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Old 04-02-2007, 06:02 AM   #1
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I tried to search this with no luck. I went ahead and bought my 10 gal. cooler for my first all grain. I have seen a video with a guy using a big grain bag instead of using a false bottom. Does anyone do this, if so how well does it work? Also what type/where do you find a bag for this? This just seemed like it would be easier for the first few times plus a lot easier for clean up. Or do i just need to go ahead a buy stuff to make a manifold.

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Old 04-02-2007, 06:08 AM   #2
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Take a look in the WIKI, there is a link for a brew in a bag method. It is being developed by a bunch of AU brewers and looks very promising.

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Old 04-02-2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Try using a 5 gal paint strainer. I got one at a paint supply store. Cost $1.69.

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I use the nylon bag as some insurance against a seriously stuck sparge.

Cleaning is a bit of pain in the ass since the bits of grist get caught in the netting. Just rinse it out the best you can, then hang it up to dry (dries pretty quick, quicker outside...unless it is raining). After it is dry you can shake out almost all the remaining grist particles.

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Theres a story on here somewhere of a guy who had a really bad brew day. His mash tun broke or something so he improvised with a grain bag...which tore

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Like this? 17"x24" mesh bag from a wine supply place. 8.25 lbs of grain PM.



I have a SS tun with a bazooka, but this is what I use now. It's great for batch sparging, because the mesh is fine enough I get clear runnings after a quart or two.

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yeah that is what i was thinking off, but it looks like for a full out AG, I would have to stitch two bags together, So im thinking ill just quit being lazy/and cheap and buy stuff to build a manifold.

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I have a 3 gallon cooler tun and a 10 gallon cooler tun for small and large batches of beer, respectively. In the smaller 3 gallon tun, I use a grain bag. In the 10 gallon tun, I use a stainless steel braid (see my signature for construction), which cost about the same amount and I like much more. I will probably get a SS braid for the 3 gallon one, now, and do away with the bag. It is a bit of a PITA, in my opinion. With the same crush, I get more stuck sparges with the bag, it is a pain to clean, and it makes it harder to stir the mash unless you rig up some way to hold open the bag.

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yeah that is what i was thinking off, but it looks like for a full out AG, I would have to stitch two bags together, So im thinking ill just quit being lazy/and cheap and buy stuff to build a manifold.
Best of both worlds.

No stuck sparges here:

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Best of both worlds.
Or the WORST of both worlds (less the stuck sparges, admittedly), depending on you look at it!
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