Muslin vs Nylon?

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

j8h9

Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2009
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
:confused: Another dumb question. Bags used to steep grains... which is better? Do you throw these away after one use or clean'em or ?
 

Beezer94

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2009
Messages
637
Reaction score
30
Location
Harmony
Muslin are cheap and meant to be tossed after use. Nylon is meant to be reusable. It's really a personal preference generally. If you brew a lot the $0.50 muslin bags will eventually cost more than the $5.00 nylon, but no cleaning required.
 

android

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2009
Messages
3,058
Reaction score
52
Location
Ames, Iowa
just go to your large blue or orange home improvement store and buy nylon paint strainer bags. they are cheap, come in a variety of sizes and will last many, many uses.
 

ArcaneXor

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 10, 2007
Messages
4,502
Reaction score
127
I use 5-gallon nylon pain strainer bags (which I picked up from Lowe's or Home Depot) exclusively. They cost like $1.50 a piece, are reusable, easy to clean (give them a rinse and let them dry - once dry, the rest of the grain and hop particles will dust right off) and do a great job as either grain bags or hop filters. They also have 1-gallon sizes.

Edit: For hops, I just stretch the opening of the bag over the lip of my brew kettle, throw some stainless steel washers in the bag to weigh it down, and then add my pellet hops in there. That way, they get plenty of agitation but can still be easily removed.
 

EvilTOJ

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2005
Messages
6,393
Reaction score
69
Location
Portland, OR
I use the 5 gallon paint strainer bags as well when I have a lot of hop additions. I use the 1 gallon paint strainer bags with the end tied in a knot for when I do three or less hop additions (or I can't find the 5 gallon bag)
 

giligson

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2008
Messages
758
Reaction score
4
Location
Vancouver Area - Canada
I can't find "paint strainer bags" at my local big boxes here in Canada (Home Depot and Canadian Tire):(
They just have these bloody paint strainer cones.
I had to get a bag at my LHBS
 
Top