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Old 04-22-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default paint strainers for grain bags?

recently watched a youtube vid (posted by jakecpunut) he was doing his first all grain batch. i am going to do my first patial mash soon.

he used paint strainer bags (1 gallon, from lowes) for hop bags.
i looked at the lowes web site and they sell 2 per pack, 5 gallon paint strainer bags in my area for $5 per 2-pack.

can any1 help me? can i use these as grain bags to mash my grains in a 5 gallon bucket then sparge them in a collander.

will they work as well as the 10 dollar bags midwest and northern brewer sell in their catalogs

any input on this is greatly appreciated

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Old 04-22-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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Just ued them today for the first time...seemed to work fin

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Old 04-22-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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You can find BIAB tutorials on this site that explain that using the paint strainer bags from Lowes/Home Depot for BIAB works great. I used two 5 gallon bags doubled up for an 11lb grain bill last weekend. Worked great for me too.

Another advantage to these is that they have an elastic rim. The ones you will get from homebrew shops generally don't have the elastic rims, and you have to use clips or something to hold the bag onto the rim of the kettle. The elastic part of the paint strainer bags clings to the rim of the kettle quite nicely. No need for clips!

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Old 04-22-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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There's a ton of threads on this. We've been using nylon paint strainer bags for years.

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+1... much better than muslin... best things ever

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Yep, I just used these same bags from Lowe's today myself. A 5gal for the grain on a partial mash and the 2-1gal for the hops additions. Worked great. They are finer than the bag I bought at my LHB store.

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Do you guys reuse these bags or just toss them afterwards? I'm thinking of using a 5 gallon bag when moving to primary from the brew kettle to reduce the trub amount in my primary.

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Do you guys reuse these bags or just toss them afterwards? I'm thinking of using a 5 gallon bag when moving to primary from the brew kettle to reduce the trub amount in my primary.
rinse and reuse..
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I reuse them. Dump grain, rinse, hang to dry, brush off any grain that didn't rinse out, store until next time.

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Run them through the wash, with a little bleach.

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