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BIAB Natural Bags?
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:29:26 PM »
I've been doing BIAB for about 2 years now.  I've been using the nylon bags from LHBS, which claim they are food safe, and I believe they are.. I'm just curious if there is anything out there that isn't nylon, synthetic, and/or plastic..  I've seen organic hop bags on organic brew sites, but they aren't big enough for my grain nor am I sure they'd be the proper strength for a 15lb bag of wet grain.

Have any other BIABers out there tried looking into natural organic brew bags, or know of a site to find them? I'd be OK with making my own, I just don't know where or what type of mesh fabric/material I'd need.
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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 08:02:53 PM »
Unbleached, fair trade, organic, cotton pillow cases?

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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013, 08:16:35 PM »
Know anyone who sews? Make your own out of voile. I have a voile bag that my mom made me that I used for the occasional brew in a bag and it works great.
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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 08:26:38 PM »
Know anyone who sews? Make your own out of voile. I have a voile bag that my mom made me that I used for the occasional brew in a bag and it works great.

Are pillow cases and voile porous enough to get the job done?  This is something I'd like to look into..Like I mentioned I've only used the nylon bags, and there are obvious gaps in the mesh on those...
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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 08:39:42 PM »

Know anyone who sews? Make your own out of voile. I have a voile bag that my mom made me that I used for the occasional brew in a bag and it works great.

Are pillow cases and voile porous enough to get the job done?  This is something I'd like to look into..Like I mentioned I've only used the nylon bags, and there are obvious gaps in the mesh on those...

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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 09:30:36 PM »
Voile is actually the material of choice for custom BIAB bags. The finer the mesh the better. You don't want any husk material passing through. Getting a custom bag through www.bagbrewer.com was a big improvement over the nylon bags I was using.

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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2013, 06:51:44 AM »
A pillow case would be too fine. I've read about guys having terrible times when they've tried it. Get the voile!
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Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2013, 07:41:09 AM »
Thanks, voile looks like the best option.  One quick google resulted in a ton of organic cotton voile for sale by the yard.  Now I need to learn to sew.... Thanks guys
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