This is a reusable nylon bag made of fine mesh
bag that can be stretched across the rim of the primary
fermentation/bottling bucket for straining the wort of solids and hop
particles that have no beneficial purpose during the fermentation process.
Straining the wort allows you to make a cleaner beer and adheres more closely
with techniques/theories followed by microbrewers & brewpubs.
Straining the wort into the primary makes transfer to the carboy extremely easy.
To make the straining process goes easier with less chance of clogging
up, secure the elastic straining bag as tight as possible across the rim of the
bucket. This can be accomplished by the use of bungy cords.
BLOW-OFF SYSTEMS USERS:
As you may know, straining the wort is more important when the primary fermenter
is a glass carboy. It can be very frustrating but yet potentially very
messy if you don't (if the carboy blow-off mechanism clogs up). If you are
presently straining the wort through a funnel and screen (either 8" or
12" model), the screen will clog up a dozen (plus) times. If you have
incorporated our nylon hop bags into the boiling process to make straining
easier, the screen will still clog up 3-4 times. AND every time a clogs
occurs, your wort is being exposed to airborne contaminates at a most vulnerable
time. To prevent contamination, you should put a lid on the brew kettle, and
sanitized tinfoil over the funnel while you work underneath the tinfoil with a
sanitized knife or spoon to clear the passage.
The use of this technique not only eliminates the solids, eliminates some
frustrations, it also gives you the opportunity to verify the starting gravity
of the batch. If you are fermenting in a 5 gallon glass, and you are not
cooking the entire batch, you know that getting a good starting gravity reading
is difficult if you don't allow time (at least 20-30 minutes) to elapse.
Therefore, let the batch sit in the plastic bucket (protected) for 20-30
minutes. Stir well. Then take your hydrometer readings. And
you will get the gravity readings that you were expecting.
Back wash well. Sanitize if you wish. Hang up so it can air
dry. Never put away wet and it won't mold or mildew. Discoloration
will occur with use but will not impart off flavor. Always sanitize prior
to using. Limit exposure to bleach and other sanitizers, as they could
cause the nylon to break down and become subject to tears.