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EdWort 06-12-2009 05:11 PM

question on whole hops in the fermenter
Do they settle out or do they float?

I have 5 gallons of an Amarillo Rye I brewed with a friend. He got the first 5 gallons before the valve clogged. I got my via an autosiphon and a sanitized measuring cup scooping out 12 ounces at a time.

Needless to say, I have a bit of whole hops in my bucket fermenter and I'm concerned they will clog the spigot. I will rack this puppy to a 5 gallon better bottle, but I wonder if the whole hops will clog my autosiphon again.

Just check to see if anyone experienced this.

flyangler18 06-12-2009 05:16 PM

In my experience, some will settle and some will continue to float. My normal course of action is to wrap the autosiphon with a strainer bag and rack from the middle of the carboy. Keeps those pesky hops from clogging up the flow.

david_42 06-12-2009 07:48 PM

Main reason I don't dry hop in the fermenter is the spigot clogging. If I do, I always use a bag. Mostly I dry hop in the keg and use a bag there as well.

ifishsum 06-12-2009 07:48 PM

They've always pretty much stayed floating for me, but I've never left them longer than 10 days. So far they haven't clogged the autosiphon, I sometimes get a few bits when racking but generally they're too big to come through.

beerkrump 06-12-2009 08:42 PM

Hop bags. Hop bags. Hop bags. A racking cane's best friend.

EdWort 06-16-2009 05:41 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I remember someone mentioning they used a sink screen to help keep the paint strainer away from the siphon input so I am putting that to good use today.

Here's what I have from Lowe's: Sink strainer @$2.67 and 1 gallon paint strainer @$0.98 plus a couple rubber bands.


Just put the tip of the auto siphon in the indented sink strainer and put the paint strainer over it and secure with a rubber band. This will go in my bucket of starsan and I will spray the upper end with starsan. It looks pretty stable and I believe it will keep the hops out of my secondary. Whoo Hoo!


EdWort 06-18-2009 06:59 PM

That puppy worked like a charm!


AZ_IPA 06-18-2009 07:06 PM

Ed - I've used cheese cloth and a rubberband with good success as well.

Schnitzengiggle 06-18-2009 07:18 PM

That is clever.

EdWort 06-19-2009 12:14 AM


Originally Posted by Schnitzengiggle (Post 1387750)
That is clever.

Thanks. It's not my idea, but I remember reading it somewhere here on HBT.

Gotta love HBT! :mug:

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