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CraigT 04-16-2012 01:21 PM

Straining hops before CFC
So my last batch I tried out my new CFC I built and ran into a little problem. I just toss my pellet hops right into the boil since I'm sick of buying muslin bags. But I must have gotten a little blockage in my chiller and it was draining really slow. It took about 25 minutes or so to drain 5 gallons. And since it went so slow it cooled my wort down to 55F. I was thinking about rigging my dip tube off my kettle valve up differently and putting a short ss braid like what most use in a mash tun to try to fix this problem. I just wanted to get on here and see if someone has had this happen and if anyone has a better solutions to this

Lennie 04-16-2012 02:32 PM

I've heard of people using a copper scrubbie on the end of their pickup tube. I think that may be more effective for whole hops though. The braid might work for pellet hops, I used to pour my wort through a wire mesh screen collander and it caught a lot of hop material. I just wonder what kind of flow rate you'd get.

I would suggest whirlpooling (just a good stir at the end of boiling would help) with a short stand for letting things drop out, and keeping your pickup well up off the bottom so you don't slurp up the trub/hop material. If you have a weldless coupling you can move the pickup higher and then move it down towards the end and avoid most of the trub this way.

born3z 04-16-2012 05:17 PM

Try a hop spider with a paint strainer bag. You can wash the bags and use them indefinitely.

turkeyjerky214 04-16-2012 09:40 PM

If you use pellets, I'd say a hop spider is your best bet.

CraigT 04-16-2012 10:07 PM

I do use pellets. This is the first I've heard of the hop spider. It looks like an awesome idea. I've read about some people having problems with hop utilization with the paint straining bags though. What would be the best type bags to use here for pellets?

Lennie 04-16-2012 10:47 PM

I think most people are using nylon paint strainer bags and they look like a fine mesh. It'd seem to give better utilization than a muslin sock and is reusable.

CraigT 04-17-2012 12:00 AM

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Starting my hop spider now. So far the cost is 0$. I just need to get a paint strainer
Its 4 in diameter ss w/ ss rails.

Thank you all for you your suggestions

born3z 04-17-2012 02:49 AM

I think you'll really like it. I've used mine for a few brews now with good success.

xcaliburinhand 04-17-2012 04:50 PM

A while back I saw someone mention using a tea ball at the end of the dip tube, I have had pretty good success with it even with pellets.


Found it:

CraigT 04-17-2012 11:37 PM

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Final product. And the total cost was $3.50 something! I'm gonna see how this works out for me this weekend. I also have a 5/8 braid i may try on my dip tub as well. thanks everyone for the ideas

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