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Old 09-17-2012, 07:23 PM   #31
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This is killer, and a cool way to support the "small guy." Subscribed... and buying soon!

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:49 AM   #32
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I may be wrong but couldn't you wait for the hot break to settle before placing the strainer in the pot?
You could, I'm not that patient though and do a lot of 90 minute boils, most of which want some of the bittering hops for all 90 minutes. Even after the break appears you can still get foam and that seems to be where I was seeing some issues. Its all good and I need more data but I plan on testing out a 300 micron version and seeing if that improves my flow through and doesn't result in too much pellet residue after I'm done. Again, this one worked fine! I'm just trying to find the perfect balance and never have to worry about bagging my pellets again ; )
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:29 AM   #33
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:01 AM   #34
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I think i may buy the tea ball size #40 for pellet hops. It may not stop 100% of the hops, but it will be close and allow better flow. Any thoughts?
The tea balls can only be filled about 1/3 or less with pellet hops. Anymore than that and they swell up so much you end up with a firmly pressed impenetrable hop ball.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:43 AM   #35
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I just meant that I would get #40 mesh on a spider, because its the same mesh as a tea ball.

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #36
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What are the advantages of 400 micron vs 300 micron? Most hop bags are 150 micron.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:25 PM   #37
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What are the advantages of 400 micron vs 300 micron? Most hop bags are 150 micron.
Where did you find that most hop bags are 150 micron??? The closest approximation I could make on the data available was 200 micron. Note that with the 200 micron filter I had much less hop residue in my boil kettle than I have ever seen with even ultra fine bags. 400 micron is coarser and will leave a little more gunk in the kettle but may result in better hop utilization. I am going to test 300 next to see how it compares to my 200 micron filter.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:32 PM   #38
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I do that with a couple of these.

http://www.amazon.com/Jumbo-Spice-Ball-Herb-Infuser-3-1/dp/B000ROGNQO

I just toss them in and fish them out at the end..

I still do a whirlepool and it catches anything that is very small.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:42 PM   #39
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Where did you find that most hop bags are 150 micron??? The closest approximation I could make on the data available was 200 micron. Note that with the 200 micron filter I had much less hop residue in my boil kettle than I have ever seen with even ultra fine bags. 400 micron is coarser and will leave a little more gunk in the kettle but may result in better hop utilization. I am going to test 300 next to see how it compares to my 200 micron filter.
I couldn't find the post that said they are 15o micron. I did see this saying that they are 200 micron. I guess it depends on where you buy them.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=8338.30
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #40
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Im interested in any tests done with 200, 300, and 400 micron. post some results and pictures please!

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