Features of The Brew Bag® for Coolers
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!!!
Worked exactly as advertised, brew day was a snap. I highly recommend this product.
When I started moving from extract toward full blown all grain brewing a number of years ago, my first step was to do mini-mash BIAB on my stovetop. Man, do I wish I had this product back then! It is so tough, durable, and easy to clean compared to every other bag sold for brewing, and I used a lot of them. Fast forward to the present and I've been brewing all grain for a number of years now and when I had the idea to,during the winter, brew 1 gallon, high gravity, all grain, stovetop batches using the BIAB mash method in a 5 gallon bev cooler, and having read the ravings about it from the guys at the Brülosophy blog, I bought one and it really is a great product. Pick one (or more) up; you won't be disappointed. Cheers!
Have only used this once so far but wow, what a difference in the brew day. Mashed in a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler for an hour and then was able to open the valve wide open. Hit 75% without a sparge on a 15lb grain bill. Easily knocked an hour off my day and the wort is crystal clear. I do recommend a 24" bungee cord to wrap through the loops and around the cooler, just makes life easier.
When you first start brewing I don't think it's possible to know about every product out there that can really help you. Some are better than others, some in the end are just gimmicks. And then there's products like The Brew Bag. I first heard of them about 2 years ago and I just thought it was a gimmick and decided to stick with my false bottom and call it good; I wish I hadn't. I should have bought it that day. I've used the bag just twice now and I'm already listing it as one of my best home brewing purchases. Period. I can't begin to sing the praises of how awesome this bag is. No stuck sparges, ever. When it come time to sparge just let your valve fly and drain the wort as fast as you care. This thing shaves an easy 30 minutes off each brew day for me and makes cleaning my mesh tin a 5 minute job. Just pull the bag out, rinse the run, and throw the spent grains onto the compost heap. This thing is money well invested. So buy one, you'll love it, I guarantee!
Well made and works exactly as described. Makes brew days a snap.
I just moved from extract to all grain and am using the bag in my mash tun. No vorlauf required. Wort comes out crystal clear with the first rubbings. My efficiency is at 80%. Very happy.
Very sturdy appearance - Seems look great. Very strong expect to brew with going forward. Easy to work with.
Great brew in a bag....bag!!!!!! Well constructed with amazingly reinforced seams!! I am loving this product and I know I will get dozens and dozens of brews out if this!!
Really like this. Have used this the last 3 brew days. Easy clean up. Impressed
works great, very solid construction
Love the blue bag for my mash tun it worked perfectly and exceeded my expectations
Well crafted. Completed my second BIAB with the bag and the Dry Stout came out GREAT. Thank you!
Better than all the rest
Used with 10 gallon cooler and it was amazing!! No stuck sparge! No rice hulls! And the clean up was fast and easy .. Love this item!!
So simple and easy. I wish I would of bought the bag before I sank over $200 into a mash tun and sparge equipment. Clean up is a snap. The bag is the easiest thing on brew day to clean. Saves hours on brew day. Increases efficiency's because I now can crush my grain finer and get a better conversion. Awesome product!!!
I give this bag my strongest possible recommendation, it is so wonderful when something one pays good money turns out to be better made and better functioning than you had hoped. Every batch of beer I grind a little bit finer and get a little bit better conversion and still haven't yet had a stuck mash. I also recover 1/2 to 3/3 of a gallon more wort than I did previously. No vorlauf, no stuck mashes, higher mash efficiency, faster runoff, and more wort recovered - what's not to like about this bag. I want to underscore how durable and stout this baby is.
It is wonderful when you can purchase something that is better than advertised, I love this bag. The bag allows me to use a finer grind which delivers higher extraction rates and still have a faster, clearer initial runoff. I batch sparge and that too runs off faster and clearer than other methods. When I'm done I simply remove the bag from the mash tun and dump it.
This is a perfect way to switch or continue all grain brews. Easy with the sparge or no sparge method.
The bag itself is well built with a lot of thought out features and I cannot imagine using anything else.
I only brewed once with it so far and it worked out great. I enjoyed not having to clean every piece of husk from the false bottom of my mash tun!
Very high quality product, that works great. Just a flick and shake and there's barely a speck of grain in the bag after.
Makes clean up a lot easier. I wish I had bought this a long time ago!
I love the Brew Bag. No particles get through the fine mesh. I also love the Hop Sock when using hop pellets. No hop particles are left in the wort.
Brewed with it 3x since I got it. Works like a charm.
Really glad I bought this, only used it once so far but made All Grain batch really easy to clean up
Really sturdy bag, ample size, it really does the trick. Easy to clean .... Makes brewing day a breeze.
Very happy, no more stuck sparges, should have bought this years ago
Really happy! Wrote a review previously, can't find it anymore. Just buy it.
this is the only way to fly if you all grain your batches. dump the plates and strainers, the bag does it all, thanks for a product that delivers
First. I really like the bag and want another. Lots of benefits. Three issues - 1) 15.6 lbs of grain and 9 gal of water is too much for a 10 gal Rubbermaid cooler. I'll need to do lower gravity beers. 2) I can't use it with my Rubbermaid cooler because it has a thermometer. The thermometer put a hole in the indestructible bag. 3) I couldn't close the lid on my cooler and lost 5 degrees during the mash. I love no sparging! Because of no sparing/vorlauf temp was high enough after mash that I was boiling 7.2 gal in 7 minutes. Efficiency was low after a VERY FINE crush. This was likely my fault as I didn't circulate the grain enough as I was adding the water. In the end I'm disappointed the bag ripped. I was very careful and was aware of the temp probe. The bag lightly touch the probe and ripped. Wondering if indeed a new cooler??
High quality bag! I batch sparge in the cooler and get 84% extract efficiency.
Used it twice this weekend and got a good result. Clear and fine wort. Rinsing and cleaning of my 10 gallon cooler takes no time at all!
This bag has made my brew day much nicer, no more chance of a stuck sparge and cleanup so much easier on top of being able to get every last drop of available wort. I hang the bag from a step ladder about half way out of the mash cooler and about 20 minutes into the boil I am able to add about 3 more quarts of wort into the boil. Turn the bag inside out into 5 gallon bucket to dump the grain and rinse the bag ready for the next brew day.
I've been mashing for years in a 10g round cooler. All those years I've put up with small bits of endosperm and germ getting through my stainless tun filter. I have a HERMS setup with my cooler and I've had the pump head get clogged too from these bits. Now I put the brew bag into the cooler, bungee through the handles and it's set perfectly. I almost made a small hole in the bag at the top of the mash tun for the wort return but just ran the hose outside the bag and back onto the top of the grain. Works great. Didn't want to hurt the bag and have it start "running" on me. My wort has never been clearer!
I've used the bag twice in my Mash Tun with no sparge batches. Works great. No real mess either. Just do your mash, drain your wort (comes out nice and clear), lift out your bag and empty it. Very happy with it. Part of my regular equipment now.
I've tried using the bag in a mash tun and in the boil kettle with an insulating blanket. Either way it works really well - a very minimum of grain matter winds up in the kettle. While the bag can handle large grain bills, it's a good idea to use some kind of pulley system to help drain the bag. (I purchased the ratcheting pulley and don't regret the purchase at all.) When the grain is well drained, the grain comes out easily and washes out easily. A good purchase.
In the interest of simplifying, saving time, and easier cleanup I started mashing in a bag in a cooler. The bag I got from here fits the cooler well, and the overall process is really easy. I would recommend some sort of pulley or hanging system for the bag, and something to hold the bag in place, like clamps or elastic band. It doesn't take much, and is most important when you are first mashing in. I have been brewing mostly session beers (everything under 5%, mostly 3.5-4%) and full volume mashes have been no problem - 75% efficiency and higher. Beers have been coming out great! Glad I made the switch.
Used it once so far and love it. Set it up in combination with a stainless mesh filter that I had been using so the bag wouldn't get sucked in. The wort came out crystal clear right off the bat and the cleanup was simple and easy. Love this product.
I've only brewed with this once but it was so much easier to use than my old mash / sparge setup. No vorlauf needed and I was able to get every drop of wort out of the grains without any hint of a stuck sparge.
Love it!!! Brewed a batch a few weeks ago simple to use and easy clean up
I've brewed twice already with it and it makes sparging so much easier. It's hassle free. Bought the pulley to hoist it up to let it drain into cooler. Easy to clean. Very Happy!
I have used brew bag three times and it works good. I think I taste the grain favors more as well. Brew bag cleans easy, I just spray with hose then soak in pbw. I love it compared to fighting my false bottom and the sparge problems I would sometimes have. I just pull it up a little before draining wort to get it flowing and that's it, comes out fast too and all at the same refractometer reading.
The Brew Bag is made of a lightweight material that is incredibly strong and has reinforced straps that is handy for lifting a full bag of wet grain from the mash tun. I've been brewing for over six years and have not found a comparable one on the market.
Love the brew bag. Use it in my mash tun cooler and it helps to durastically reduce the time when sparging. Also greatly reduces the amount of sediment that would normally sneak through my mesh filter. Easily washes and drys as well. All around fantastic.
Couldn't be happier with the quality of the Brew Bag. If it ever wears out I will definitely purchase another.
I use a the 10 gallon round brew bag in a 5 gallon round igloo cooler. I will usually batch sparge since I don't have the capacity in my cooler for a full volume mash. I bought the 10gal version just in case I upgrade to a 10gal mash tun.
The quality of this bag is EXCELLENT. Before I had been using a cheaper mesh brew bag with elastic at the top. The elastic never did much for me and I had some issues with the bag collapsing into the mash tun, even with clips holding it to the sides. The Brew Bag is much better construction all around and it fits into my mash tun perfectly even with the extra room from the larger bag. The seams in the bag also make it pretty easy to clean. Definitely worth the extra cost if the bag holds up, which it sure seems like it will.