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Old 07-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #1031
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Working great. I haven't used it for all grain yet but in my testing to date looks like it will be perfect. I think the ideal scenario is to have one of these for mashing and a smaller one for hops in the boil as I did a water test with this in at boiling and while it worked there seemed to be considerable force pent up around the strainer basket (the part with the big holes that came with the kettle) that were pushing up. It would probably work fine but I am always paranoid about burps of boiling liquid coming out. So the process would be to mash with the strainer, drain, remove and then put in a smaller basket for hops in the boil. Make sense?
Yeah, it makes sense. I tried the same thing and the larger basket in the boil creates an air pocket underneath that will move it around and burp on occasion. I use the large basket strictly for the mash and a smaller hop basket for the boil.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:38 PM   #1032
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Just racked a batch of Burton Ale to a keg for conditioning. I used one of Chad's Better Bottle tubes for dry hopping again (4th time) & again it worked great!!

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Old 07-25-2013, 06:05 PM   #1033
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Just racked a batch of Burton Ale to a keg for conditioning. I used one of Chad's Better Bottle tubes for dry hopping again (4th time) & again it worked great!!
Are you using it with the hops loose or inside of the tube?
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #1034
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I put the hops in the tube inside my BB. I used hop pellets this time but have used whole leaf too.

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Old 07-29-2013, 04:37 PM   #1035
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I finally got around to posting a video showing how easy it is to clean these filters, it's about a minute long. This is after a 90 minute boil on a PTE clone with 4.5lbs of CTZ, Simcoe and Centennial hops.

http://youtu.be/OF9KlSjpLqQ

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Old 07-29-2013, 06:57 PM   #1036
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I finally got around to posting a video showing how easy it is to clean these filters, it's about a minute long. This is after a 90 minute boil on a PTE clone with 4.5lbs of CTZ, Simcoe and Centennial hops.

Video Link: http://youtu.be/OF9KlSjpLqQ
I have to say, I was expecting some kind of automated rig coming from you
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #1037
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I have to say, I was expecting some kind of automated rig coming from you
Lol, I will have to devise one ; )
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:22 PM   #1038
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My water pressure seems similar to yours. I've noticed a big difference if you let the break material dry on for a few minutes. I have been hanging the basket from a chain above the kettle and letting it drip for a few minutes during the hectic tail end of a brew session, but the stuff doesn't come off as easily when I do this. I am gonna go to an overnight soak or perhaps pressure washer routine.

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Old 09-12-2013, 04:58 PM   #1039
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I just had a thought...

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I wasn't thinking, and just threw in the 60min addition of pellet hops without using my hop strainer. Total brain fart, and I instantly thought "oh well, only 2oz total" (pumpkin ale). So... I had a lot of hop material and cold break after boil, and ended up dumping about 1/4gal wort out.

I was draining into a bucket for primary, and in hindsight, I should have just hung the strainer on the bucket, and ran the beer through it. In fact, I think I will go that route from now on, when I am using a bucket, as I do 90% of the time, at least for primary. Then I don't need to even worry about whirlpool. Just chill, and start draining from the ball valve, through the filter hanging on the bucket!

Anyone tried that?

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:42 AM   #1040
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Just chill, and start draining from the ball valve, through the filter hanging on the bucket!

Anyone tried that?
I've actually done that before. I didn't collect a whole lot of hot break material but you will definitely get the hops out. YMMV.
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