So my life has been a lot easier since I discovered nylon paint strainer bags. With my limited equipment, it's allowed me to BIAB partial-mash beers up to 4 lbs of grain. But I also got the idea to use a sanitized strainer bag to strain the chilled wort as I pour it into the primary, which is a lot quicker than the crappy little stainless-steel sieve I used to use.
In both cases, despite a nagging voice in my head that tells me not to, I have resorted to "squeezing" wort both after sparging the bagged grain and when straining into the primary (to get that last cup or so of wort out). Is this a bad idea, and if so, why? I haven't reached any conclusions as to whether or not it's had an effect on my beer...I sampled a brown ale I recently transferred to secondary and though it's not finished, it doesn't seem infected or suffering from any off-flavors. So it's cool...right?