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Old 02-05-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Hi, just a few more questions about the IPA I'm brewing before I get started.

1. How Do I sanitize the stepping bag?
2. How do I close off the steeping bag, and do I just let it sit or float around in the brewpot for the time that the instruction say, or is there anything else I need to know about this process?

Thanks, this is my first batch and these are the only remaining questions I have left. I think I'm fairly sure about everything else. Thanks, Beercanman

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Old 02-05-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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So long as the bag is clean, the hot water will take care of the nasties.
Tie it off with a piece of string (google miller's knot)
Just let it float around
Don't pack the bag, about 1/2 full is best. If you have too much grain in a bag, the water can't circulate.

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If I'm not steeping a lot of grain, I just tie the open end in a knot.

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Old 02-05-2006, 06:47 PM   #4
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Yeah, that's what I do. I never fill it more than half full, so I tie a knot in the top.
However, my grain bag always sinks...so I use a small piece of string to tie it to one of the handles of the brew pot to keep it from scorching on the bottom.

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Old 02-05-2006, 06:54 PM   #5
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I do the same as listed above. Remember not to squeeze the bag to get all of the water out when you remove it. Lift it out and put in a strainer or something. Then run a couple cups of hot water over it to "sparge" the goodies out.

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Thanks again guys. You sure do know your home brewing. I'll be there someday to help the new guys eventually. Beercanman

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