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Old 06-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #11
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Course not. That's one of the many reasons I don't BIAB : P
What could a curtain possibly harbor that wouldn't be destroyed in a 60 min boil?
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I have been using paint strainer bags for years for hops in my boil and rarely do shorter than a 75 minute boil. I'm not buying the "food-grade" argument at all. If someone doesn't want to use them out of personal preference, I'm not going to tell them otherwise but they are used by a huge number of folks and I've never had a problem or heard of anyone having a problem with them.

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I use paint strainer bags for my hops as well. The only concern I have is that the elastic band in them would start to break down when they get old, so I intend to replace mine soon. I don't worry about them being food grade. As far as BIAB goes I ordered a huge grain bag from Austin, and it's basically the same as the paint strainers. It's great for BIAB, since it's big enough to go in an 11 gal kettle.

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Somewhat OT, anyone BIAB in keggles/large kettles? If I get my hands on a sanke or megapot I want to do full volume BIAB so I don't need 3 new vessels.

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I BIAB exclusively and am using a 60 qt commercial stock pot. I made my bag out of a couple of yards of voile. Dozens of batches later (some with 20+ lb grain bills) it shows no signs of weakening.

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I BIAB exclusively and am using a 60 qt commercial stock pot. I made my bag out of a couple of yards of voile. Dozens of batches later (some with 20+ lb grain bills) it shows no signs of weakening.
Are you sure your stock pot is food grade?


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I BIAB exclusively and am using a 60 qt commercial stock pot. I made my bag out of a couple of yards of voile. Dozens of batches later (some with 20+ lb grain bills) it shows no signs of weakening.
A single layer, or doubled-up? I think the material is pretty strong, but I often wonder about doubling it up and making a really heavy-duty bag.
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Somewhat OT, anyone BIAB in keggles/large kettles? If I get my hands on a sanke or megapot I want to do full volume BIAB so I don't need 3 new vessels.
Im about to, just finished building mine
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Im about to, just finished building mine
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I'm looking for ways to easily do a larger batch, be it double batch and use HLT to do second boil (probably wouldn't save much time, 2nd mash time=1st boil time) or get a larger vessel to heat wort.
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Somewhat OT, anyone BIAB in keggles/large kettles? If I get my hands on a sanke or megapot I want to do full volume BIAB so I don't need 3 new vessels.
I've done a few BIAB batches in my 15.5 gal sanke with the grain bag I mentioned a few posts earlier. I have an insulation jacket I made with reflectix to keep the heat in during the mash. I don't do this very often, though. I usually mash in my Coleman cooler.. If I do BIAB it's usually a small batch (say 3.5 gal more or less) and I use one of my smaller kettles...
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