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Old 02-09-2011, 12:41 AM   #21
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I use a one foot section of stainless steel chain that I bought at Home Depot. It's easy to clean and sanitize. If I make an IPA or something with alot of hops, I throw in a second section of chain.

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Old 02-10-2011, 04:56 PM   #22
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Ok, so one last opinion, am I better off using a bag and getting the flavor and aroma to the bottom...or just dump them all ont top?? Will the flavor and aroma get "spread around" just dumping them on top? or will all the flavor and aroma be on top??

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Old 02-10-2011, 05:08 PM   #23
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They'll sink to the bottom after a few days.

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Old 02-10-2011, 05:21 PM   #24
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They make ss tea balls that are all mesh.. I have used them with great success but they can only handle a half ounce at a time to be efficient.. I've used 4 at one time before.. Found almost anywhere but I got mine at wally world....
I found one at target, but it looked like it could barely hold 0.25oz. My LHBS had one that can hold 2 oz of hops, but 2oz is tough to get in there. And it's so compacted, it's probably a waste. So if i ever need to dryhop with 2oz, I'll probably buy another and do 1oz in each. I think it was $6.99.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:36 PM   #25
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The steel ball will not rust. In order for something to rust, it needs oxygen. Being fully immersed in the beer will prevent contact with oxygen.

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Old 02-10-2011, 05:40 PM   #26
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I found one at target, but it looked like it could barely hold 0.25oz. My LHBS had one that can hold 2 oz of hops, but 2oz is tough to get in there. And it's so compacted, it's probably a waste. So if i ever need to dryhop with 2oz, I'll probably buy another and do 1oz in each. I think it was $6.99.
The ones I got are about 3''.... I don't see using them in secondary cause I allow mine to be free and then use my paint strainer with my auto racker into my kegs... They are however awesome for dry hopping in the kegs thoe... I usually put them in first and rack onto so they can soak up and get as much air out by the time the kegs full...
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:59 PM   #27
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Ok, so one last opinion, am I better off using a bag and getting the flavor and aroma to the bottom...or just dump them all ont top?? Will the flavor and aroma get "spread around" just dumping them on top? or will all the flavor and aroma be on top??
there is absolutely no reason to sink them to the bottom. I dont contain them either. Just drop them in and let them do their thing. With practice you will get better at racking w/o sucking any up. I mostly use pellet hops and dont get a single fleck of hops in the keg.
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Sanitized marbles work great in the hop bag!

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:48 PM   #29
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I use a stainless steel mounting bracket that came with my therminator. But on my last batch a ton of hop particles escaped through the tiny hole where the hop bag ties closed.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:49 PM   #30
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i've got a few large marbles (1" od) that weigh a hop bag down nicely. I dry hop in a better bottle with the larger mouth on it, so there is no chance of it getting stuck. I have a work colleague that brews as well, and he used a marble in his glass carboy, and after the hops settled, it made a mass around the marble, and he couldn't get it through the neck of his carboy. i think he broke the carboy open because the marble was hand blown and more important to him than the carboy was. just be sure that whatever you put in, you can get out when it has a lump of hops attached to it.

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