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Old 07-21-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Is using a hop bag a good idea? Currently I just toss pellets in my kettle during the boil and deal with the hop muck at the end.

Do the hop bags really reduce or eliminate the amount of hop residue?

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Old 07-21-2010, 05:57 PM   #2
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Buy the bags, but then just using them over the tip of your siphon

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I just used a paint strainer bag for the first time this past Sunday and it works like a charm.

I had just a tiiiiiiny bit of hop sludge in the kettle when I was done.

Best $2 I've spend on brewing-related stuff in a long time.

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I just used a paint strainer bag for the first time this past Sunday and it works like a charm.

I had just a tiiiiiiny bit of hop sludge in the kettle when I was done.

Best $2 I've spend on brewing-related stuff in a long time.
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I have been using the small fine mesh hop bags and have been concerned about utilization. I have a paint strainer bag but have not used it. Last brew I just tossed the pellets in with no bag or filter.

I know you have an electric BK, so did you just tie the bag off so it couldn't come in contact with the element or just not worry about it?

I don't think there should be a problem with the bag melting if it comes in contact, but REAL sure I don't want to clean up the mess if I'm wrong.
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I know you have an electric BK, so did you just tie the bag off so it couldn't come in contact with the element or just not worry about it?

I don't think there should be a problem with the bag melting if it comes in contact, but REAL sure I don't want to clean up the mess if I'm wrong.
Yeah.... I was concerned about the nylon bag melting if it touched the electric element, so I actually decided to just test it.

I weighed the bag down with a couple of stainless measuring cups and intentionally sat it down in the kettle so that it was draped over the element and making full direct contact with it.

I boiled it that way in water for 30 minutes and then pulled it out to see the damage.

It was in perfect condition. I was pretty happy about it.

edit: I have a 5500W ULWD element.
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Yeah.... I was concerned about the nylon bag melting if it touched the electric element, so I actually decided to just test it.

I weighed the bag down with a couple of stainless measuring cups and intentionally sat it down in the kettle so that it was draped over the element and making full direct contact with it.

I boiled it that way in water for 30 minutes and then pulled it out to see the damage.

It was in perfect condition. I was pretty happy about it.

edit: I have a 5500W ULWD element.

PERFECT!

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Old 07-21-2010, 08:03 PM   #7
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FWIW, I use a cotton mesh hop bag (that I bought from Seven Bridges Co-op) and am pleased with it.

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Would a few layers of cheese cloth be acceptable?

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If you did a couple layers... probably.

I previously had a large cheesecloth bag (single layer) and it allowed enough of the pellet hop sludge to get through that it clogged my bazooka screen in the kettle and gave me some problems a couple of times.

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+1 for5 gallon paint strainers

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