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Old 11-14-2013, 05:57 PM   #1071
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I sometimes put mine in the middle of my chiller. This way I can still whirlpool pretty good.
That's a great idea I hadn't thought of
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:14 AM   #1072
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Default First Use of Basket

OK then, I finally had a chance at a brew day with the new hop basket.

Overall I thought it worked pretty well. It is 8" diameter and 9" tall, to fit my pony-keggle. It rests on the rim of the keg, and the bottom is about 2" off the bottom of the pot.

I waited for the hot break before I put the thing in. Even without any hops in it, there was some surge of the boil around the filter, which caused a bit of splashing. I'm somewhat concerned about that, but today it wasn't too bad. Something to keep an eye on.

Other than that, everything went smoothly. When I cleaned out the kettle, there was a bit of hop residue inside, but not anything significant. Much less in fact than I usually got when using a nylon bag.

I must say marcb is right on about the cleanup. I had pulled the hop-filled filter out when I started chilling, and then ended up doing most of my cleanup before I got around to this thing, and the hop sludge had dried out quite a bit. But I just banged it out into my green waste bin, and blasted it with a hose, and it cleaned right up perfectly.

So so far, I have two tentative thumbs up for this thing!

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Old 11-21-2013, 10:03 PM   #1073
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What is the best size for a 15.5G Keggle?

I use a 200 micron filter bag on my hop spider and have begun to wonder if it is too fine to let the hop goodness flavor the boiling wort. To my pallet, it seems like flavor and aroma is missing, despite long hop stands post boil.

I went with 200 micron to keep my plate chiller clean.

For those of you using spiders - what size bag are you using?

Is 200 micron too fine?

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Old 11-29-2013, 07:03 PM   #1074
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Default why not go big?

I just read through this entire thread - took a while. Great information all.

I have been tempted to have a hop basket sized to just "sleeve" into my boil kettle (it is about 17.75 inches in diameter and 25 inches tall). That way nearly the entire volume would be contained within the hop basket so concerns of hop utilization would be eliminated. And the temperature differential between the wort inside and outside of the basket would be minimized.

The only downside appears to be that the 300 micron mesh is too small to let the boiling bubbles through, thus redirecting them to the outside of the basket. This could cause splashing in the small outer ring. Any experience out there on this approach?

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Old 11-29-2013, 09:22 PM   #1075
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See my post above. I've got a lot more than a "sleeve" around the outside and bottom of my screen. On my one brewday with it, I did notice more splashing in the outside than I was hoping for. I would describe it as annoying but manageable (more brew days will tell of course). But based on my experience and some comments upthread, I would be leery of your approach.

FWIW, while I haven't tasted a finished beer with this technique, plenty of folks are reporting that with reasonably-sized baskets their utilization is just fine.

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Old 12-26-2013, 02:52 AM   #1076
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Santa gave me a 6x16 300 micron filter. Can't wait to use this!!! Any recipes i should try and put this thing to the test?

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Old 12-26-2013, 01:53 PM   #1077
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Got one of these a few weeks ago....guess what I can make?

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:13 PM   #1078
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has anyone brewing ~5gal batches ever tried to use the kegging dry hop filters (http://arborfab.com/ocart/index.php?...&product_id=67) as a filter in the kettle? I'm thinking if I can make something to hold that guy off the bottom of my kettle, I can use it for brews with modest to average hop additions. Would this work or am I just being cheap?

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Old 01-28-2014, 10:26 PM   #1079
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Hmmm - link to a pro looking Arbor Fabricating website. Cool beans! congrats!

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has anyone brewing ~5gal batches ever tried to use the kegging dry hop filters (http://arborfab.com/ocart/index.php?...&product_id=67) as a filter in the kettle? I'm thinking if I can make something to hold that guy off the bottom of my kettle, I can use it for brews with modest to average hop additions. Would this work or am I just being cheap?
Haven't used it in the kettle, I would guess that it could do 3-4 oz without getting packed.
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