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This question has been asked before but not for a few year from what I can see.
Has anyone found a local source (NZ or AUS) for good quality, potentially custom made brew-in-a-bag grain bags?
The cheap one I bought from my local home brewing supplies store lasted one brew and got a small hole in it. I'm after something a bit sturdier made of stronger material with better stitching and handles.
Here are a few examples of ones that look really good but end up being quite pricey when you factor shipping in:
https://www.bagbrewer.com/order-a-bag.html - $35US (not sure about shipping)
https://biabbags.webs.com/ - $22US + $10US shipping
https://www.brewinabag.com/products/the-brew-bag-for-kettles?varian... - $35US + $15US shipping. These look the best to me but is going to end up being around $80NZ which seems a lot for a bag.
https://www.mashedin.beer/collections/custom-brew-in-a-bag-biab/pro... - $39.99CA + $27.21CA shipping. These look quite good too.
I have a grill (false bottom) in my pot to hold the bag off the element. I want to sew some little hooks to the bag to attach to the grill so that when I lift the bag out the grill comes with it. I have made some hooks to hold the grill near the top of the pot so it can rest there while draining.
My wife is professional sewer, the one she made for me is still going strong. I think material choice is important, bought ours from spotlight. She made a cylinder shape to match the pot shape.
DIY is the way to go here.
joseph is spot on regarding material - voile can be had cheaply at local fabric stores, Briscoes, Spotlight, The Warehouse, etc for a reasonable price. From there, either go with a simple pillowcase design or you can find designs for more elaborate shapes with a quick google search (BIAB bag design.)
Even if you can't DIY, or find someone who can machine it for you, you could probably get a local seamstress to sew up a decent bag for less than the cost of buying and shipping one from the US/Canada.
I started with a homemade one, it was good but not quite the right shape for my kettle and I ended up snagging it on something. I've now got one of the ones from brewinabag.com, they're really good. If you can get a few people together to combine postage the price comes down a bit.