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Old 01-05-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
Oct 2008
West Michigan
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Has anyone had any luck finding grain bags locally (or something that'd work), other than their LHBS? I was all set to brew up a batch yesterday when I realized the kit I had didn't come with one to steep the grains. Ended up delaying the batch, and now I need to either drive the 45 minutes to my store, or wait for shipping.......

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Old 01-05-2009, 02:28 PM   #2
Dec 2008
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I had poked around Bed Bath and Beyond as well as Linens and Things and found nothing in their kitchen stuff. I just buy a lot of them when I go to LHBS so I don't run into the problem you have.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
Dec 2008
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Have you thought about either a piece of cheesecloth secured around the grains.

It my be kinda nasty but what about doubling up a pair of womens stockings and putting the grain in there. I used to do this with dry ice when making jungle juice punch. Just make sure to wash them pretty well first.

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Old 01-05-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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If you have a Lowe's, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, Menard's or any other hardware store, get yourself a paint strainer bag. It should be nylon and a fine mesh.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:02 AM   #5
Nov 2008
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You might find mesh "media bags" at a pet or aquarium shop, intended to be used for carbon, peat, etc, but they would work in a pinch.

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Old 01-06-2009, 01:11 AM   #6
Oct 2008
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I second the paint strainer suggestion... that's what I use all the time
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:19 AM   #7
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I third the paint strainer bags or second the filter media bags from a pet store. If you run them through the dishwasher on the top shelf they will clean up pretty well.
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:21 AM   #8
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Paint stainer bags, and at a buck a piece, I find them disposable.
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:27 AM   #9
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Just get yourself a nice large strainer from a restaurant supply store. Do your steeps/mini-mashes in a smaller stockpot and run some hotter water (sparge) through the strainer into your brewpot. Works good for straining hops/trub into the fermenter as well. I haven't bought a muslin bag in 8 months and have held three lbs. of grain in the strainer with room for probably another with some care. Best thing is it sits atop a bucket or a 30 qt. pot all by itself. After having the same problem as the OP and trying doubled up cheesecloth I wanted something more permanent.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:02 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by JacobInIndy View Post
If you have a Lowe's, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, Menard's or any other hardware store, get yourself a paint strainer bag. It should be nylon and a fine mesh.
+1 on the paint straining bags. Much better than grain bags at LBHS IMHO.
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