Originally Posted by Pappers
In extract and steeping brewing, I've never heard of anyone *not* using a bag for the steeping grains. If you didn't, you'd have to strain the wort to remove the grain, which can't be boiled (they will release excessive tannins if boiled).
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I don't use a bag for my PMs.
I have a nylon net for my bucket that I pour the wort through after mashing. It collects all the grain.
I use it again (after the boil) when pouring the wort into the primary to catch the hops.