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Old 07-31-2012, 03:56 AM   #1
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Default Why spend $$ on custom BIAB bag?

Can't I use a wine kit nylon straining bag. These are designed to keep sediment to a minimum and are already premade in sizes to fit most kettles.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/nylon...fine-mesh.html

Save having handles sewn in I see no reason to spend $35 and upwards for custom bag. Educate me on this topic.

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You can get two paint strainer bags at Home Depot for about $5. They fit in a 5 gallon round cooler. Have had as m uch as 7 lbs of grain in it w/room to spare.

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Yea but it won't help me with a 8 gallon kettle and 17.5 lbs of grain. Those strainer bags have limits.

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I use something similar to a wine bag. I got it at AHS far about $20 and it's huge. I think it's 2'X3' more or less. It fits in my 15.5 gal keggle like a glove!

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Yea but it won't help me with a 8 gallon kettle and 17.5 lbs of grain. Those strainer bags have limits.
I have done this size grain bill using both of the paint strainer bags. I drain one at a time while the other continues to mash, works great.

I would say though that it's not very elegant. Does that really matter? No, but having the right tool made for the job can make the brew day more enjoyable. I'm still debating though since putting all the grain in one bag means lifting one bag. Splitting the grain into two is convenient from a weight perspective.
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I have done this size grain bill using both of the paint strainer bags. I drain one at a time while the other continues to mash, works great.

I would say though that it's not very elegant. Does that really matter? No, but having the right tool made for the job can make the brew day more enjoyable. I'm still debating though since putting all the grain in one bag means lifting one bag. Splitting the grain into two is convenient from a weight perspective.
Just means I'd have to buy another pot . . which is not economically efficient for me. It all depends on what you have on hand and in my case I don't care too much about the weight and brew beer to save money . . . although a fraction of it IS hobbyism. Two pots = two pots to manage. One pot for me is to mash and boil. I do have a smaller 2 gallon pot I've used for steeping grains when I do extract and will use for sparging.
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I am spending the money on one because of the tapered bag. I think it will make geting it out of the keggle much easier. Plus the handle sewn in for suspending it.

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You can get two paint strainer bags at Home Depot for about $5. They fit in a 5 gallon round cooler. Have had as m uch as 7 lbs of grain in it w/room to spare.
I regularly use the paint strainer bags from Lowe's for as much as 8lbs of grains.
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I've had 10-12 lbs in the paint strainer bags without any issues.

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Can't I use a wine kit nylon straining bag.
The wine straining bags work fine. You don't need sewn on handles, just twist up the top and pull it out. I throw a half hitch around the cupboard handle to drain.
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