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gregfreemyer 11-04-2012 01:41 AM

forgot to buy steeping bag - alternative?
I've done a couple kits and they came with all the consumables. Today i went to the lhbs and bought a recipe.

I didn't really go through what i bought until I got home.

First I noticed they did not give me any cinnamon. My wife has tons of that so no issue.

Then i realized they didn't put a steeping bag in my box.

Anyway, i don't want to drive back just for that, what's a good alternative i might have at home or a local grocery store?


kellzey 11-04-2012 01:44 AM


Cheese cloth?

If you can go to home depot, get a paint strainer bag?

runningweird 11-04-2012 01:26 AM

old cotton t shirt tired with butchers twine.

Calder 11-04-2012 01:54 AM

5 gallon paint straining bag. Can be cleaned and re-used.

When I started 15 years ago, I just used a strainer with a handle and scooped the grains out of the pot. Swirled it around several times and got most out. No problem.

mikecshultz 11-04-2012 02:17 AM

Cheese cloth, but you may have to split your grains up into multiple smaller bags.

kaboom133 11-04-2012 02:22 AM

Laundry bags (the kind you wash delicates in) work great. They're no more than 2 or 3 bucks and they come in different sizes. You can even get them with a zipper so that you can just toss it in and stir away without dealing with untying the bag when you're done.

Voraus 11-04-2012 04:02 AM

You can steep the grains in your bottling or fermenting bucket then pour out the contents through a strainer. I can't remember which one, but I saw this o an episode of brewing tv

dadshomebrewing 11-04-2012 03:30 PM

+1 on the cheese cloth... it's a very versatile thing to have around.

i would go to the local grocery and get some just to have around.

huntingohio 11-04-2012 04:25 PM

Ive used a ss wire mesh strainer quite a bit, you can even sparge in them

snccoulter 11-04-2012 04:28 PM

just use a dirty sock lol

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