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Can a grown man rip The Brew Bag?

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I've never been asked that question, but in response to "is the bag strong?" I say, "the material can not be ripped by any man I know, (meaning the phone book rippers may be able to rip the bag, but I don't know any of them) and because of the strength and composition of the fibers, it will not rip - even after being cut. You can see a stress test of the fabric holding a forty pound container of water here.  In preparation for retail sales of The Brew Bag, we did all manner of testing on the material and the strapping. We pulled...

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Manifold pickup VS. The Brew Bag.

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This blog subject came about as I was strolling the sidewalk on my way to day two of the American Homebrewers Conference. I was walking with my conference buddy Brian, and we ran into a well known voice from The Brewing Network. A fellow known for his "taste" buds and brewing stature.  He had heard of the brew in a bag method, but had never ventured into the magical world on his own. As we walked I asked what his opinion of the method was. His first comment was "well, I've heard it's not as efficient and doesn't take as...

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BRULOSOPHY review of The Brew Bag

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Unlike the cheap grain bags I’d used in the past, The Brew Bag is made of a very fine mesh and includes 4 nylon strap handles to make lifting it out of the mash tun easier. The seams are sewn in such a way that grains would be unable to get stuck underneath, something I found to be incredibly helpful when it came time to clean-up.

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Discoveries from the American Homebrewers Association Conference

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This was my first AHA national conference, but it won't be my last. I left Grand Rapids with so much information to assimilate that I put it on a schedule. I assume that the BOD knows that the braintrust of speaker intellect would compel home brewers to react to all the information they absorbed, and then experiment to an even greater degree, as they seek to  create both unique and common beers that exemplify the pursuit of a great brew. Eventually, craft beer lovers worldwide will be the recipients of it all when they tip future brews that have been influenced...

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Efficiency and The Brew Bag - Endosperm is where it's at!

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There are some misconceptions in the home beer brewing culture that lead me to write this post. Efficiency is a simple term in brewer's lingo. It means the degree to which the starch in grain, with the help of enzymes, is converted to sugar(s) during the grain mash and transferred into the boil kettle. The explanation of the conversion of starches to fermentable sugars is very complicated and involves PH, water temperature, and enzymatic hydrolysis. I won't go any further on this ( because I don't know much more), but will say that all brewers key in on this term...

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