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Perfect Strainer?

Discussion in 'Kava Lounge' started by Bula Kava House, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Bula Kava House

    Bula Kava House Portland, OR Kava Vendor

    Hi Everyone. We're thinking about adding a slightly less expensive strainer option. The homemade bags are great and super durable but they ain't cheap. I know some of you have talked about what you see as the perfect micron size. What does everyone prefer? Thanks for the input.

  2. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    50 micron, either seamless or sewn up with a least 5 passes of kevlar, tighter than a frog's butt.

    Or alternatively, wring like a maniac with some old calico and when it tears, grab some new cloth and squeeze it again.
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  3. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    I also prefer 50 micron. It helps with nausea. The bags with a rounded bottom are easier to clean.
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  4. verticity

    verticity I'm interested in things

    I've tried 50 to as low as 25 microns, and they do make the drink smoother, but also weaker and harder to squeeze.
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  5. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    I just bought a 50 micron strainer bag and it's made nice, smooth kava grog! I know my one concern is letting solid material through from the top so I'm often holding the top with one hand and kneading the kava one-handed.
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  6. sɥɐʞɐs

    sɥɐʞɐs ‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾ Review Maestro

    100 micron rounded bottom nylon strainer. (y)
  7. Zaphod

    Zaphod Kava Enthusiast

    75-100 micron and no seams in the area you plan to knead. The stitching on the seams is always the first thing to go, or start letting larger particles into my grog. I like the built in ties/drawstring at the top versus the plastic hoops.
  8. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    I agree wholeheartedly with these. Rounded bottom and the seams shouldn't be at the bottom where the kava root is getting kneaded.
  9. VictoryRider

    VictoryRider Kava Enthusiast

    I use 75 micron nut milk bags (can't remember the brand). They are awesome, and VERY durable. And cheap.
  10. Kapmcrunk

    Kapmcrunk The Kaptain of Crunk KavaForums Founder

    I still have two of the handmade BKH strainers, and I consider that a lifetime supply. I'm going to go with the suggestions here and echo them with the rounded bottom design, and 100 mics on size.
  11. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    Do I need to go to BHK and order some of them fancy bags right now?
  12. Kapmcrunk

    Kapmcrunk The Kaptain of Crunk KavaForums Founder

    Personally, they're the best, but I could just be a weakling when it comes to the knead :)
  13. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    Are they not that sturdy? I think Kavafied's strainer is pretty durable for how fast it dries.
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  14. Kapmcrunk

    Kapmcrunk The Kaptain of Crunk KavaForums Founder

    They're extremely sturdy. The weave doesn't open up over time like the nylon strainers do, so your grind size remains more consistent in batches.
  15. Edward

    Edward Aluballin' in the UK Kava Vendor

    Who doesn't like a rounded bottom?
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  16. Edward

    Edward Aluballin' in the UK Kava Vendor

    I don't think I've tried a 50 micron strainer but I have a feeling it would take out just too much sediment. I seem to be ok between 75 and 100.
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  17. nabanga

    nabanga Kava Enthusiast

    I use a womens ankle or knee sheer stocking as a first pass. This removes the bulk of the makas, and makes the second pass through a finer dernier nut milk bag easier. I actually use a cotton cambodian coffee filtering bag for this second pass, but same idea as a nut milk bag. This second pass takes out the fines, with the residual being like clay.

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  18. Kodiak

    Kodiak Member

    So the aluball is 80 micron, there are 75 micron and 50 micron nut milk bags. I think it'd be cool to see a 60 or 65 micron bag option to try out.
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  19. Kodiak

    Kodiak Member

    Got a link to the 50 micron? Thanks!
  20. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

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