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Old 03-17-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Cheap way to strain pellet hops our of brew kettle?

I have a converted keg for a boil kettle.

What is a good way to keep the pellet hops out of my fermentor without having to go the route of an expensive false bottom?

Is there a good manifold design?

How about a SS braid?

What about just straining the wort as it exits (through a musiln bag)?

I want to keep the cost down, but have something that is good for pellet hops. Thanks.

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Old 03-17-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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Either put them in a fine bag in the boil, or siphon from inside a fine bag.

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If you are using a CFC Do not figure, "I'll just siphon them as they come out of the chiller before going into the fermenter. Ruined my Best/smoothest/fastest brew day to date this past weekend. I usually use a SS mesh scrubbie around my pickup tube. Well i forgot to put it in before 4.5 Gallons were near boiling before adding my final runnings. Eh, I'll just sanitized a muslin bag and filter before going into carboy.

well about an hour and a half later I finally managed to blow all my clogs lose with my CO2 bottle, trqasnfer to a sanitized bucket, clean boil kettle, add SS scrubbie, sanitize kettle and add wort back to kettle, then run CFC as normal. Lost 1/2 - 1 Gallon of wort in the process.

So yeah, Don't do that.

I think I'm going to go back to using my hopsak suspended from the kettle. Was a PITA to use with the IC, but now that I have a CFC it will be easier.

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I have read that many people dont like to use the hopsack. Im not sure why...

I dont see why I couldnt just put all my hops in musilin bags and pluck them out before I chill the wort.

I use an immersion chiller.

All I want is to not have a ton of hops in my fermentor (cheaply).

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I have read that many people dont like to use the hopsack. Im not sure why...

I dont see why I couldnt just put all my hops in musilin bags and pluck them out before I chill the wort.

I use an immersion chiller.

All I want is to not have a ton of hops in my fermentor (cheaply).
I just put a strainer bag over the fermentor before I pour the wort into it and lift it (and the hops) out before pitching.

Just chill with them still in the pot.
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I've used a stainless steel scrubie over the pickup tube to strain out hops, but I mostly use whole hops. You probably want to look into hop sacks, they are the cheapest method.

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Well, take it for what it's worth. We regularly make IIPAs - IBUs well north of 100, use all pellet hops in the keggle and cool the wort with a CFC.

No filter, no clogged dip tube, no clogged CFC...ever. Maybe we are just super lucky - but I wouldn't be too concerned.

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I have a converted keg for a boil kettle.

What is a good way to keep the pellet hops out of my fermentor without having to go the route of an expensive false bottom?

Is there a good manifold design?

How about a SS braid?

What about just straining the wort as it exits (through a musiln bag)?

I want to keep the cost down, but have something that is good for pellet hops. Thanks.
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Don't use a SS braid to filter pellet hops. I tried that on one of my first boils (before I switched to whole hops). The braid clogged in no time.

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Well, take it for what it's worth. We regularly make IIPAs - IBUs well north of 100, use all pellet hops in the keggle and cool the wort with a CFC.

No filter, no clogged dip tube, no clogged CFC...ever. Maybe we are just super lucky - but I wouldn't be too concerned.
Exactly the same for me. Whole hops do need to be held at bay with at least a scrubbie or screen, but pellet hops have never been a problem. I do the whirpool thing at the end of the boil and most of the debris just accumulates in a pile near the center of the kettle. Hope bags seem to inhibit hop utilization IMO.
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what is this famous whilpool thing, and how do I do it?

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