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Old 05-31-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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For BIAB is there a particular size of paint strainer to use or are they all the same size? Also, do they have a tendenancy to tear when you lift it out of the wort or are they pretty durable?

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Old 05-31-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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AFAIK, paint strainer bags only come in cardboard cones for 1 gallon, 1 gallon bags and 5 gallon bags. The 5 gallon ones are what most people use for BIAB.

I have done 3 BIAB with the 5 gallon bag. There is no sign that there is any weakening. I am not afraid that it will tear or split open.

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I used a 5 gallon strainer on a 10qt pot for a 1 gallon batch and it worked great. I think they're pretty durable but I guess that depends on the amount of grains you're using. One thing i'm not sure if I need to worry about is if it will burn from touching the bottom of the pot.

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Not trying to pee in anyone's Cheerios.. but paint strainer bags aren't even close to being food-grade. I'd shop around for a food-grade grain bag. I don't know if I'm allowed to link items here, so I won't. But there are food-grade grain bags sold by many reputable beer supply websites.

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Used paint strainer bags for biab for years. They work fine. And yes, if they get scorched, they're Swiss cheese. Don't ask how I know.

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Not trying to pee in anyone's Cheerios.. but paint strainer bags aren't even close to being food-grade. I'd shop around for a food-grade grain bag. I don't know if I'm allowed to link items here, so I won't. But there are food-grade grain bags sold by many reputable beer supply websites.
C'mon man, most BIAB's are paint strainer bags, or voile curtain cloth from Walmart. Think curtains are "food grade"?
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The 5 gal bag is a little small in a 10 gal pot. It will work, and I've used one many times, but make sure you have some kind of clips to help hold it to the rim of the pot. I Have one that's on it's 10th batch with no signs of weakening. I'm getting(or making) a bigger one so the grain isn't as compressed in the bag when making bigger beers with a 13Lb + grain bill.

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i got a couple pack of those 5 gallon strainer bags from HD im having my cousin cut the seams on 2 of the bags and sew them together to form a bigger bag so i can do my frist biab ^^ wish me luck will only be my 2nd batch

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I picked up two 5 gallon paint strainer bags from Lowe's for around $3, anyone have any idea how much gain they can handle? I'm thinking of brewing Edworts Robust Porter which is at just about 14 lbs.

Long term I would go with voile material or a curtain, not even sowing it, just clipping to my 9 gallon Bayou Classic.

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C'mon man, most BIAB's are paint strainer bags, or voile curtain cloth from Walmart. Think curtains are "food grade"?
Course not. That's one of the many reasons I don't BIAB : P
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