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Old 10-14-2007, 04:13 PM   #21
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I like this parts list. How'd you connect the 1/2" PVC to the coupler?
drill a hole which the rubber grommet is used to secure pvc! i will post a picture tonight of it.
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:19 PM   #22
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I have this same setup and it works great. I also used the 3\8" treaded rod and I bent it so that it hold the PVC up and out of my pot plus the rods are bend down on the ends to lock in on the pot. No worries about it falling off or in.

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Old 10-14-2007, 11:15 PM   #23
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For anybody that wants to do this on the cheap, you can use 1/2" wooden dowels instead of caraige bolts or threaded rod. Simplywhittle the end down with a razor blade, drill 7/16" holes in the Drain waste and vent adapter, and with a deft hand with the knife, the dowels wedge in with amazing rigidity. The whole thong also comes apart very easily for storage/cleaning

BTW, I figured this out by accident, because like some kinda moron I purchased nuts with the wrong thread pitch and only discovered my mistake when trying to construct during my mash this morning.

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Old 10-14-2007, 11:56 PM   #24
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Along the same lines, but slightly different, I believe BierMuncher recommended using a paint strainer in combination with an immersion chiller.

With this method, you can let the hops float freely during the boil, but when you place the chiller in the wort, with the strainer on the outside, you can siphon the beautifully strained hops from the inside of the coil. No muss, no fuss.

I haven't tried it yet, but probably will tomorrow. My only question is whether or not you need to boil the strainer with the chiller during the last 15-20 minutes of the boil, of if it can be placed on the chiller just before cooling the wort. I'm guessing boil it with the chiller...
No need to boil. I simply keep the strainer in sanitizer solution until it's time.

I like this other method and the idea of not having to fish out the hops after the drain.

My problem is logistics. I use an immersion chiller, and a lot of my recipes require a flameout hops addition. Thisrecipe addition assumes the hops will steep for 15-30 minutes while the beer is chilled.

To use this set up, I'd need to remove this hops rig immediatley to get my chiller in there to start chilling and I don't know how the hops utilization would be affected.

I'll have to investigate...because as well as the chiller-filter works, I'd sure like to not have to scoop and strain my hops at the end of the siphon process.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:56 PM   #25
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No need to boil. I simply keep the strainer in sanitizer solution until it's time.

I like this other method and the idea of not having to fish out the hops after the drain.

My problem is logistics. I use an immersion chiller, and a lot of my recipes require a flameout hops addition. Thisrecipe addition assumes the hops will steep for 15-30 minutes while the beer is chilled.

To use this set up, I'd need to remove this hops rig immediatley to get my chiller in there to start chilling and I don't know how the hops utilization would be affected.

I'll have to investigate...because as well as the chiller-filter works, I'd sure like to not have to scoop and strain my hops at the end of the siphon process.
BM it's not a problem. My CFC has failed me three out of the 4 times I have used it so I have had to go to my IC at the last minute. I just move the hop bag rig off to the side and drop in the chiller. Still works great and no problem with the bag or the chiller.
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:48 PM   #26
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You guys are all making this too complicated. You don't need 4 legs to support it. Two work just fine. I drilled two holes bigger than the rod I used (I now have an aluminum rod) and just slip it through. It's easy to take apart for cleaning and it fits much more easily in my brewday toolbox.


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This is mine.



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here is mine, another variation i did was put the hose clamp at the top and let the bag fall through to give it a little more security.

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nice idea. I am going to pick up the parts today

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In line with BierMuncher's idea, what about just zip-tying a hops bag around the end of your racking cane or autosiphon? Then you can easily do flameout hops additions, can still whirlpool too, if you're of a mind, get full hops utilization (although I use a hops bag to contain my pellets now, so that's not really a concern for me, I guess), and don't have an additional piece of eqiupment to deal with when placing your IC in the kettle. I suppose you'd still have to deal with the hop sludge left on the bottom of your kettle, though.

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