From the HBD Archive
From: (Desmond Mottram)
Subject: Re: All-grain in bags
Date: 1992-03-26 09:30:59 GMT

Eric Mintz <ericm@bach.ftcollinsco.NCR.COM> writes:
> Eric Rose <> writes:
> > 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
> I tried this on my first all-grain batch; I burned a whole in the grain
> bag.
> Another problem you risk is getting dry pockets of grain that could
> release non-converted starches during the sparge.

For a year I have been using a purpose made "sparge bag", available from
homebrew suppliers here. This is made from heat resistant materials which
can stand touching the element of an electric boiler, and so makes an ideal
hop bag as well as grain bag. It is large enough to hold up to 10lbs of
grain, so dry pockets are not a problem provided you stir the grain well
in when adding to the water.

Rgds, Desmond Mottram
Intergraph (UK)

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