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Old 08-19-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default Paint Strainer Bag in Mash Tun: Good Idea?

I saw a bunch of threads about using a paint strainer bag in the boil to help filter out hop trub and thought that was a cool idea. I'm using a 10 Gallon Rubbermaid cooler with a false bottom for mashing and was wondering if it made sense to apply the same idea there.

The first benefit would be that it would help to filter out some of the gunk that comes through the false bottom. I have a HERMS rig and the more particles I keep away from the pumps, the better.

Second benefit would be cleanup. Rather than having to scoop all of the spent grains out, I could just lift out the bag.

I guess the only potential problem is an increased risk of a stuck sparge.

Has anyone tried this?

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Actually, I think you'll have LESS risk of a stuck sparge. There was another post about a guy doing exactly what you're talking about (except w/ a grain bag), and he doesn't have any problems w/ stuck sparge, even running his pump full throttle. I can't do that, even w/ my 15" FB in my sanke MLT. The problem w/ a false bottom is that grain kernels clog up the holes. I think I'm going to take a paint strainer and sew it onto my FB. I don't know if a paint strainer bag has the strength to pull the mash out of your cooler. I think I'd get a grain bag for that.

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I brewed a cream ale a couple of weeks ago and forgot I was out of rice hulls. The grain bill was 8# 2-row, 2# flaked maize, and 1# flaked rice. I put a grain bag over my manifold and had zero issues. I even was able to open up the tun tap all the way after the grain bed settled.

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You could probably use a bag, but I suggest you make a bag as 5gallon paint strainer was filled to the brim after 9lbs of grains:

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The Bag part of Brew in a Bag. This bag is a large bag made out of polyester curtain material. The material used is a "Voil" and the local haberdashery should have several different varieties in stock. Pick the one with the finest mesh. Then you need to sew it into a basically a large pillow slip with a drawstring. The bag must , I repeat must, be big enough to completely line the kettle, not just sit inside it. As a rough guide, you should be able to put your kettle into the bag and do up the drawstring. Then you know its big enough. You'll see more pictures of the bag in a bit
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Here ya go. Can hold up to 15 lbs of grain. Good enough for big 5 gal batches, but not really for 10 gal batches. You'd probably need to make one yourself for that.

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Yeah. I'd fear the paint strainers wouldn't hold up to the grain as the were being hoisted out.

As to cleaning the tun, have you got yourself a shop vac?


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Or, you can wait until I try out sewing a layer or two of paint strainer onto my FB. That's the cleanest way I can think for me to help the FB work better.

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Here ya go. Can hold up to 15 lbs of grain. Good enough for big 5 gal batches, but not really for 10 gal batches. You'd probably need to make one yourself for that.

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I have one of these and it can line a 10 gallon cooler with room to spare. the 15 lb limit may refer to lifting the grain and the ability to hold weight, as it has the volume to contain more than that.

I think the shop vac idea is brilliant. I usually carry the tun and dump it, but if my back was injured... great thought. Gotta clean that vac out though... imagine the smell after a few days!
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The shop vac idea is good. Although, that just transfers the dumping problem to another vessel.

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Here ya go. Can hold up to 15 lbs of grain. Good enough for big 5 gal batches, but not really for 10 gal batches. You'd probably need to make one yourself for that.

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Thanks for the link. I wasn't thinking about the volume of the bag before so that may be just the ticket.
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