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BlendieOfIndie

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Hey guys, almost a silly question:

I went the extra distance and got a false bottom for my MLT (5gal Rubbermaid). Would it hurt if I also used a grain bag (ie. problems w/ channeling, efficiency, etc)? The purpose would be so that I can easily remove the grains for disposal. I'm planning to fly sparge.
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It won't hurt at all but you'd just be adding another per-batch expense. It's not hard to clean the spent grains out, especially a cooler that small.
 
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Thx.
I re-use the grain bag.
The tricky part of cleaning is the lack of space in these CA apartments. I wish I had a nice compost pile to just dump the spent grains on.
 

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Grain will have to be disposed of whether its in a bag or not and you'll be cleaning one more thing if you want to use the bag. I think it's a wash, just about the same amount of work either way.
 

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bensyverson said:
Would it be possible to use a grain bag and no false bottom?
I've been doing all my PM with a grain bag in a bottling bucket for my sparging. I've been mashing around 7 1/2 lbs in the grain bag. I use the lid from my 3 gallon mash pot to flow the water on top of when sparging. This prevents any channeling of the grain. This set up works great for me.
 

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Warrior said:
I've been doing all my PM with a grain bag in a bottling bucket for my sparging. I've been mashing around 7 1/2 lbs in the grain bag. I use the lid from my 3 gallon mash pot to flow the water on top of when sparging. This prevents any channeling of the grain. This set up works great for me.
I would love to hear some more about that. I start losing efficiency above about three pounds or so of grain...
 
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