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    • Ruddy my grain bag is more than big enough to fit the Cooper's FV. The length of hose I use to transfer is long enough that it coils itself up in the bottom and holds it in place anyway. The reason I haven't been using a bag for the hops is because I ferment in a cube and the one time I did try it, it was a massive PITA to get out and involved almost an hour of squeezing and twisting to get the bastard out through the small hole. The bag ripped anyway and it was just a nightmare. Never again. This method is working well for me. Once I move house and get a bigger fermentation fridge that will fit the coopers FV in it, then I'll prob go back to using a hop sock because I can fish it out much easier...   Although, I did the grain bag method yesterday when bottling, and there were hardly any bits of hop caught during the transfer. Must have been because it was a full size batch. Last batch was only 12 ltrs with the same amount of hops and it collected heaps more because they didn't all drop as well during cold crash.
    • Just pitched my German lager. I had the cube in the brew fridge since about 5.15am, took it out around half an hour ago and tipped into the FV. Oxygen, yeast then into the fridge and set up the temp control. By the time it stabilised it was sitting on 11C so pretty much at ferment temp which I'm happy with. I daresay in summer I'll have to chill the cube overnight to get it down though. OG on this batch was 1.0513, giving a brewhouse efficiency of 77.8% in 21 litres. It will stay at 10C until 5-6 days have passed and the SG is down in the low 1.020s at which point I'll let it free rise inside the fridge to 18C. I'll be trialling a slightly different cold conditioning method on this batch, dropping the temp back to 12C after its week or so at 18, and then 2C per day down to 4C where it will sit for a week and a half or so before being kegged. Interested to see if this makes a difference to the usual crash straight to 0C I had been doing up until now. It's sitting on 10.2C at the moment so under an hour to ferment temp, that's pretty good going. Gonna have to keep doing this cube chilling I think, I don't really like pitching way over the ferment temp. Cheers Kelsey
    • Ruddy, the grain bags reach the bottom of Crown urns, I don't think they'd have much trouble reaching the bottom of a fermenter which is shorter than an urn. 😜 The paint strainer bags look to be a similar size so should be fine.
    • So that bag is big enough to reach all the way to the bottom of your bottling bucket? I've thought of doing something similar myself but haven't yet thought of a good way to get the bag all the way to the bottom that guarantees it won't leak and that i'll be able to get it out again afterwards. I guess the alternative would be to just dry hop using the bag
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