From the HBD Archive
From: Eric Rose <rose@aecom.yu.edu>
Subject: All-grain with bags?
Date: 1992-03-24 17:04:30 GMT

> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm a happy beginner/intermediate homebrewer--just bottle my fourth batch.
> > I've read the section in the NCJOHB on all-grain techniques and heck, it
> > doesn't seem to hard at all! But I have a question for you more sage and
> > experienced folks.
> >
> > It seems to me that a lot of the complication of all-grain brewing, namely
> > complicated lautering procedures, could be avoided by simply putting the
> > milled grains in grain bags during mashing. After completion of mashing,
> > the bags could simply be lifted out of the mash-tun (which could just be your
> > brewpot). Sparging could be done through the bags, perhaps suspended in a
> > strainer, one at a time, a portion of the sparge water for each of the five or
> > six grain bags it might take to hold a batch's worth of wet grain. So, you
> > could mash in your brewpot and then proceed straight through with such a sparge
> > process to the boil without ever transferring your wort into another container!
> >
> > I can thing of two possible problems with this-
> >
> > 1. Mashing with the grain in grain bags might not allow adequate mixing of
> > water with grain--maybe this would affect the mash process (grains in interior
> > might not convert as fast as those in exterior portion of bag?)
> >
> > 2. Other solid products of mashing, e.g. trub, would not be removed from the
> > wort as they would in the standard lautering process. However, if the wort is
> > strained from the brewpot to the fermenter, it will be removed then. It's not
> > going to affect the boil, right?
> >
> >
> > My hunch is that these two possible complications would not occur or would
> > not affect the beer significantly. However, maybe there are other things
> > I'm not taking into account. Is this a bright idea that will cushion my
> > entry into the daunting world of all-grain brewing, or will the gods punish
> > me for my arrogance should I attempt this technique. Perhaps most importantly,
> > has anyone tried it?
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