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Old 08-08-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Are there any materials I shouldn't use to make a hop spider with a 5 gallon paint strainer? I've seen PVC models melt and deform. What about metal duct collars? They're larger and cheaper. It seems like it shouldn't matter if the metal isn't in contact with the wort.

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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You will have steam come into contact with the metal, condense, and drip back down into the wort, so it will have some contact. Whether or not its enough to effect the brew, not sure.

You can order the stainless steel ring from McMaster Carr, believe. Or you can just use the pvc, and replace that piece whenever it deforms too much. Its not like its that expensive.

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I would do a search on this one. There's a lot of threads in the DIY section with stainless hop spider rings, stainless mesh instead of the nylon bags, etc.

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My hop spider was made of a schedule 80 CPVC coupling after the schedule 40 PVC reducer melted on first use.

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Old 08-09-2012, 04:09 AM   #5
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I would do a search on this one. There's a lot of threads in the DIY section with stainless hop spider rings, stainless mesh instead of the nylon bags, etc.
I will search some more, I was stuck using the HBT app on my phone and the search function is... is there even a search function on the app?

Anyway, I'm leaning toward using an aluminum springform pan, though I had forgotten about McMaster. I'll check it out.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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Stick with Stainless to be safe IMO

My first attempt was with PVC and melted after 30 minutes

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After some searching, McMaster Carr sells stainless pipe in 4"+ diameters, but its pretty expensive ($50+).

Here is a possible option from Grainger: 304 stainless duct connectors in 4", 5", 6", 8" diameters

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/HIT...A34?Pid=search
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/HIT...onnector-2TA35
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/HIT...onnector-2TA36

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Try your local Kmart/Walmart/Biglots and look for a cheap stainless steel flour/sugar canister. Take off the top, cut out the bottom with an angle grinder and add your spider legs to that.

I found a set of 3 for about $10.00

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I am going to use a stainless steel drain ring for a kitchen sink. Have one left over from a new garbage disposal.

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amazon 6x3" cake pan.. less than $15 shipped and STAINLESS

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