Originally Posted by trainwreck
I was checking around and noticed that you can make some w/out even sewing.. just make a big circle, and clip excess to the rim of the pot with binder clips... i was wondering if taht would work as I don't sew and dont have a machine, and it looks like some people have done it.
Sure trainwreck, you can BIAB w/ a big piece of voile in a circle, for a pot 20 X 16.5 you would need a very large piece, say almost 60" IMO. To line the pot this way you end up w/ a lot of folds and pulling the bag might be unwieldy w/ a pot that size. Just my opinion and experience, a bag w/ a drawstring will make it easier and lessen the chance of dumping the mash all about, that being said, It can be done.
Another option is to use two or three 5 gallon paint strainer bags tied off and placed in the kettle, another cheap method that will work. People have also sewed bags by hand FWIW, good luck whatever you choose.