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Old 05-15-2010, 03:42 PM   #101
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I am trying to think of a way a person could build a handle that goes on the hopbag strainer.

something that would make it a wee bit easier to pull it out without dropping it.

I think ya could set it in a empty 5 gal bucket while your put your chiller in....But something like a hook that would make it easier to grab it.
hmmm something to think about all day at work

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Old 05-15-2010, 03:57 PM   #102
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Something that occurred to me, those of you who wonder about how to use it while adding your wort chiller, who says you can't put your wort chiller in before you start the boil, but the hopbag on and let her rip? The only reason we add it in the last 15 is to sanitize it. But some folks with rims or herms systems have the chiller permanently installed in the kettle and just flip the switch to turn the water on.
Just have to be super careful on the in / out arms that reach over your kettle on the Wort Chiller.

They are going to get super hot sitting in a boil for hour+
Could get burned easy.
I always make sure as soon as i put WC in the keggle i have the hoses already hooked up....Doesn't take long for it to get hot.
But other than risk of getting burnt...It would work....
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:17 AM   #103
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I've thought about dropping an IC into the basket when it's time to chill, I currently have a chillzilla CFC and it's awesome.....but i have to recirculate with it and it can be a PITA to get a march pump to push the wort through all that copper.

An IC might be the answer....I'd most likely chop the arms and put some quality QD's on it.

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Old 05-16-2010, 04:08 AM   #104
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I know with my Wort chiller, I have gotten lazy and thrown it in the keggle and added my last 10 min hop addition and put in the Irish moss "when i remember" and time i go and get the hose and get everything hooked up the blasted ends are freakin hot!!
Almost enough to burn myself. After that one time i have learned to hook the hoses up first before dunking it in.


How many uses have you guys gotten out of the 5 gal paint strainers?
Washing machine safe?

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Old 05-16-2010, 12:31 PM   #105
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How many uses have you guys gotten out of the 5 gal paint strainers?
Washing machine safe?
Mine start developing holes after about 10 uses. I keep a few extra on hand... they are cheap.

I've never put it in the washing machine (that's not really a bad idea, though). I hose mine off and then leave it dangling in oxyclean, in my BK, for a few days. It gets fairly clean that way.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:22 PM   #106
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How many uses have you guys gotten out of the 5 gal paint strainers?
Washing machine safe?
I have put mine in the washing machine twice. It doesn't hurt it or punch holes in it at all.

I have only used the pvc/paint strainer twice now and haven't even tasted a finished batch but I too am a little worried about hop utilization, especially with late addition hops. If you have a beer that has 4+ oz of hops in it that paint bag is pretty full by the end and I'm curious to see if enough wort flows through the hops to extract the tasty oils.

I just bottled my first batch that i did with this set up. Its a Pale Ale that i add 2 oz of cascade at flameout. When I bottled it there was noticeably less hop flavour in the beer than previous batches. I'll crack my first bottle in about a week and see how it tastes.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:55 PM   #107
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I use a CFC and am looking forward to using some sort of strainer. I will also be adding a spigot to my kettle, so I can must let her rip once the boil is over. The strainer will keep the gunk out of my chiller, and I will have both hands free to do whatever, like cleaning up, or surfing pr0n. Just whatever.

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Old 06-03-2010, 05:57 AM   #108
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For the utilization issues, I hear people talking a lot about late addition hops. Why not throw the finishing/zero minute hops outside of the bag? Cleaning up 1/3 is still better than 3/3.

Also, whatever straining method (bazooka/whirlpool/HS/etc) already in place will work more effectively on the last addition/break/moss.

Do you squeeze the pant strainer bag when you lift it out of the kettle? I did on a batch recently, and I tasted it when racking, and it had a bit of the grassy flavor--thought it might have been from the squeeze. (I normally do not)

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I have a 1/2" ball valve on my kettle. I just use an ale pail with a paint strainer in it, let the cooled wort fly out into the ale pail. Then I pull out the paint strainer with the hops, and pour the wort into my fermenter. It's one extra step but it takes care of aeration, and you don't have to worry about hop utilization like you do with a bag.
Interesting, its so simple yet solves the problem entirely. But how do you sanitize the straining bag? boil? soak in sanitizer?
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what do professional breweries do about hop straining?

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