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Old 02-19-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default Best Filtration Before Plate chiller

Anyone have any good DYI ideas / recommendations for filtering hops and hot break matter prior to running through a plate chiller? Curious as to what others do, successes and/or failures

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Old 02-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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My nylon mesh paint strainer bag / hop spider has been working out pretty well with both pellet and of course whole-leaf hops.

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:19 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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I have a hop spider too. Works great. I had no prob with a gravity fed plate chiller.

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:02 AM   #5
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Whole hops and a false bottom in my boil kettle. Works great.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #6
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Do you ever get scorching under the false bottom? I'm looking to do this as well, but my roommate scorched the CRAP out of his doing this. Like 2" of charcoal in the BK. However he's using a keggle which has a very thin bottom vs my triple layered kettle bottom.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:30 PM   #7
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Nope, and I'm using a keggle too. I don't see how you could get scorching unless you forget to kill the flame before draining and burn it once almost empty. Otherwise the volume of liquid should keep temps consistent enough. Maybe he's got one hell of a burner.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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I have large tea/herbs ball at the end of dip tube, tried spider but didn't like it

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:07 PM   #9
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If I recall, my roommate oversparged a bit and overshot his boil volume. He ran a very vigorous boil with the false bottom in there in an attempt to boil off more than normal. When he was done, it was difficult to pry the false bottom out of all the "charcoal" that formed and took a HELL of a lot of scrubbing to get it all clean. I kiiiinda want to avoid that. I'm thinking it shouldn't be an issue with the triple layered bottom to the kettle.

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