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Offline tripwood

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Best place to buy sturdy bags
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:01:34 PM »
Hello everyone,

I wanted to give BIAB a try but my brewing store only sells cheap, flimsy looking nylon bags. Where can I get some sturdy bags made of safe materials to brew in? Reasonable shipping price to Canada required.

This seems pretty reasonable, 45$ shipped to Canada. Thoughts?

Thanks!
« Last Edit: April 28, 2014, 03:19:36 PM by tripwood »

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 03:25:28 PM »
Just got one of these and a couple of the hop socks: Purchase BIAB Brew in a Bag

Very happy with both.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 04:11:45 PM »
On the Australian boards when it first popped up they recommended a fabric called 'swiss voile".  You can get it a curtain/drapery fabric shops, but you need a wife who's willing to sow in a pull string.  Its an extremely tight thread count if that's the right word.  Has  a ton of other uses too.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 08:48:57 PM »
Growing up right after the Depression I learned the old adage of "Waste Not - Want Not"...
This may not be of much help in your particular case as I do 3 gal batches, but I use Tight Nylon Mesh Paint Strainer bags from Home Depot.  I've heard others say they do 5 gal batches using them though. 
I have been doing BIAB almost 2 yrs now, brew about once per month and am now only on my 2nd bag. 
Home Depot sells the 5 Gal. bag in a 2 pack for $3.97 American.  I see Home Depot Canada has a 14 pack for $14.97 Canadian.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/dynamic-nylon-paint-strainers-19l-5-gal-12-pack/826728

They may also sell them in a 2 pack.  I have never had a problem with them.  I lost the first one as I used a metal spoon once instead of my regular wooden one or might have let the bag touch to kettle bottom when applying direct heat.  Since then if applying direct heat, rarely, I hold the bag up slightly. 

Also for hop sacks I just use regular 2 inch "cotton" stockinet.   Since you would be boiling no nylon.  They also sell it in 3 inch.  I ordered a whole roll (25 yds) for $16.44 including shipping from Amazon.  I cut to length and tie both ends. 

Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014, 08:37:23 PM »
www.bagbrewer.com

Great bags, good price, custom sized for your pot! Sent in my order with pot dimensions, received a nice product in about 4 or 5 days.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2014, 08:36:53 PM »
There is a guy on Homebrewtalk.com with the username "wilserbrewer" that sells custom sized bags, even with draw strings. You just send him the dimensions you need. They are pretty reasonable and people rave about them. He is listed as a vendor on the site. Just search his name and it will come up. I think his website is biabbags.webs.com - no www. He even sells ratcheting pullies to hoist them.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 09:56:20 AM »
I do a version of BIAB. What I did was got a turkey fryer kit, you know the one with the stainless pot and strainers and all. I put the deep fryer strainer in a 10 gal GOTT cooler with a mesh line and spigot. Then I got a grain bag, and the sturdyness didn't matter because it was supported by the strainer. Works really well and an added advantage is the strainer basket has a nice handle that you can use to pull the grain bag out with.
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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2014, 03:45:43 PM »
Yep, the one I linked to above is the "wilserbrewer" bag. I used mine for the first time yesterday during Big Brew. I did a 5 gallon batch of a maple mild that turned into a maple porter because my gravity was so high :D

Another brewer there had the "bagbrewer.com" bag, and it's very nice, as well. It's probably a little better made, and has the added benefit of loops/handles sewn into the bag. It's more expensive though, which makes sense. The reason I went with the wilserbrewer bag is because he also makes and sells these small, simple "hop socks" which I've found to be awesome for dryhopping. I got a discount for getting two of those and the BIAB bag.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2014, 12:41:34 PM »
I buy coarse 24 x 24 bags from Northern Brewer http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewmaster-filter-bag-214-214.html for $5.99   I generally get 3 uses before I put a hole in it but my local HB shop sells them for $9. 

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 07:03:15 AM »
You could try brewinabag.co.uk they ship to Canada, very well made bags.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2014, 05:00:54 AM »
I'm also looking at http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-brew-bag-for-kettles for use as a sturdy, high-capacity bag for BIAB. 

I has reinforced straps, and can, apparently, be used for pulley systems, etc.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2014, 09:04:58 AM »
www.bagbrewer.com

Great bags, good price, custom sized for your pot! Sent in my order with pot dimensions, received a nice product in about 4 or 5 days.

I have one of these bags and I like it alot. I have used it for many brews.

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2014, 12:54:11 PM »
I just received my bag yesterday from a lady in Canada that custom make bags for pots and cooler. The wed site is, www.biab-brewing.com. I took mine to the brew supply today and they were surprised at the details in the bag. The price was 40 Canadian dollars and the turnaround was 2 weeks. Check her out .

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2014, 09:59:56 AM »
Here are some great sturdy BIAB  bags.

http://www.brewinabag.com/

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Re: Best place to buy sturdy bags
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2015, 10:52:32 AM »
You can get really strong bags from www.brewinabag.co.uk.