I buy full sacks of grain, and over the past 10 years it's always been hit and miss getting that string that ties the bag close to unwind. If you get it just right the string unwinds with a gentle pull. If you get it wrong its a big PITA having to cut through each knot. Any pictures or videos on how to do this repeatedly?

  • Why wouldn't you just cut the bag open in the first place? Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 20:08
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    For one the woven plastic starts to fray and bits usually start sloughing off, and then if you try to pour from the bag the malt always gets caught in little corners that wouldn't be there if it were properly opened and fall all over the floor when you turn the bag right side up again. At least that's why I don't do it. Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 20:28

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In my experience it can differ between maltsters, but Weyermann offers both PDF and video instructions on opening their bags (the video is pretty awesome), which are fairly applicable to other brands of malt.


There's also this video.

~another edit~

My own personal method for this, which I find works pretty much 100% of the time, with any bag:

First, be facing the correct side of the bag. This one:


Not this one:

Not this one

Pull the tail away from the bag a bit to expose the stitching; take those first two blue stitches on the far left of the bag, and cut them, between the bag and the rest of the 'tail' (see red mark below). Note that strings may be a different color, but will be in the same place:

Cut it

The resulting tail should pull right off:


  • Nice. Been getting bits of string in my malt for years. Not sure why, but my chicken feed is much easier to do this with.
    – Wyrmwood
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 1:36

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