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Old 08-15-2012, 11:11 PM   #831
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I wash mine with bleach after every use. Seems to work pretty well.
Do you hot or cold water with the bleach? I probably should have used bleach with the initial washings and now I wonder if the mildew stain is there for good.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:58 PM   #832
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Do you hot or cold water with the bleach? I probably should have used bleach with the initial washings and now I wonder if the mildew stain is there for good.
I use the warm wash/warm rinse setting on my washer.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:01 AM   #833
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Wonder what a good PBW soak would do.

 
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:09 AM   #834
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Do you think soaking in oxyclean might help? I don't have any PBW.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:20 AM   #835
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Do you think soaking in oxyclean might help? I don't have any PBW.
Absolutely. I use the fragrance free Oxiclean instead of PBW for everything. 1 scoop in 2 gallons HOT water should do it. Directions say 1 scoop per gallon, but I've found that it doesn't dissolve enough and just foams more.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:45 AM   #836
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I'd say it's worth a shot. Not to say Oxiclean isn't good, but after listening to an episode of BrewStrong with Jamil and John P. talking to Bob from Five Star, Bob explained that PBW has ingredients that aren't found in Oxiclean. I'd say if Oxiclean isn't cutting it, get a small sample of PBW and see if it does the trick. After using it my first time, I got a 8lbs container of it.

 
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Thanks...I will be sure to bu some PBW with my next mailorder of supplies. No LHBS near me that carries it.

I have another question....Can one have too fine of a crush when doing BIAB? I did a few 4 gallon batches and just let my drill run at a much faster speed thinking the back would keep out even the smallest pieces of husks. No husk pieces showed up in my wort but now I wonder if I increased the risk of tannin extraction.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:09 AM   #838
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I was doing some research on that - and it sounds like too fine a crush, as in flour type crush, it can lead to less-than-desirable beer. I think however that one would have to have their gap setting on their mill set so small that it would be hard to achieve a crush too fine for BIAB. My rebel mill has a gap setting of .027 (factory default) and it works great.

Btw, I can mail you some PBW if you want to sample it first before buying some. If interested, just send me a PM and we'll figure something out.

 
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:26 AM   #839
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I oalned my brewing buddy my BIAB sack and he returned it w/o cleaning it I have run the sack through the washer twice with hot water and mild detergent trying to remove the mildew spots but the back just seems to be stained. I have thought about boilling it to make sure I kill any of the mildew but even then I am not sure it is Ok to use again. Anyone have an opinion on what to do?
I forgot to clean my bag once and I realized it when I went to brew next, I just rinsed it real good and used it, I had no off flavors or anything, I was also concerned about the stain but nothing came of it.

 
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Thanks...I will be sure to bu some PBW with my next mailorder of supplies. No LHBS near me that carries it.

I have another question....Can one have too fine of a crush when doing BIAB? I did a few 4 gallon batches and just let my drill run at a much faster speed thinking the back would keep out even the smallest pieces of husks. No husk pieces showed up in my wort but now I wonder if I increased the risk of tannin extraction.


IMHO.... Oxy works great. sure PBW has some extra chemicals added but are they REALLY needed? PBW is expensive compared to Oxy and I'd go broke with as much brewing I've been doing lately.

For your second question. Tannin extraction really becomes an issue when PH gets out of whack. it takes a combo of PH, heat and pressure. Which is why tannin extraction doesn't occur in a decoction mash and doesn't occur when you squeeze the bag (you do squeeze right?)

 
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