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Old 07-29-2007, 03:10 AM   #1
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Has anyone used a paint strainer bag (not sure what their official name is) as a hop bag during boil? I'm pretty sure it would work by I want to make sure the bag doesn't melt...


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Has anyone used a paint strainer bag (not sure what their official name is) as a hop bag during boil? I'm pretty sure it would work by I want to make sure the bag doesn't melt...
I have two of them in my secondaries down stairs right now.

They make great hop bags, in the fermenter or in the boil pot. You just need to pick up some kitchen twine to tie them off.


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Made of nylon. Won't melt unless your boil is boil is at like 375F.

Also, if you get the 5 gallon ones, they fit over immersion coolers perfectly...that was BierMuncher's idea (he has pictures). I will be using this again tomorrow, works great to capture cold break.
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I have two of them in my secondaries down stairs right now.

They make great hop bags, in the fermenter or in the boil pot. You just need to pick up some kitchen twine to tie them off.
Great, thanks for the advice!
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Made of nylon. Won't melt unless your boil is boil is at like 375F.

Also, if you get the 5 gallon ones, they fit over immersion coolers perfectly...that was BierMuncher's idea (he has pictures). I will be using this again tomorrow, works great to capture cold break.
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There they are!

That first picture looks like my Kolsch. I swear at one point there was some cold break in there that looked like a corn cob.
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Wow, that's a big difference... so forgive my ignorance but how does capturing the cold break affect the flavor?
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BierMuncher- Did you have a false bottom in your pot to keep the nylon bag from burning to the bottom of the hot pot when you cooled?
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Wow, that's a big difference... so forgive my ignorance but how does capturing the cold break affect the flavor?

Probably doesn't....just the clarity of the beer - which for a Kolsch is a big deal.
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I use paint strainer bags for boiling kettle hops all the time. They won't melt in the boil, but the tips of the bag that hang out of the kettle can burn if you don't keep them AWAY from the flame.

I suggest loosely wrapping the bag around the kettle handle and opening it as need be for each addition. Do not wrap the bag around the entire opening of the kettle because the tips may burn. The bag can also be used during flameout quite successfully.

I do not recommend bagging dry "leaf" hops in the carboy for dryhopping. They will be very difficult to remove, especially if you weigh the bag down a bit with spoons or marbles. Pellet hops are a bit easier to dryhop in a large nylon bag, but the process is still a pain in the butt. I recommend dryhopping without a bag, and instead wrapping the bag around the racking cane to prevent blockage when siphoning.


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