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Old 06-17-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default BIAB without the Nylon Bag?

Hi all. Im looking for some advice on replacing the nylon bag with something, well, less plasticy. Any ideas on stainless mesh bags or natural fiber material?

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Old 06-17-2011, 02:52 PM   #2
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Get a yard of the stuff that sheer drapes are made of and sew it up by hand. Costs 3 bucks, takes 20 minutes and you're good to go. I've been using my bag for about 6 batches now.

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Old 06-17-2011, 02:56 PM   #3
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5 GALLON paint strainer bags are nice....2 for $3.00 at LOWES.

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Thanks for the replies so far.

Isnt the curtain material and the paint strainer bags synthetic material?

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I believe they are....I misread the OP

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you might be able to find a woven natural hemp material. it would hold up to the temps as well as the acidity of the mash. The only problem would be finding some that was not so tightly woven that it made draining the mash impossible. That's where synthetic materials really show their stuff. strong and the fibers don't swell with liquid. They also do not add any off flavors to the mash. You can find stainless mesh, but it's expensive and you still have to figure out a way to solder/sew it into a workable bag.

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Oh, I didn't realize my drapes were synthetic... I guess they are polyester. I'm having no problems with it, if that helps.

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Voile material can be purchased in Cotton. However I doubt it will last very long. They do make natural cloth bags see http://www.breworganic.com/largeorga...ainingbag.aspx btw - not advocating this vendor as I really don't like them, had a bad experience several years ago with them. Don't think that bag is large enough for a BIAB, but you get the idea.

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Some loose-weave unbleached muslin might work if you can find it. Not sure how it will hold up over the course of a number of batches, but certainly worth looking into.

Cheesecloth normally comes in natural materials, but might not be strong enough.. I've never really worked with it.

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cotton will last a couple of batches... of course it will fail at some point and just hope it isn't as you lift the bag from the kettle.. cheese cloth isn't strong enough and it's really too loosely woven as grain will pass through the weave.
@OP what is the reason, if you don't mind me asking, why you want a natural bag as opposed to synthetic. Synthetic adds no flavor to teh mash and is PH neutral.

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