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Old 01-01-2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default muslin bags vs nylon bags

I did my first brew yesterday that required steeping grains and despite the fact that I also bought 2 nylon boiling bags I decided to use the muslin bag that came with the grains.

Everything was kosher until I tried to take the bag out and it completely fell apart. Managed to strain the grains out of the wort before boiling. What a daunting task.

So, I've learned, to use the high quality nylon bags from here on out.

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Old 01-01-2011, 12:58 AM   #2
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I only use nylon bags and have had no problems

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Old 01-01-2011, 01:05 AM   #3
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I've used the muslin bags that come with the kits and had no problems. . . . . So far. . . . . .

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Brewing my first batch tomorrow. Reading this I am glad i picked up a nylon bag at my local home brew store this afternoon. I also grabbed a bottle of star san.

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Nylon bags at the LHBS - $3.95

1 Gallon paint straining bags from Lowe's $0.98 for TWO

I made a simple hop spider from a 3 inch to 1 1/3 coupling and a wood dowel, with a stainless clamp, and love it. I actually have 2 - I have used one for steeping grains in the past. Works great, though admittedly the amount of grains was not as large as some batched I have seen.

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Nylon bags at the LHBS - $3.95

1 Gallon paint straining bags from Lowe's $0.98 for TWO

I made a simple hop spider from a 3 inch to 1 1/3 coupling and a wood dowel, with a stainless clamp, and love it. I actually have 2 - I have used one for steeping grains in the past. Works great, though admittedly the amount of grains was not as large as some batched I have seen.
+3 on the lowes paint strainer bags. They are nylon.
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I just use my stirring spoon to support the grain as I pull it out. Maybe separate your grains into two or three smaller bags to distribute the weight.

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Old 01-01-2011, 05:47 PM   #8
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++ paint strainer bags. Cheap & effective.

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Good thinking on the paint strainer bags. I've been paying $4.50/pc for the nylon bags on MWS

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I also grabbed a bottle of star san.
Great Work! Star San is one of the greatest homebrew tools!!!
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