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Old 12-25-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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So, today I brewed a Crimson Ale. I steeped the grain, and then without thinking as I took out the bag of grain, I squeezed out all of the water(along with the sediment). Am I going to have a cloudy beer? It's in the fermenter now and I am guessing that it will settle out. Should I just be careful not to siphon off the bottom when I transfer to my bottling bucket?

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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I don't think you'll have to worry about cloudiness. Any sediment should settle in the fermenter. They say that squeezing the bag will result in unwanted tannins, though. But then BIAB brewers always squeeze their sacks (insert childish snicker here) and they don't have a problem. So my guess is you'll be fine. Go ahead and squeeze your sack too. :-)

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #3
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It will not be a big deal. Some people recommend not squeezing the bag because of possible tannin extraction from the grains, but I have not found this to be a problem. In my early brews I also squeezed the grains bag to extract all the malty goodness, and I did not have tannin problems with those brews. Now, instead of squeezing, I remove the grains bag, place it in a large colander on top of the brew kettle, and slowly pour about 1 gallon of 170 degree water through the grains bag to rinse the grains of any remaining residual sugar/flavor. I then let the grains bag sit on top of the brew kettle and "drip dry" for about 5 minutes. This amounts to the extract equivalent of "sparging" the grains.

Do not worry, your beer will be fine. As long as you give the yeast plenty of time to ferment and settle (I recommend 3 week fermentations), then your beer should not be too cloudy.

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I put my hops into a nylon bag, and by the end of thing it absorbs quite a lot of liquid and I often have to squeeze the bag myself.

I assume that this is ok?

I've done it many times and so far I have not seen anything negative come of it

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:32 AM   #5
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You aren't going to do any harm squeezing the bag but its not necessary. You're getting very little fermentables from the steeping grains so your not missing much if you leave that bit of "juice" in there.

Squeeze that hop bag too if you want. But if you're worried about utilization, skip the bag. Unless you're using a plate chiller, there is really no need.

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Not a problem. I not only squeeze my grain bag I use two coffee cups one in each had to press every last drop out of the grain.

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Bag squeezer here. I steep my grains in only 1.5-2 qts per gallon of water in a second pot while my main brew kettle comes up to temperature. Once I'm done steeping, I'll dip the bag in the brew kettle a couple of times (tea bagging if you will) and then squeeze away before topping the kettle off with the concentrated liquid from the steeping pot.

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I put my hops into a nylon bag, and by the end of thing it absorbs quite a lot of liquid and I often have to squeeze the bag myself.

I assume that this is ok?

I've done it many times and so far I have not seen anything negative come of it
Post boil, that adds too big of a risk for infection for my liking... After the boil, I try not to touch the wort with anything that is unnecessary.
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Post boil, that adds too big of a risk for infection for my liking... After the boil, I try not to touch the wort with anything that is unnecessary.
I believe they are squeezing their sacks while it is still plenty hot so no worry about contamination.
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I believe they are squeezing their sacks while it is still plenty hot so no worry about contamination.
They must have thicker skin than I do, I have no urge to handle something that is 200° or hotter...
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