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Old 04-12-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
Apr 2010
Wilm, DE
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I recently did a couple recipes that called for me to make my own extract by heating oranges placed in muslin bag in a pot of water. When it was all done, the recipe called for me to put the muslin bag of oranges into the primary fermenter. I did it and was ridiculed by all my friends saying that the yeast will eat the bag and my beer will taste like a shirt.

Can you put a bag like that in the primary with no adverse effects? Wouldnt the oranges go bad? Are my friends right?

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:03 PM   #2
Jan 2010
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your friends aren't right, plenty of people use bags when dry hopping, using wood chips, etc. yeast eat sugar, not cloth

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Old 04-12-2010, 07:05 PM   #3
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I must love the taste of shirt then b/c I have never noticed such a flavor

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Old 07-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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I may try this with my cranberry ale. This is my first attempt with the 5 gallon batch for this brew. In the past I would just dump like a pound of thawed cranberries in the 2g primary fermenter and that worked well, although I had some issue bottling with fruit skin getting through into the bottles. I was think about putting the berries in the muslin bag this time when I put in the primary fermenter. I just don't know if the cloth will get in my beer and if the cranberry flavor won't be as prevalent...? I don't know, will give it a try.
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