Originally Posted by eastoak
this thing worked perfectly, i love it. 4oz of pellet hops in a 5 gallon batch and i was able to go from the kettle to the plate chiller into the fermentor using just gravity. i did start the siphon with the pump but turned it off after the wort was flowing. with that amount of pellet hops the siphon is usually lost near the end and i have to pulse the pump a few times to get the flow going. the very finest hop dust does get through but that flows through the chiller with ease the bigger dip tube/plate chiller cloggers stay in the basket. i'm pretty sure i can do away with the HopStopper and just use the hop spider. this hop spider is well worth the price, to me anyway.
How easy are these to clean? I'm especially concerned with how much pellet debris collects over time. With a paint strainer bag, I just toss it out and use a fresh one each brew session. That said, I'd rather use stainless if it isn't too much of a hassle.
Thanks for any info!