The Brew Bag Blog — stuck sparge
Brew In A Bag vs.The Dreaded Stuck Sparge
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We read a lot of articles on the brewing process, and lately we came across two that addressed the issue of the dreaded stuck sparge. The sparge is post mash washing of the sugars from the grains and is accomplished by methodically adding just enough water to the mash tun to "float" the top portion of the grain bed. To allow outflow some sort of manifold with approximately 1/16" holes is inserted in the bottom of the tun. This lets gravity and pressure work together to provide an outlet for the heavier sugar laden wort. The manifold is connected to...
Brew In A Bag Video Series by The Brew Bag founder Rex Slagel
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We've seen a good many videos showing how to use a fabric filter to brew in a bag, but there aren't any that detail why this works so well. Here you'll find a bit of science along with some practical information to make great beer in about 3.5 hours using minimal equipment.
Homebrew Academy review of the The Brew Bag®
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Brew In A Bag Process and Tips - video
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We've added a series to YouTube so you can see the step-by-step process of brewing using a fabric filter. This VIDEO outlines the processes and briefly explains the advantages of using true filter instead of relying on the grain bed and a bottom pick up.
Have you considered making bags to fit mash tun coolers for sparging?
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This title of the blog is a real question we received from a curious brewer. It's worth noting that we have a photo of a cooler on the first page of our site, and yes, we've made hundreds of cooler bags. Perhaps brewers are beginning to realize that The Brew Bag, a fabric filter, is simply an alternative to the PVC, copper, or braided cord filter, and that using fabric simplifies lautering and makes for a stress free brew day. A stuck sparge can be a thing of the past. Spending hours constructing the mash tun filter can be a...