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Old 06-17-2007, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default A couple hopstopper ideas with my turkey fryer

I bought a 35 qt. turkey fryer for brewing, and was looking around for ideas for trub and hops separation.

My first idea was to use a pizza screen as a press (like a bodum coffee press), isolate the hops and other undesirables, and siphon from above the screen. I should be able to get a fairly snug fit by using some sliced 1/4 teflon tubing around the edge of the screen for a seal.

The fryer came with a perforated basket. I then got thinking about lining this with some fine screen and leaving it in for my boil, then lifting everything out in one pull.

Has anyone tried any of these methods before?

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I like the second idea but it's gonna be a pain to clean. You could use hop bags. You'll still have break material but it's nothing like all the hop sludge you get from pellets.

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The fryer came with a perforated basket. I then got thinking about lining this with some fine screen and leaving it in for my boil, then lifting everything out in one pull.

Has anyone tried any of these methods before?
I'm doing that for my MLT. I figure it'll help me extract more wort from the grains and make clean up a lot easier.
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I like the second idea but it's gonna be a pain to clean. You could use hop bags. You'll still have break material but it's nothing like all the hop sludge you get from pellets.
I don't think it should be too bad, the whole unit can be upside down and rinsed clean from the outside.
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The only thing I'd be concerned with is trapping wort from circulating during the boil. If you get an area of stagnation under your filter, you'll scorch badly.

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Yes, that is a concern. The basket sits right on the bottom of the pot. There is very little space (maybe two millimeters around the outside), but I'll have to think about that. The basket holes are slightly smaller than a dime, and would be covered with mesh.

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That size pot is still small enough to pick up and pour through a strainer. That might be easier.

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That's possible too. I wanted to siphon it through my chiller, but I've still got a few options. I could use some standoffs with the basket and get rid of a good portion of hops, whirlpool the rest and siphon the wort through my chiller, let it drop through a strainer to filter the rest and aerate. Or drop the basket altogether. I picked up a couple pizza pans cheap, and I may try the press option.

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You plan on using a copper or stainless racking cane right? Don't try a plastic one.

You've got a counterflow or plate chiller?

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I've tried several things. The thing that works the best, with both a kettle you're going to siphon from or a kettle with a pickup tube is a fine mesh bag. Here's what I'm using now. You either need to use a step coupling, or put a big rubber band or something for the hose clamp to bite into.

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