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Old 02-02-2012, 02:06 AM   #1
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Was surprisingly easy. Got the voile curtain from Lowes for $10 and was able to make 2 bags out of it. Each end has pockets already sewn in it for the curtain rod and so I was able to just thread some webbing through them and use then for a sinch strap. I could have easily gotten another bag out of it. 3 bags for $10 is not to shabby. Cant wait to use them.

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Nice! I sew about as well as I fly-fish (looks good at the beginning, rapidly deteriorates), but am looking for the right bribe for SWMBO...seems like the way to go!

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Am I the only one who's lost on this one?

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What did yoiu use to sew the bag together? Hand or machine? single or double stitch? I hav ehesitated making a bag out of shower curtain material because 1. I have not yet done my first BIAB and 2. the paint strainer I bought was stitched and had a sealant on it. Don't want my bag to split when I first lift it from the pot.

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He made a polyester-mesh bag for mashing grain.
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I used 2 yards of voile last night and it was strong enough to lift 4.5lbs of wheat plus all of the water it absorbed, which I calculate to be nearly 2 gallons. That's about 20lbs. of weight.

I didn't stitch a bag, though. Just pushed the material into the pot and used clothes-pins where it was remotely close to the pot's edge. I'd prefer a bag, but I don't sew, nor does SWMBO, and I'm not sure the neighbor lady would know what I need.

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He made a polyester-mesh bag for mashing grain.
Thanks! Oh, that's pretty cool.
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Was single stitched on a sewing machine. In the end it was big enough to put my pot on. As far as strength goes, based on some "pull tests" I think it should hold. I may try doubling the bag (since I made two of them) the first time just in case, but it appears to be pretty strong. It was nice that both ends of the curtain already had a pocket sewn in them. It was easy to just thread a rope (or in my case, some polyester webbing) through the pocket and make a nice pull string. I used polyester thread for the stitching.

I guess I was shocked at how easy it was. Next plans are a reflectix "jacket" for the mash and possibly a hop spider with some of the leftover material. I also plan on doing a trial run with water to see what my temperature drop is with the reflectix jacket.

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No worries about any sort of treatment that might have been applied to the fabric at the factory?

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Nice! I sew about as well as I fly-fish (looks good at the beginning, rapidly deteriorates), but am looking for the right bribe for SWMBO...seems like the way to go!
I picked up a yard of 100% polyester voile this week and am hoping to convince SWMBO to sew it up for me with her machine this weekend myself. I'm thinking foot massage, sit-down Thai dinner, or something along those lines.
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