Paint Strainer Bags - Safe For Secondary?

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  1. treyrab

    treyrab Champion (827) Aug 26, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    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) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    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 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2006 Michigan

    I use Paint strainer bags from the hardware store to keg hop with no noticeable off flavors.
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  4. PoopstainKilla

    PoopstainKilla Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Michigan

    I've used them many times, so far so good. Both in boil and in the Fermenter (Secondary),
  5. NiceFly

    NiceFly Aspirant (275) Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    Me too.
  6. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (679) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

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

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,586) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    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 Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2009 Virginia

    Same here. I sanitize mine and use it for dry hopping in secondary. Never any problems.
  9. geezerpk

    geezerpk Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2010 South Carolina

    Then don't eat them! :wink::grinning:
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