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Old 01-03-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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I just did my first extract batch last week and by recommendation I used muslin bags for everything. I used a bag while steeping my grains and for both hops additions. I could understand getting all the grain out before fermenting, but wouldn’t I want the hops to stay in? Does using bags really matter one way or the other?

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:32 AM   #2
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You just want the hop oils. You usually strain your wort through a strainer when putting it in your fermenter so your gonna strain all that sediment out anyway. Muslin bags just make the straining process easier

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You can also use muslin bags for your grains and something a little better for your hops. I use a paint strainer bag from lowes (sanitized in idophor) and just line my primary fermenter bucket with it.

When I do my boils, I just throw whatever the recipe calls for into the boil pot (hops, adjunct ingredients, fining agents, etc.) and then once it's chilled down, I pour it into the primary fermenter lined with the paint strainer bag. Then, I simply lift out the bag. The mesh on the paint strainer bags is very fine and will pull out even the smallest hops and trub particles. I usually will have to do a little squeeze to get all that wonderful wort out of the wet trub, but it's very easy and there's no messing with clogged strainers.

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Thank you both for such a speedy response.
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That makes sense that the oils would be sufficient I just though having some hop “matter” in there during fermentation might be beneficial.

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Do you do this for simplicity or does it have an effect on the beers flavors and/or clarity?

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You can also use muslin bags for your grains and something a little better for your hops. I use a paint strainer bag from lowes (sanitized in idophor) and just line my primary fermenter bucket with it.

When I do my boils, I just throw whatever the recipe calls for into the boil pot (hops, adjunct ingredients, fining agents, etc.) and then once it's chilled down, I pour it into the primary fermenter lined with the paint strainer bag. Then, I simply lift out the bag. The mesh on the paint strainer bags is very fine and will pull out even the smallest hops and trub particles. I usually will have to do a little squeeze to get all that wonderful wort out of the wet trub, but it's very easy and there's no messing with clogged strainers.
I'll have to give this a try on my next batch! Great idea!
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