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Old 06-12-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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I have a new keggle that I have been using for a while. I use an immersion chiller and after chilling I have basically been whirlpooling to settle out the hops and trub and then siphoning out the wort. I see the pictures of some people who use the same method and get a really nice trub/hop cone at the bottom of their kettle. I am not really getting that and it is have been having a lot of trouble with my siphon tube clogging. Does anyone know why this would happen? How long do you need to whirlpool to get that nice cone? I have been whirlpooling for about a minute and then letting it settle undisturbed for 20-30 minutes.

So, basically, I really like the hop stopper. I really don't like the price, so I want to build one myself. But I am debating it. On the one hand it will be cheaper, but on the other, I can't return it if it doesn't work out. My IC is already right at the top of the wort, and I am wondering how the hopstopper will effect the way it will sit in the kettle.

I saw the pictures on Bobby's website: http://www.suebob.com/brew/equipment.htm and saw that he said he had trouble with the 60x40 mesh clogging when used with a lot pf pellets and the cold break. Does anyone know what size screen the hop stopper uses? Would the 30x30 mesh work better?

Anyone have any advice?

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Old 06-12-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Fry Pan Spatter Screen = $1.00 @ Dollar Tree or $4.99 for a set of 3 (different sized) @ WalMart, Target, Cosco, etc...

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It can be made a LOT cheaper than the manufactured product but, you may have to make a few to get the right size, shape, and attachment configuration.

I use the famed hop bag as seen in various places here on HBT (look for the photo's) in combination with a homemade hop stopper. But then, I also use a plate chiller and don't want to risk having it plug up with debris needlessly.

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Old 06-12-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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I just bought a hop stopper last week, and it works awesome! I had my doubts at first, but zero clogs(I use a cfc). I was tired of using the old homemade hop bag, this thing is really worth the money. I looked at the mesh, and it looks amazingly similar to the mesh on a tea ball that I got at wal-maet for dry hopping. If that helps.

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I tried a homemade hopstopper for a while, but I like the suspended hop bag much better. I get the cold break into the fermenter, but that doesn't really bother me as it doesn't affect the beer. FYI - I never had much success whirlpooling either.

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+1 for the suspended hop bag

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I tried a homemade hopstopper for a while, but I like the suspended hop bag much better. I get the cold break into the fermenter, but that doesn't really bother me as it doesn't affect the beer. FYI - I never had much success whirlpooling either.
I am considering the hop bag too. I would like to keep as much of the cold break out of the fermenter, not that it really matters, but it just seems to make harvesting yeast easier.
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I am also interested in any kind of home made hopstoppers; I am making a brew this weekend with some whole leaf hops (and hop pellets) and would like to keep them out of the fermenter.

I have an extra braided hose from an old mash tun, any reason this will not work?? Will it clog more easily with hot break/hop pellets?

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p.s. I can never get a whirlpool to work correctly either

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Make a hop bag.

I've used a mesh screen around my wort chiller.
I've whirlpooled.

The suspended hop bag is cheap and easy and gives you crystal clear wort in the fermenter.
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I made a similar hop bag to biermunchers and hated it. I don't think your hops utilization is as good, and who knows what's leeching off of the pvc. It works for a lot of guy's but not me.

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