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Draining your grains

Here’s how Shelley handles draining the grain bag after it comes out of the oven. The top of the mesh bag cools very quickly and is easy to handle. With a bit of careful manipulation you can turn the bag to apply pressure to squeeze out more wort with your fingers.

Use your own judgement! You know what you can handle regarding hot things in the kitchen. If it’s too hot for you, use a spoon or fork (careful not to poke the bag open) instead of your hands.


The trick to siphoning is to put the receiving vessel lower than the source vessel like so:

The pan sits on the counter. The carboy is on a stool on the floor. The siphon goes from the pan to the jug.
Once the flow of liquid starts, gravity takes over. You just have to keep an eye out for overflow, especially when you’re bottling. (This example doesn’t have a bottling wand attached.)

To start the flow, you’ll need to give the siphon a few pumps.

When you get ready to bottle and to use the bottling wand, practice with some plain water first to get the hang of it.

If you have trouble taking the tube off of the siphon, run it under hot water. That should make it easier to get them apart.