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Paint Strainer Bags - Safe For Secondary?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by treyrab, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. treyrab

    treyrab Savant (410) California Aug 26, 2007

    Hi all - quick question here.

    I did not have any muslin bags to put my cranberries in for secondary, so I grabbed a one-gallon paint strainer bag. I know some folks use these for partial mash, but wanted to make sure they were safe and/or don't cause off flavors if used in secondary. The bag has been in the carboy now for two days.

  2. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    my brother uses them and has never had a problem. he usually boils them for a couple minutes then rinses them really good and then sanitizes them with everything else. good luck!
  3. hopsandmalt

    hopsandmalt Savant (365) Michigan Dec 14, 2006

    I use Paint strainer bags from the hardware store to keg hop with no noticeable off flavors.
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  4. I've used them many times, so far so good. Both in boil and in the Fermenter (Secondary),
  5. NiceFly

    NiceFly Savant (395) Tajikistan Dec 22, 2011

    Me too.
  6. Cheaper and bigger than what they carry in my LHBS or an online retailer.
  7. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (715) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005

    I just used one as a dry hop sack recently. No off flavors detected. My only concern about these things is that they aren't food grade.
  8. akakii

    akakii Aficionado (125) Virginia Jun 18, 2009

    Same here. I sanitize mine and use it for dry hopping in secondary. Never any problems.
  9. Then don't eat them! ;):D
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