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Old 08-27-2008, 06:30 AM   #21
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Dude, I respectfully rebutt. Notice he includes leaf hops to create a bed. I have a DIY hopstopper with even more surface area than the commercial version and I'm telling you, it cannot stop a large ****100%***** pellet hop bill. I also persist that using it with an IC (tons of cold break) will clog in no time flat.
Ditto. I have been through 3 different types of strainers, including similar to the hop stopper, and they just didn't work with 100% pellets. For the past year, I have been back to the immersion chiller and racking cane after a good vortex, and I dont see myself going back to the valve.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:04 PM   #22
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I tried the SS braid and it does clog immediately with pellet hops. I think if you wound maybe 5-10ft of braid in the bottom of your kettle and used leaf hops it might work...

I use sparky's invention now and am a happy hopper.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:14 PM   #23
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Just out of curiosity, is there anything that's super cheap and doesn't impart anything to the beer that we can use in place of leaf hops? I'd like to set up a filter bed, but leaf/whole hops aren't always available and they suck a lot of water from the wort.

Maybe those flat glass stones? You could put them around your hopstopper and break up the muck enough to give it some room to drain.

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Old 08-27-2008, 07:01 PM   #24
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I just went to world market to look for beer glasses. I found a big tea infusion ball, probably 4" X 2.5" for $6. I usually use leaf hops.
I have used the paint strainer bag/PVC pipe method with great success, but always looking for a way to make cleaning easier.

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Or make yourself one of these. Easy and works great.

I made one of these and used it on my last batch.

The difficulty came when I wanted to put the IC in with 10 minutes remaining.

Do you remove the hop strainer, add the IC and then put the hop strainer back in the middle of the IC? It was kind of awkward...
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:38 AM   #26
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Hmm I haven't used that kind of hop bag with the immersion chiller (I have a CFC) I think your two choices are to #1 do as you say and lift it out, put the IC in and put it back. Or #2 do the whole boil with the IC in place.

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I lift the bag out and slide in the IC when I use the hop strainer.

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Do you remove the hop strainer, add the IC and then put the hop strainer back in the middle of the IC? It was kind of awkward...
Yep, exactly. I grab a towel to hold onto the strainer so I don't burn my digits, and slip in the IC with the other hand.
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Or make yourself one of these. Easy and works great.

Every time I see that thing, I get jealous. I need to build me one of those.
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