Originally Posted by sfrisby
Has anyone attempted to squeeze a grain bag with a cider press? The most laborious portion of my brew day is squeezing the bag. If it can work, using a press seems much more efficient. Thanks.
How much work is it to get the bag into the apple press, and collect the runnings and pour them back in?
If its not a big deal, then go for it.
The only concern I would have is you might put a lot of stress on a corner of the bag and eventually weaken (enlarge the stitching) and burst it.
Letting the bag hang and drain will recover a fair amount of trapped wort.
Squeezing will get out a smaller quantity of very high gravity wort.
With a higher gravity beer (i.e. larger grain bill), I will do a sparge. (Drain and squeeze the bag) then soak it in a smaller pot of hot water for 5 minutes, then drain and squeeze.