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Old 12-28-2011, 06:33 PM   #11
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I hope your not actually boiling the grain but only steeping it at 170-ish. It'll come out better than way.

I'm guessing that your bag is the typical muslin bag most LHBSs use for steeping grains. If so, it's probably too coarse a mesh to contain pellet hops. You need a fine mesh hop bag. Panty-hose may work in a pinch.
Ha! Good catch! Steeping it at 170 is exactly what I meant to say.....still learning....


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Old 12-28-2011, 08:26 PM   #12
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Once again,those muslin grain sacks are the same mesh size as the hop sacks,& they work fine for both. I don't think they restrict water flow as much,but that's me. And stay below 170F,as that's the tannin extraction threshold. 155F or so would be better for steeping.
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Once again,those muslin grain sacks are the same mesh size as the hop sacks,& they work fine for both. I don't think they restrict water flow as much,but that's me. And stay below 170F,as that's the tannin extraction threshold. 155F or so would be better for steeping.
We're probably talking past each other. The grain sacks I have in mind are not much finer than cheesecloth. The hop bags I'm thinking of are much finer regardless of material.

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