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Old 02-22-2013, 08:12 PM   #11
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A bazooka screen works great- for leaf hops only! If you use pellet hops, it'll totally clog up the screen.

I sometimes use it, if I have a ton of leaf hops. Then I bag my pellets, or use my hops spider. Other times, I don't use the bazooka at all, if I have a ton of pellets, and then just bag my leaf hops. It depends on how many hops I have and what kinds.

Pellet hops go right through my system just fine, but leaf hops plug up my diptube and pump something awful, so if I'm using leaf hops at all I have to do something!

If I bag my leaf hops, or don't use any leaf hops in that batch, I don't filter/strain my wort at all- it all goes into the fermenter.



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Old 02-22-2013, 08:12 PM   #12
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@duboman: What did you put the hops into in your photo of your hops rig above? It looks like just a cheese cloth. Is there a certain kind that's narrow and long that would fit just right?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #13
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Okay. Are they a use once and dispose type thing or are they washable and reusable?

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Okay. Are they a use once and dispose type thing or are they washable and reusable?
They come in a two-pack, and they are washed and reused. Mine have a couple of little tears in the top (been using the same one for about 2 years!) but they still can be used.

I like mine bigger than that- so I have a 4" piece of cPVC with a clamp around it, held in place by some big bolts.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:29 PM   #15
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@duboman: What did you put the hops into in your photo of your hops rig above? It looks like just a cheese cloth. Is there a certain kind that's narrow and long that would fit just right?
that's my spider and it's not a cheesecloth, it's a muslin bag.

can be used for grains or hops, it's long enough that when I hang it on my 30qt BK, like in the picture (NOT my 30qt in the pic, that's my 16qt), it will reach the bottom of the kettle
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Is this the right thing?

http://www.amazon.com/Pack-Gallon-Nylon-Strainers-11523/dp/B000BPG5R6/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Depends on the day, if I'm using a lot of pellet hops (which is often) I'll use my spider with a 5 gallon paint strainer bag from Home Depot. If the hop load is light, I'll just throw them in loose and not really care, I do also push most of my beers through my HopRocket at the end of the boil which I'll pack with either whole leaf hops or ricehulls (depending on the beer) and that acts as a pretty handy trub/hop gunk filter on the way to the fermenter.

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Old 02-22-2013, 09:45 PM   #18
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Thanks! I have been trying to come up with a better way and you nailed it!

I have a bazooka screen and it works well but I use a lot of pellet hops and as Yooper stated, they can plug things up quite a bit!

I've been using the 1gallon paint strainer bags and they work great but after a few additions they take up space and make it difficult to whirlpool.

This set up will ease a lot of hassle!
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As others have said, I just throw my hops loose in the boil and after cooling to proper temp, I line my bucket with the 5 gallon paint strainer (sanitized of course) and pour through it. It catches everything. Pull the bag out, dump and wash for next use.

I dont like the thought of my hops being sacked in the boil. Those guys need to be FREE!

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I dont like the thought of my hops being sacked in the boil. Those guys need to be FREE!
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