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Old 04-11-2012, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default Sheer voile for BIAB Bag

I picked up a Sheer voile curtian at walmart. My question is, how should I clean this before I use it? Would boiling the curtain for a while work?

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:25 AM   #2
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I just boiled my bag for a while when I did an initial wet-test of my setup to work out boil-off rates etc

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:26 AM   #3
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I would wash it by either running it through with non fragrant soap (no stuff with zippers) and then boil some water, turn off the burner, add a drop or so of dish soap and let it soak and stir with something. Then rinse it out really well and let it dry.

If you are going to sew it, I would do so before cleaning it, as it may be easier to handle before it is washed.

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Old 04-11-2012, 10:02 AM   #4
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I use the same voile. Had the wife sew a few up, rinsed, boiled, no problems.

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Old 04-11-2012, 01:24 PM   #5
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To those making voile grain bags: How did you reinforce the seams?

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Old 04-11-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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I just use a flat curtain, I didnt even sew mine. I just make sure that when I put it in the pot that I clip it to the pot edges and make sure that there are no gaps or holes for the grain to fall through into the water. I only do 2.5 gallon batches so far though so it is relatively easy to manage.

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #7
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To those making voile grain bags: How did you reinforce the seams?
I like to stitch the bag, then turn it inside out and run it through the machine 2 more times, so each seam is finished and triple stitched....very strong.
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I stitch the bag and leave about 0.5 inch of loose material hanging outward from the stitch. Then I fold the stitch over twice so that all the loose edges are rolled inside the seam, and run a stitch very close to the rolled edge. I then finish it up with a third stitch running down the center of the whole rolled seam.

This prevents fraying, provides tons of strength and also makes the bag very easy to clean.

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:22 PM   #9
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I had my mom stitch me up two bags this weekend. She did a straight line down, folded the edge of excess material on the outside of the seam over, then did a zig zag (setting she has on her machine) stitching over the original straight line stitch. I put 25lbs of dumbells in it and it held like a champ.

Edit: We also made a strap that runs around the top (like the strap from a back pack) and then sewed two handles to that so it's easier to lift out and hold by.

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:31 PM   #10
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I was thinking of running 1/2" cotton webbing under the bag at quarter points and bringing them up to form 2 loop handles. Am I overthinking this? I'm getting ready for full boils and AG in a 15 gallon pot. Want to be sure I don't end up with hot grain face

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