All of us Brew-in-a-Bag fans have experienced it; when the mash is finished and you want to get all of that sweet, precious wort out of the bag, you start twisting and squeezing the bag for all you're worth.
Trouble is, that grain is still 150degrees or more and your hands can only take that so long.
I've seen several ideas posted to address this, everything from high temperature gloves, to clamping two plates around the bag and tightening the clamps.
After running through several designs for a bag squeezer in my head, I have settled on a solution that uses a caulking gun and a metal bowl along with my current setup to press the grain bag into submission.
Below is a picture of my (as yet untested) idea.
I have not decided what to use below the plunger to press against the grain bag. I have some stainless steel dog bowls similar to this that could work.
But this round-bottom mixing bowl is cheap and looks like it could work also.
My colander is similar to this one:
If you have a favorite way to get the wort out after mashing, please leave a comment below. I'm open to new ideas!