I've been reading up on paint strainer bags as hop filters, as I'm having some trouble with hops clogging up my pumps (actually, clogging up the TINY bore of the camlock disconnects). The hop spiders look great, but my brewery doesn't allow. I have a 'busy' brew pot, containing:
Side diptube on bottom, heating element, stainless herms/ IC coil hanging down from lid, whirlpooling inlet hanging down from lid. With that stuff on the lid the way it is, I couldn't use a hop spider without having to remove it at the end of the boil before cooling.
So... I'm looking at using a 5 gallon paint strainer bag lining my 5 gallon brewpot. The pot is 12.5" in diameter, so I think the bag will fit over the rim and line the whole thing. With the wort contacting the heating element, the heating element shouldn't get hot enough to burn the bag, and this way once I put the lid on the coil will fit inside the bag. I'd run the boil as normal, just tossing hops in whenever the recipe calls for it, or when I get bored.
The idea is, the whole kettle will be the filter, and there shouldn't be a hit in utilization. More importantly, it will not require me to modify my setup.
Does anybody see any flaws with the idea? I see plenty of people using the paint strainer bags, but I didn't find any lining the whole brew pot (mostly because their brew pots are bigger than my little fella).
many thanks, sorry for rambling