The Brew Bag - a mash tun filter for Coolers - Round
NO MORE STUCK SPARGES!!! This filter maximizes the flow of wort. Just put The Brew Bag® in your cooler, add grain and strike temp water as usual. When the mash is done follow your normal sparging procedures and then open the spigot and drain into the boil kettle.
Features of The Brew Bag® for Coolers
Use again and again - NOT a throw away bag
2" loops for lifting - either by hand or with a pulley and a hook
Holds over 100 pounds of grain
Smooth seams on the interior enable quick cleaning
All strapping intersections are reinforced with "X" stitching
1" poly straps cover seams and bear the strain of grain - this bag will last and last
Hand wash and drip dry
Additional Benefits of The Brew Bag® for Coolers
You can also use the The Brew Bag™ as a complete Brew In A Bag NO SPARGE mash tool. Just calculate the full pre-boil volume, add approximately 12 ounces more water per pound of grain (this will be absorbed and tossed). Then just open the spigot and drain into the boil kettle. You may need a bigger mash tun for this process.
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Only way to have a fabric filter. No stuck sparge... no worries. Also cleanup is simple. Excellent product!
Excellent product! I had zero stuck sparges and my efficiency is up.
This was just too easy. Love it!
I used my brew bag for the first time this past weekend, and LOVED it!!! I do a standard mash and sparge, and it worked perfectly in my 10 gallon cooler set up. It filters out any grain husks that would normally find their way into the boil. I would recommend this to every homebrewer doing an all grain mash!
First time used it brewing a wheat beer without any rice hulls! Beautiful! You need to pull up on the edge closes to the valve on your tun/cooler to keep the material from sucking into the hole but that's minor stuff. Boosted my efficiency, I don't need as much water for my brew day. Cleaning the mash tun was a breeze. Dumping the grains and cleaning the bag, hassle free (grains basically fell out of the bag, couldn't be easier). I'm very happy with this purchase!
Brew bag works great, I use it in my mash tun. Makes my brew day easier. Definitely easy to clean!
This is a great bag. Shipped quick and I was able to use it in time for a weekend brew. Easy to use and stayed in cooler much better than the bags from the LHBS. I do MIAB but with this heavy duty reusable bag I might switch to BIAB for even easier brew days.
I have had a Grainfather for 6 months and enjoy it but every brew I had Some issue either a big one or a small one of the prefilter getting clogged with either hops or mainly grain that had sifted through the mash screen. I ordered the Brew Bag to see if that would fix my issue. What a dream! Grainfather should throw one into every unit! I ordered a bag for my other brew system a conventional cooler mash ton and a SS Mash tun system. No more stuck sparges, no more vorlofting! No more plugged Grainfather...
I compare my experience as someone buying a pair of shoes, wearing them one day and the heel falling off and then being refused a return of the item with no discussion.
I have been working with grain and brewing in bags for several years and agree with the process. I have been looking for a better bag. I thought I had finally found a durable, quality bag. Unfortunately, after one use I noticed a tear in one, and a small hole in another. While they appear to be well-built and sewn; that is hardly the case. I suspect the bags may have been damaged before I received them, but I have no way of proving this and was refused a return and refund of the bags. They are absolutely useless to me in this condition. Lesson learned - Buyer beware!
Been an all grain homebrewer for 10 years. I have tried BIAB a couple of times with iffy results. Too small, cheap bags turned me off to it. I recently purchased The Brew Bag as a replacement for my bazooka style screen filter. I decided to try the straight up BIAB method first to see if a well made bag made a difference. Wow, it does. Ease of use, sped up brew day using no sparge, great construction, and easy clean up makes this a keeper for me. Thinking about grabbing a couple hop socks for my spider too. I have made 4 beers with this wonderful bag so far, and each one has turned out great. Im getting a little better efficiency, clearer wort, and again, a shortened brew day. Get one. Totally worth the money.
I've brewed 10 batches with the brew bag and its been great. Good sparging, great brew efficiency, and easy clean-up. Easy to turn around two batches in a brew day.
I have used the brewbag product for several brews now and it is a very useful tool. The BIAB method is not a panacea for all brewing situations, but it does work for most. I like the fact that the BIAB method and the design of this bag allow you to store the mash without interference from the bag. Conducting a direct heat, multistep mash is not difficult, even though it is typically not necessary over single infusion. I don't recommend sparging with BIAB, because frankly you get a better wort with no sparge. I like the fact that the Brewbag is rugged and extremely well designed for the purpose. It is the best of what is available for this method, and better than what most avid do-it-yourselfers could create. Brew.
Has been a great addition to my mash tun virtually no vorloff needed i can recover more wort squeezing the bag. Have gained efficiency points and clean up is much easier. Shaved over a hour off of my brew day even doing full fly sparge. Wish i bought one sooner!
I use this bag for my normal all grain brewing process, not BIAB. I like to mash in a separate vessel and fly sparge, so this brew bag allows me to tighten the rollers on my mill and avoid stuck sparges with a finer grist. Since I’ve started using the Brew Bag, my brewhouse efficiency has increased. Clean up for my mash tun is a breeze, too.
I am pleased with the quality of material. Although I don’t use it to replace my all grain process with an MLT, it adds another layer of filtration before my wort goes through my SS false bottom. It also makes cleanup for my MLT significantly quicker and easier! Well worth the money. I anticipate it’ll prevent stuck ball valves as well.
After dealing with multiple stuck sparges in my mash tun, when using greater than 50 percent wheat, I decided to take another approach. Reading Brulosophy posts regarding the brew bag as a replacement for false bottoms and bazooka screens in the mash tun made me wonder if this could improve my brew day and remove the chance of a stuck sparge. This process has greatly reduced my worries and 3 batches later I'm wondering why I ever used a bazooka screen in the first place. The bag is very high quality and doesn't feel flimsy or of weak construction. Sewn in straps make the bag feel sturdy when holding the weight of the suspended grains after mashing and cleaning is a breeze. Looking forward to buying another bag to use in my new RoboBrew as replacement for the malt pipe when wheat/oat percentage may cause a stuck sparge. Thanks.
Ordered this bag based on a Brulosophy review, but honestly I was just expecting another mesh bag that suited my purposes. just saying I was wrong doesn't convey just how badass this bad is!
*Note* - I use a bag but do not do BIAB. I use a bag instead of a false bottom as I feel it keeps more junk out of the wort than the bottom.
I decided to test the limits of this bag while brewing a grain bill heavy on flaked oats! I even crushed my malts twice, to the point where it was mostly powder! NO STUCK SPARGE!! I started to vorlauf, but quickly noticed there was no reason too! The wort was already clear and free of particulates so I just let it drain, sparged and then drained again without any vorlauf!
Clean up was a breeze! Simply rinsed off, turned inside out, and repeat! Easy peezy!
If you are even remotely thinking about trying this bag save yourself some time and hassle and pull the trigger!! I would/ will reorder when it's time!!
Oh, one last thing: My efficiency was 72% prior to getting the Brew Bag and I was thinking about going 3 vessel and fly sparking to get my efficiency up. However, I've brewed 3 times since getting it and my efficiency has been 84-86% each time! Sticking with my current setup and 4.5hr brew day! This bag actually saved me time and money!!! Lots of money!!!
Honestly I haven't been able to try it yet, but it was a painless delivery and looks well constructed.
This is an excellent price not just for preventiing a stuck sparse but for all brewing
I have used a generic cheapo and was pleasantly surprised by the quality when I received this bag. The mesh is very sturdy and I can see that the bag will last. The handles made lifting the bag super easy. I did have to use a bungee to keep the bag steady while I was stirring. Cleanup was as easy as advertised and was WAY easier than the cheapo. Well worth the added cost.
Very well made. works well in BIAB brewing and as mash tun filter would buy again
The brew bag is amazing! I switched to brew in a bag and am not looking back. No sparging no hassles and clear wort. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone!
Eliminates vorlouf, while wort flows freely.
Clean up is a snap.
Worth the money.
A little bit gets out so it's not completely perfect but it drastically reduced my cleanup efforts after mashing a batch. When this one finally goes I'll almost certainly order another one.
I've been brewing for 20 yrs. I've gone from kits and bottling to all-grain and kegs, filters, gelatin. I'm pretty much willing to try new techniques, always ready to try something new with brewing. The BREW BAG is the best addition to my system since I went all-grain. My efficiency has shot up to the low to mid 80's. My grind is finer to extract more sugars and the BREW BAG lets me do all this without fear of stuck sparges. Clean-up is literally a snap. The one caveat I have is that I have an electric hoist on a trolley in my garage, while I think everyone should have one, I do realize that not everyone does. My hoist makes the lift of the BREW BAG extremely easy. A little preplanning however and a simple install of a pulley system, (Guess what they sell that too!) and you are good to go. I'm not paid for this nor do I get a discount I'm just a simple homebrewer that appreciates a great product. I sacrificed brewhouse efficiency to avoid stuck sparges, (still happened) and cleaning up the mash tun was a soaking wet mess. Not anymore. Go with the BREW BAG!
Really easy to use. Saves time. 75% efficiency. Definitely the way to go.
I bought another brand bag from amazon and I had a lot of sediment after my mash and boil. I replaced it with a 10 gal cooler bag and hop sock. The cooler bag fit great and they both cut down on sediment into my conical. Much tighter mesh than the crap amazon bag. You get what you pay for. Built well. Happy with my purchase. Thanks.
Works awesome! Eliminated my brew day complications with normal sparging. Mash what you want! I grind everything to flour and run a 1.5 hour mash cycle. I hit my numbers and the final product tastes great. Buy it already.. Better yet, buy 2. This is my 3rd purchase to include a pulley system for a 30 gallon brewery. I won't brew another way.
Been brewing for 1 year and read many reviews of the brew bag. They had a discount so I ordered 1 up. 1st brew 2 weeks ago with it and OMG, my brew day was sooo much easier/nicer. Milled at 0.28 fine grind and crystal clear full speed sparge with no problems. Cleanup was super quick/easy. Will be using this from now on and thinking about ordering a larger size for my 19 gallon brew kettle and just using 1 vessel to make brewing even easier. If you haven't tried a brew bag yet, I highly recommend it. You'll be very happy you did.
I have brewed two batches with the Brew Bag. It really does do a nice job. No more messing around with sparging and the added time that takes. I also bought the pulley to lift the bag out of my mash tun, without It I don't think I could lift the grain and hold it long enough for the bag to drain. I highly recommend it, it is made well and should last a long time.
Super bag bought 2 and will order another one soon, Great quality, very fine mesh with easy clean up.
Thanks for the great service.
I started all-grain brewing just a couple of years ago. I got so frustrated with stuck sparges. I also hated taking apart the false bottom for cleaning. I decided to try The Brew Bag and the first 2 batches were amazing! My friends and family loved the beer I made but I was still a little skeptical because it felt like sparging was the "real" way to brew.
Well last night I served my beer at an event with about 90 other homebrew beers and came in 2nd for the people's choice award. I absolutely love the efficiency of the bag, the easier cleanup and the increased quality of my beer. I went back 4 months in my email so that I could write a review. Thanks guys!
I love my brew bag! I use in a round cooler style mash tun and had great efficiency and easy clean up!
I have officially used my 10 gal Mash Tun filter a few times now and can say I am impressed! It was a perfect fit in my Home Depot beverage cooler and construction of the bag is top notch and heavy duty. The best part is with this bag has completely eliminated the need for a vorlauf! Wort is crystal clear as soon as I open the valve. Great product and great customer service.
I bought a bag from my LHBS just to try BIAB and it was cheap and riped the first use. But I decided I liked the process so I bought a Home Depot cooler and this BIAB bag. We LOVE it, it has made clean up easier and getting pretty good efficiency 75+. I do follow all the advice like double milling my grains, I mash for 75 min, and I squeeze the hell out of the bag.
I now crush my grain alot finer, and no more stuck mash, my og is way higher than before.
Just simpler and better!
Gotta say the convienience factor is pretty good! Great time savor & great quality!
I am reviewing after only one use. It works as advertised however not having the pulley or gloves kind of defeats the purpose of this because a lot of wort gets lost. My normal brewhouse efficiency averages around 70% and I was told by others who use this that they got a slight bump (maybe by being able to grind finer and no dead space?). My first batch with the bag I got around 64% efficiency which was disappointing and likely because a lot of wort was left behind because I couldn't squeeze. I can't squeeze when using my false bottom so I am not sure why my results would be any different.
The two main issues that I experienced was keeping the bag in place while trying to stir the mash and having to lift the bag in order to collect wort otherwise it would block the spigot. This bugged me because I couldn't leave it unattended like before in case I need to check on something. I have installed a bazooka screen in hopes that it will solve this issue by creating space between the bag and spigot.
So all in all, I believe the brew bag is a well made product but if you don't follow their documented process you may get less then desirable results. If I can't improve my results, I will likely go back to my false bottom.
Using a BrewBag in a cooler mash tun is not technically BIAB'ing, but it sure makes lautering and cleanup a lot easier. I'll be doing some real BIAB batches in my big kettle, so I'll happily buy another BrewBag to fit that as well!
I built a mash ton out of a gatorade cooler and the brew bag. I've never used a false bottom but I can't image it's easier or cheaper than the brew bag. My main concern was cleaning but I just turn it inside out, hose it down, and we're ready for another brew. I'm definitely going to get a bigger bag when I move up to bigger batches.
I got this one after I got a small rip in my Brew-Bag for kettles, it was a bit tight for my homemade lauter tun and got a 2 inch tear just below the top loop.When I explained what happened they gave me a 50% off code and I got this one. I've made 2 brews with it so far and it has worked flawlessly drains very quickly even with high percentages of wheat malt in the grist. I've yet to try a high gravity brew with more than 7 kilo;s of grain but a double IPA is next in my brew que. The one with small tear is still useful I've used it for a partial extract steeped grain (3.5 lbs) and the tear has not become any worse. The brew bag is a good product and the company stands behind the quality
Used the BB for the first time and it worked amazingly.
High quality construction and makes brew day a breeze. It's worth every single penny.
Finally upgrading to a 10-gallon cooler/mash tun was the perfect opportunity to give the very-well-reviewed Brew Bag a try, and It was Worth Every Penny. I paired it with a pulley setup and it's made my brew days much easier. Great product. Highly recommended.
Works great for wheat mashes, and you don't need to vorlauf.
My husband who has been brewing for 4 years said that this has been very helpful. The pulley would be a good item to buy as well if you're not able to lift the wet grains. Thanks!!
I can't be more please with this Brewbag! I've been wanting to switch to all grain for awhile now and have been doing a lot of research on which way to go. My choice, obviously, was the Brewbag as a mashtun filter. I milled my grain at .025 and had no issues with sediment, efficiency, or stuck sparge. However, I did use the no sparge method/full volume mash. I hit all my numbers and actually might have got a little better efficiency than predicted (75%). I need a few more batches to fine tune everything though. Clean up took about 5-10 minutes. Dump the grain and then a quick spray with the hose and you're done. I highly recommend some sort of gloves to squeeze the bag and a pulley system to lift the bag. I bought the ones on this site and they worked great. I'm sure you could find something somewhere as good but these worked great. Overall, my first all grain brewing experience went great (better than expected actually) and a lot of it was due to the Brewbag. Buy one and save yourself hassles on brew day, time, and just have fun brewing! Cheers
I got the bag sized for a 10 gal cooler mash tun. So far I've brewed an IPA and a Russian Imperial Stout and in both cases my runnings were extremely clear. Additionally, I had a 75% reduction in the amount of trub in the bottom of the brew kettle after cooling. The bag worked so well that I bought several of the hop spider socks for keeping the hop particles out of the wort and for dry hopping. I'm extremely happy with this addition to my brewing equipment. Highly recommended.
I've been reading the Brulosopher for quite awhile and he has helped me experiment more, improve my technique, and generally understand brewing a lot better since I started reading. So when he recommended giving the Brew Bag a shot I took him up on it. You see up until now I've been using the standard false bottom and I routinely got stuck sparges - stuck sparges to the point that I have reduced my crush and suffered decreased efficiency.
Enter the Brew Bag
I decided to really give the bag a test by doing a 23-pounds of grain Russian Imperial Stout recipe - without using rice hulls - in my 10 gallon cooler. What I got was more wort, higher efficiency, and CLEAR wort immediately from opening the tap. Now, according to the brulosopher wort clarity is not an indicator of beer clarity, but the fact that I didn't have to even consider vorlauf was a big time saver.
1. Buy the hoist. If not the snazzy piece that is sold here, buy another hoist. These bags get heavy, fast, and it was a sticky pain in the butt to get the grain bag up out of the cooler high enough to get all the wort.
2. You have to raise the bag a bit to get the wort to flow (so... see #1). I cracked the spigot on my cooler to drain the mash tun and there was no joy in Muddville until I lifted up on the bag.
3. There was no problem fitting the lid on my cooler mash tun. I was concerned since my lid fits kind of tight without the bag in the way but I had no problems with my orange Home Depot brand cooler lid fitting on top of the bag.
4. Cleanup is simple. Pulled the bag, dumped it out. Rinsed. The end.
Buy the Brew Bag. It's cheaper and easier than a false bottom. This will now allow me to "crush until I'm scared" without fear of stuck sparges. Time to experiment to find my ideal crush with the new setup.
I got the cooler bag and a smaller bag for my 5 gallon pot. Both fit perfectly. I have only used the pot bag so far but it is easy to rinse out. I do recommend what others have said about turning it inside out so the grain stays out of the seams. I have no reason to think the cooler bag won't work great when I finally use it as my "false bottom."
Worked perfectly using double milled grain hit my extraction numbers on the head. This is the 3rd bag I've purchased for different pieces of equipment. High quality workmanship and materials. Fair price.
Husband requested one and was so excited when he opened it up. Will be using it this Sunday for the first time when he brews. He's looking forward to using it. Thanks.
This product is sturdy, strong, and well made. I used in combination with a 10 gal cooler and a hoist, held 15lb of grain no problem. Filtration was perfect.
Used the brew bag in a round 10 gal cooler. Saved so much time with mashing/sparging! Quick easy clean up with grains. I also used the bag for hop additions in the boil flame out! Worked awesome with no hop sediment going into fermenter! This was an excellent purchase!!
Very high quality bags!! I use it in my mash tun cooler and disposing of grains after the mash is much easier. This saves time disassembling the false bottom and cleaning out grains and makes Brew day much more pleasant!! Also, almost illuminates having to vorlauf. No more draining first runnings, you can go straight to the Brew pot! Highly recommend!!
Below is a picture of a 15lb grain grist for my Graham Cracker Ale.
I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid with a braid and I have always had to be careful to set the grain bed and then drain very slowly or I will get a stuck sparge. Yesterday I threw the bag in with the braid still in there. At the end of the mash I stirred but did not wait for the grain to settle and did not vorlauf. Instead I opened the valve wide and let it rip. The mash tun drained so fast and the wort was so clean that I was flabbergasted. The amount of time and frustration saved during sparging is well worth the cost of the bag to me.
I love the bag. It made my brew day so simple. Easy to use and a breeze to clean up. The bag is very well constructed. Be sure to purchase the ratcheting pulley, it is a life saver. I did not purchase the pulley, BIG MISTAKE! I rigged up my own pulley system, what a pain! Buy with confidence!!!