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Title: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on September 27, 2011, 11:12:25 PM
Look what I have learn today.
How to open sawed grain bags.
It is much faster then cutting it off.
http://www.weyermann.de/eng/produkte_neu.asp?go=ms&umenue=yes&idmenue=37&sprache=2

Cut off completely the braided threads dangling at the end of the seam
(http://www.weyermann.de/images/produkt/Weyermann_malzsack_3_1.jpg)

Pull the white thread out of the red loop
(http://www.weyermann.de/images/produkt/Weyermann_malzsack_4_1.jpg)

Then pull gently on the white thread until the entire seam is unraveled and the bag is fully open
(http://www.weyermann.de/images/produkt/Weyermann_malzsack_5_1.jpg)

Thank you Weyermann.
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: tygo on September 27, 2011, 11:43:56 PM
I remember opening grain bags like this when I worked on my dad's farm.  But since I've been homebrewing I have never been able to remember how to do it and always resort to just slashing the bag open.  Thanks for the guide!
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: ibru on September 28, 2011, 12:05:45 AM
This is one time being raised on a farm and over 25 years in the seed industry pays off.
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 28, 2011, 12:20:38 AM
Learned this trick at Sierra Nevada from Scott Jennings.

Some bags are all white thread, but you get the hang of it after a while.  Did this on a bag of lump charcoal not too long ago, all white threads.  The Germans have it figured out.   ;)
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: tonyp on September 28, 2011, 01:41:34 AM
my wife gets chicken feed in bags like that and we figured it out after the 2nd or 3rd time hacking and slashing to get it open heh
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: fritzeye on September 28, 2011, 05:34:47 PM
perfect timing. I was having troubles the other day and wanted to post the question but was too enbarassed. ::)
I only through about 3 sacks a year so by the time it is time to open a new bag I have forgotten.
Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: blatz on September 28, 2011, 05:44:58 PM
there are few more satisfying ways to start a brew session than to gently pull the red with no resistance and have a cleanly opened bag.

sadly, I have that weyermann page saved in my iphone and usually need to review it before attempting - you'd think after several years I'd have the hang of it!
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: Slowbrew on September 28, 2011, 06:05:47 PM
I learned this when I was 8 years old on the farm.  I still struggle with Rahr bags, some days I just can't get the right string.

Paul
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: bluesman on September 28, 2011, 06:33:41 PM
Yes...I learned that trick by chance one time, and have used it ever since. 
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: glastctbrew on September 28, 2011, 08:00:24 PM
Thanks for the link!  Like a blind squirrel I find the acorn, err string, every once in awhile.  This "should" improve my odds. :-[
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: beersk on September 28, 2011, 10:01:13 PM
Damn, now I feel like I'm the only one who didn't know this trick.  I usually just cut the bag open with scissors.
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: tubercle on September 28, 2011, 10:06:01 PM
I must have opened a 1000 bags of sweet feed like that in my life. That zziiippppp would bring the goats running.
Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: richardt on September 29, 2011, 01:41:24 AM
I must have opened a 1000 bags of sweet feed like that in my life. That zziiippppp would bring the goats running

zziiippppp.  If that isn't a word, it should be -- what a great onomatopoeia.

Title: Re: How to open 55 lb grain bags.
Post by: bo on September 29, 2011, 11:30:47 AM
That's a good trick when they use 2 strings, but some only use one. It can still be opened by pulling the string, but you have to look a little closer at which side to start at.