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Old 05-01-2012, 01:38 PM   #141
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I've got mine going in the primary now. On Monday next week, I'll be transferring to the secondary but I have a question: Is there any difference in the "reuseable nylong grain bag" that comes with some beer kits and a nylon paint strainer bag? Is there some reason that I wouldn't want to use my grain bag?

If anyone can answer that, please do!

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Old 05-01-2012, 03:02 PM   #142
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The mesh size is a bit different, but for the purposes of this beer they are about the same. The 5 gallon paint strainer bag is much larger, of course. I am not sure what size bag you've got, but the smaller ones almost assuredly won't fit 4lbs of frozen strawberries, whereas the paint strainer bags will.

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Old 05-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #143
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Thanks! The bag I have will hold up to 5 or 6 lbs of grain. I had to ask because I wasn't sure I was even going to be able to get one. At Lowes they only have the cone things. But I'll hit up my local hardware store this afternoon to check there too. I'll do a comparison as well. Heck, I'm wondering if I could use the paint strainer bags for steeping in the future now.

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Old 05-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #144
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Just put into primary, looks so good. The wort foamed so much while I was pouring it into the carboy, I lost a good quart onto the floor... must be all the wheat.

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:46 PM   #145
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I use a collander to strain/aerate when I move from kettle to fermenter and this happened to me too...I thought maybe I just poured too fast because I had not experienced that problem in the past.

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:23 PM   #146
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I bottled my batch last night. The aroma was out of this world. It smelled like the freshest strawberry jam ever and has a very soft strawberry finish. I am so pumped to see how this does after a few weeks of bottle conditioning. I made a couple slight variations to the original recipe:

8oz crystal 60L
8oz cara-pils
8oz table sugar and extract @ 25 min
3.3lbs Gold LME
3.3lbs Wheat LME
1 pack S-04
everything else as the recipe calls

OG 1.056
FG 1.010

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:26 PM   #147
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Forgot the most important part:
I added 4lbs whole, frozen strawberries in a large, fine mesh nylon bag after kausen fell (~10 days into fermentation) and left it for another 30 days.

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Old 05-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #148
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Just kegged last night, the beer was great warm and flat. I can't wait to taste once carbed. Kudos on this recipe, I was worried using fresh fruit, first time using but I Star San'd before freezing and everything worked out great.

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:07 PM   #149
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Hey Rogue, on that "foaming" issue you had - wanted to let you know that I have successfully avoided that twice now with my last two brews...but it's an annoying method. My pot pours like crap so that's why I always tried to pour fast just to get it overwith. I ended up siphoning the brew into collander on top of the fermenter and got much less foam. It was still present, but I didn't have an explosion of it all over the ground. I pour in the last gallon or so without issue. May or may not be worthwhile to give it a try.

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #150
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pwortiz, def agree its how fast I am pouring, damn pot gets heavy with 5 gal of beer. I will use syphon seems alot easier to control foaming and my back. Great idea thanks

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