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Old 04-27-2010, 02:30 AM   #1
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when picking up my last batch of grains for a PM a couple days ago, the clerk and I got into talking about how tiring it is to hold the grain bag and let it all drip out and I told him that squeezing it makes it quicker. He was like "no no never do that!" but he didnt know why. Is it a bad thing to do to speed things up a little or are my beers going to taste a whole lot better when I stop squeezing out the wort from the grains?
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:39 AM   #2
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I believe you extract more tannins from doing that. If I'm wrong, someone will correct me.

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Old 04-27-2010, 02:44 AM   #3
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I believe you extract more tannins from doing that. If I'm wrong, someone will correct me.

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You are right.

 
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:51 AM   #4
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If you're concerned about time, you could put the bag in a smaller container on the side while you do other things, then add the contents of the container to the boiling wort after it's drained more.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:52 AM   #5
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I see. Now that you mention it, (as I drink a homebrew) I can taste them tannins in comparison to one that isnt squeezed.

No squeezing for Me!
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:54 AM   #6
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Or hang the grain bag on a cabinet handle (or other suitable hook like thingy) above the brew pot.

 
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:58 AM   #7
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Dumb question i suppose but what is tannins ? Still leaning the ropes...

Brewed first batch yesterday and it said DO NOT SQUEEZE GRAIN BAG but i did wonder why?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-27-2010, 02:59 AM   #8
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DO NOT squeeze the grain. Major taste improvement if you do not squeeze. When you squeeze you release a lot ot tannins into the beer. its like intentionally adding coffee grains to your coffee. It will make the beer really astringent.

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Old 04-27-2010, 03:05 AM   #9
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DO NOT squeeze the grain. Major taste improvement if you do not squeeze. When you squeeze you release a lot ot tannins into the beer. its like intentionally adding coffee grains to your coffee. It will make the beer really astringent.

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Yep, it was a AHS kit and it said do not squeeze so i resisted the urge.

PS. Not to hyjack the thread, but was happy with my brew kit and brew you folks sent.

 
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Dumb question i suppose but what is tannins ? Still leaning the ropes...

Brewed first batch yesterday and it said DO NOT SQUEEZE GRAIN BAG but i did wonder why?

Thanks in advance!
It's a polyphenol, and it gives your beer an astringent bitterness to it. It's found in leaves, grapes, husks, etc.
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