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Old 01-05-2013, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default Advice on cleaning hop spider bag

I built a hop spider over Christmas and used it for the first time today. It worked great, but I have to believe that folks on this forum have devised good methods for cleaning the bag.

at the end of my boil, I removed the hop spider and set it in a bucket. During cleanup I disconnected the bag and emptied the hop material as best I could. I then turned the bag inside out and soaked the bag in a couple gallons of warm water. Currently I have it soaking overnight in a weak PBW solution.

Is there an easier way?



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Old 01-05-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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I use 5 gallon paint strainer bags from lowes. Cost me 3 bucks for 2 bags. I just tie them off when im done and throw the hops and all away. i have a dog so i dont run any risk of him getting to the hop bag somehow or getting hop particles. So it goes straight in the trashbag with my spent grain



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I just rinse off the bag after dumping the hops.

The bag becomes discolored over time but doesn't seem to effect the hops in future batches.

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Thanks for the advice, I'll probably keep rinsing and cleaning and try to get a few uses out of each bag.

KuntzBrewing - I understand the logic of not spending too much time maintaining a $1.50 item, my problem is that I NEVER spend $3 at Lowes or HD. I'll probably just pick up a new set every once in a while if I am already going there -- but that just adds to the my problem of spending too much there.

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Thanks for the advice, I'll probably keep rinsing and cleaning and try to get a few uses out of each bag.

KuntzBrewing - I understand the logic of not spending too much time maintaining a $1.50 item, my problem is that I NEVER spend $3 at Lowes or HD. I'll probably just pick up a new set every once in a while if I am already going there -- but that just adds to the my problem of spending too much there.
I dump the hop material, rinse well and let air dry.

This works great, takes little time, and I am still using the same bag since 2009, never one issue or bad batch.
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I built a hop spider over Christmas and used it for the first time today. It worked great, but I have to believe that folks on this forum have devised good methods for cleaning the bag.

at the end of my boil, I removed the hop spider and set it in a bucket. During cleanup I disconnected the bag and emptied the hop material as best I could. I then turned the bag inside out and soaked the bag in a couple gallons of warm water. Currently I have it soaking overnight in a weak PBW solution.

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Yes there is. Rinse it off and you're done. It's really not a big deal if it is discolored. Since it gets boiled for a long time each use, it's not like it's going to contaminate anything.
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Thanks for the advice, I'll probably keep rinsing and cleaning and try to get a few uses out of each bag.

KuntzBrewing - I understand the logic of not spending too much time maintaining a $1.50 item, my problem is that I NEVER spend $3 at Lowes or HD. I'll probably just pick up a new set every once in a while if I am already going there -- but that just adds to the my problem of spending too much there.
This actually makes me reconsider buying bags a lot lol may start the dump and rinse cycle.
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agree with the rinse and forget method. only time i toss mine in trash is if i forget it drying outside and a bird ****s on it, or if it falls in motor oil from where the Harley marks his territory in the garage!

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Rinse and forget is good...I've also found that after it drys any hops you didn't get drys up and easily comes out

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Overnight soak in stars an helps with the dis coloring.



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