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Old 01-28-2007, 03:04 PM   #1
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The one bag I have is not large enough to steep the 1.5lbs of crystal I'm using. I have some clean, unused automotive cheese cloth that's generally used for waxing a car. I tied one end closed and inverted it to make a little bag.

Think that would be acceptable or is the cheese cloth a poor substitute?

 
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:12 PM   #2
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No you're fine, it's second inline to an actual steeping bag... Other methods include

Panty Hose
Socks
(insert fabric that will let water in and out without losing grain)

 
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:22 PM   #3
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Thanks. Brew time.

 
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Old 01-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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The local dollar store stocks plenty of cheesecloth. Next time I go shopping there, I'm stocking up. It's cheaper than grain bags I think.

 
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Old 01-30-2007, 06:01 PM   #5
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I'm sold on the nylon boiling bags from Midwest. They really hold back the small particules. They cost $4.75 but you can use them over and over. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=4684

 
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:52 PM   #6
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be carefull with that much weight you dont burn the bag

 
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:41 PM   #7
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Panty hose can stand up to 180F? I burnt a small hole in my actual steeping bag, luckily it was a trace amount and didnt' effect the flavor of my stout (that I know of). I feel like I should put a stand or something under the seeping bag, so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pot.

 
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:48 AM   #8
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With the boiling bags you can tie it off so it doesn't touch the bottom. I'm not to sure about using a panty hose for a boiling bag. I think I would opt for cheese cloth before that.

 
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:03 AM   #9
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I have been known to use those nylon stockings your SWMBO will buy from Walgreens . . . not the ones in the egg but the cheep knee high ones that come in a box of 100. I wouldnt stuff them with a huge amount stuff but fine for hops, wood chips and a small amount of steeping grain.

if they look like they might be too full then they are
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Panty hose can stand up to 180F? I burnt a small hole in my actual steeping bag, luckily it was a trace amount and didnt' effect the flavor of my stout (that I know of). I feel like I should put a stand or something under the seeping bag, so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pot.
Or maybe suspend it with cotton string (not waxed) and a dowel over the pot, that will keep it off the bottom if that's a problem. The cheese cloth idea is good though. Maybe try a few yards of that from a fabric shop. If nothing else you'll get a good stare from the ladies buying sewing stuff. (the guy at the framing counter might eyeball ya too.) Brew on.
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