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Old 11-30-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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In the Brewer's Best recipe it states that one should not squeeze the steeping bag. When i was at the local do it yourself brewery, they told me to squeeze the heck out of the steeping bag. What gives?

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:56 PM   #2
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You can extract tannins from the grain if you squeeze it, I believe. Besides that, it's a good way to hurt yourself.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:56 PM   #3
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I think it is a mythe. A gentle squeeze can't do any harm.

It hurts if you squeeze the sack to hard though.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:58 PM   #4
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I did this on my second brew and I can tell you from first hand experience that you can easily extract some heavy tannins out of the grains if you do it. My Winter Ale that I'm currently drinking isn't "bad", but it does have a noticable astringent taste. I blame squeezing every last ounce of liquid from the sack.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:59 PM   #5
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I used to squeeze with no ill effects - do it!

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:59 PM   #6
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Sure but it is more fun to squeeze a rack

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Old 11-30-2007, 05:02 PM   #7
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It depends on the size of the sack and what the sack is made of. You don't want to squeeze huge sacks that are full, as without proper loving, they can burst and make a mess all over the place. Many inexperienced brewers use sacks made of cheese cloth rather than a sturdy long lasting reusable sack, those inexperience brewers are are more likely to have their flimsy sacks bust open when squeezing.

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I do have one question regarding this though. Would some grains have a higher chance of lending tannins due to "squeezing" over others? The Winter Ale that I have the issue with has some heavily roasted grains (roasted barley, chocolate, etc.). Could a heavier roast create more tannins?

Just a shot in the dark here.

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Old 11-30-2007, 05:04 PM   #9
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Thank god for a real question, the inuendo was getting a little old.

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Old 11-30-2007, 06:45 PM   #10
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Maybe you should have SWMBO do it for you.

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