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Old 08-09-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Cheap stainless hop spider

I used the PVC hop spider design I have seen on this site for about a year, but I always was slightly uneasy about it and wanted it to be stainless. I think my new solution is as cheap and elegant as it gets. What do you think?

$5.95 + free Super Saver shipping on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C91G32




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Old 08-09-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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You wanted a hop spider to be stainless, so you made it out of a paint strainer bag and some Doritos chip clips?


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Old 08-09-2011, 10:34 PM   #3
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RDRR

I figure I'll eventually get stainless clips for it as well. They're not cheap though. In the mean time, I'll keep taking the regular binder clips from my office...

http://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Platt-S...2928238&sr=1-1

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I like this. I made a stainless hop spider from a stainless sink drain. It's great, but the opening is small. I had a lot of trouble getting whole leaf hops in there when making IPA's. I need something with a bigger ring.

Quick question though before I pull the trigger. How sturdy is the metal arm and ring? I brew 10 gallons batches and with a big IPA and lots of leaf hops, will the arm bend?

Cool idea. If it's sturdy, I'll be making one.

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This is hot. Nice find. Gotta love kitchen tools for stainless brewing bits. You can find anything in any size.

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Old 09-25-2011, 02:42 PM   #6
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I like this. I made a stainless hop spider from a stainless sink drain. It's great, but the opening is small. I had a lot of trouble getting whole leaf hops in there when making IPA's. I need something with a bigger ring.

Quick question though before I pull the trigger. How sturdy is the metal arm and ring? I brew 10 gallons batches and with a big IPA and lots of leaf hops, will the arm bend?

Cool idea. If it's sturdy, I'll be making one.
So cheap I couldn't resist. I'll comment on sturdiness when it arrives.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:24 AM   #7
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why not use a stainless worm clamp around that to seal the bag to the ring?

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:41 AM   #8
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i thought this was going to be an entirely stainless hop spider, that would be something.

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You mean something like this??



I used mine for the first time last night (Saturday evening)... I'll take some pictures of it while not in use and post them later... I made mine from a 6"x3" cake form (no bottom), a hose clamp, and three 6" sections of 1/4-20 threaded rod (304 stainless)... I have enough rod left to make another one if I wish. I drilled and tapped the holes in the ring for the threaded rod. I used stainless acorn nuts for the inside, with stainless lock washers and regular stainless nuts for other side. Basically, all the metal in mine is stainless steel...

Obviously, this fits well on a 10 gallon BoilerMaker kettle. It also works for a keggle... I might look for another bag to use with the spider. The first one was made for me.

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I used mine for the first time last night (Saturday evening)... I'll take some pictures of it while not in use and post them later... I made mine from a 6"x3" cake form (no bottom), a hose clamp, and three 6" sections of 1/4-20 threaded rod (304 stainless)... I have enough rod left to make another one if I wish. I drilled and tapped the holes in the ring for the threaded rod. I used stainless acorn nuts for the inside, with stainless lock washers and regular stainless nuts for other side. Basically, all the metal in mine is stainless steel...

Obviously, this fits well on a 10 gallon BoilerMaker kettle. It also works for a keggle... I might look for another bag to use with the spider. The first one was made for me.
This thing is awesome. Any problem with hop utilization? I currently use the hop blocker on my 10 gal boilermaker and it is COMPLETELY useless. I always lose suction with about a gallon left in the pot.
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