Originally Posted by Alefebvre
Reason for not getting paint strainer bags was I just happened to see these at the grocery store for really cheap and figured I'd take the risk for the $1.50 spent. Does anyone know if paint strainer bags are even food grade or can handle boiling temps.
You can get the 1 or 3 gal strainer bags in 2 packs for like 2 bucks. You can probably use these, but as suggested earlier, you'd better test it first. Who knows if they work.
It's a known fact that hop and grain bags (aside from muslin bags) are simply paint strainer bags. They're so cheap that I usually just throw away the bag after I've used it, and grab another one from my pack.
Also, off topic, but they can be really good for filtering yeast and hop trub from your fermenter when racking into bottles or kegs. Simply wrap one around the end of the racking cane and secure with a rubber band.