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Old 09-08-2012, 01:19 AM   #11
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Default bag in the bucket is all that is needed

+1 to not going to any extra effort to squeeze. It really won't make a huge difference. Certainly not enough to b worth the effort.

I just sit mine in a bucket and let it keep draining there. Dump what comes out back into the boil. np... Easypeasy

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:37 AM   #12
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I wouldn't want to infect an apple press with lacto and all the other bugs on the grain. If you do, make sure you clean and sanitize well before using it for something else. And yes it is ok to squeeze the bag

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:22 AM   #13
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As the OP, I would like to move away from whether it is ok to squeeze a bag or not. There are plenty of other threads to debate that. After 6 years of brewing, I am comfortable squeezing the bag. With that, maybe I need to do a couple identical brews and really focus on the effeciency difference in squeezing and dripping. I double batch sparge so considering that, maybe whatever is left after dripping is insignificant.

Captain, I think you bring up a good point about the risk of infection of a press as you can't clean it the same way you can a brew pot.

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:33 PM   #14
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>>With that, maybe I need to do a couple identical brews and really focus on the effeciency difference in squeezing and dripping.

I wouldnt even bother. Squeezing gets you a maybe a couple more points of sugar. I do it because the bag is in front of me after its dripped, and I have gloves, so I might as well squeeze. But there is not going to be too big a difference.

I'd like to point out that soaking the dripped bag (i.e. sparging it) in a pot of hot water, then redrip drying it (and maybe squeezing too ) can get you additional sugar. This will be more noticeable (i.e. worthwhile) for higher gravity beers). I think you will get several points more sugar this way, than putting that water in your original mash.

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Old 09-08-2012, 09:50 PM   #15
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As the OP, I would like to move away from whether it is ok to squeeze a bag or not. There are plenty of other threads to debate that. After 6 years of brewing, I am comfortable squeezing the bag. With that,
Skillful thread steering there! If only more people would drive their threads through the traffic cones like this!
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