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Old 10-06-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone:

I'm curious if anyone has tried an automotive paint strainer--like those used to strain paint before going into the spray gun--to remove hops/trub. My thought was to santitize a funnel and place the strainer into the funnel. Then, run star san through it a few times to sanitize it and wet it out.

I was thinking this could be places on top of the fermentor, and the BK drained through the strainer. Or if dry hopping, used to remove the hops into secondary.

Am I way off mark? Is there anything I should be concerned with?

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Old 10-06-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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If going through a funnel it would clog too easily.

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Thanks for the reply. If I used one of these http://morebeer.com/view_product/9684/103792/Kettle_Tube_Screen in my BK, do you think it would still clog? Or combined, is it overkill?

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Thanks for the reply. If I used one of these http://morebeer.com/view_product/9684/103792/Kettle_Tube_Screen in my BK, do you think it would still clog? Or combined, is it overkill?

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If you use pellet hops, that kettle tube screen will clog like crazy. If you use leaf hops that kettle screen will get them all, and filter out the hot break too, since the leaf hops set up on the screen, and then the hot break can't get through. But trust me, do NOT use that screen with unbagged pellet hops. Ask me how I know!

Paint strainer bags are awesome. I build a "hops spider" with it, I use one to filter things, hold hops, etc. An easy way to use one if you're using buckets is to sanitize a large (5 gallon size) strainer, and line the fermenter with it. Dump your wort in, pull up the paint strainer, and you're done.
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