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Old 01-19-2014, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default Can Muslin bags be reused?

Every time I buy steeping grains at my LHBS, they put them in a Muslin bag, and charge me for it. Can I reuse them? Just brewed today and I've got one staring at me. Should I empty it, clean it, and save it for my next brew?

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Absolutely, just be gentle with using and cleaning. If it has tears, or a large run in the stitching, toss it.

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I re-use mine all the time. They get well sanitized in the boil.

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I also reuse my bags; I dump the grain out, turn it inside out, give it a good rinse in the sink, hang it up to dry, and once it is dry give it a couple of really shakes to get the last of the old grain off.

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Cool... Thanks! I saw another thread on here where guys were complaining about the muslin bags and were recommending only using nylon. Said the muslin ones were falling apart. Mine seem pretty sturdy so that was why I questioned it.

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I reuse muslin grain bags for whole leaf hops. Keeps the mess down whether in the boil or drt hopping. Dito with muslin hop sacks. Empty,turn inside out & rinse well. Then soak'em in PBW for a couple days till they turn white again. Rinse well,ring out & hang up to air dry before storage.

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I reuse these as well as the bags for BIAB. I turn them inside out and rinse. Wife throws them in the laundry and washes them with the whites. no problems that I've seen.

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A problem I have had with using whole hops in muslin bags is that everything floats on the top of the boil. Is there something someone uses to effectively "sink" the hop bag to the bottom of the kettle? I'm thinking the hop flavor will be more effectively extracted.....

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A problem I have had with using whole hops in muslin bags is that everything floats on the top of the boil. Is there something someone uses to effectively "sink" the hop bag to the bottom of the kettle? I'm thinking the hop flavor will be more effectively extracted.....

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I would think you could put anything heavy in there that can be sterilized. I've got a stainless steel nut that I bought to plug one of the 1/2 inch fittings in my kettle before I bought a thermometer, if you have something like that. Maybe even a nice smooth stone, like river rock?
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A problem I have had with using whole hops in muslin bags is that everything floats on the top of the boil. Is there something someone uses to effectively "sink" the hop bag to the bottom of the kettle? I'm thinking the hop flavor will be more effectively extracted.....



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