08-26-2007 02:48 PM
steep cphair16 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 12-17-2006 12:30 PM
Could I steep more? Desert_Sky Extract Brewing 5 04-14-2006 04:43 PM