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Old 06-12-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default How do you Filter Out Hops after Boil?

Last night I made an IIPA. Lots of leaf hops.

I have used a hop spider before but I wanted maximum utilization so I did not.

I'm using a Blichman 15Gal Pot with false bottom (I use it to mash and to boil)

I take the false bottom out after I dump the grains for boiling.

Everytime the downspout gets clogged and I have to man ahndle the thing and pour it into a funnel with a strainer.

Last night I tried whirlpooling with a drill and paint mixer. Got a nice vortex going for about 1 min. Let it settle for about 2 min and opened the downspout to drain.

Yep clogged. SO I had to dump it into a funnel/strainer by lifting the thing up

So aside from using a hop spider what other methods do you guys use that is successful?

Is the whirlpool thing only really useful with pellet hops? Because it did jack squat for me. Unless I did it wrong! :-)


I'm just thinking when I move to 15 gallon batches I can just lift the thing up. I will need a better way to stop the dip tube from getting clogged when I'm draining.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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I use a paint strainer bag. As far as whirlpooling goes... 2 minute rest is no where near long enough. Most guys I know let it sit for a 1/2 hour.

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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I answered a similar question in another thread today but I just got back from purchasing all the material necessary for a hop spider from Lowes. I had a similar situation this Sunday where my stainless scrubby filter got clogged with leaf hops and I ended up having to siphon the wort from the top of the kettle instead of using the ball valve/drain assembly. That was a big PITA.

I am 99% certain I will not have this problem with my soon-to-be hop spider.

Materials bought:
6 x 4 PVC reducer – $7
4-5 inch stainless worm clamp – $2
5 gallon paint strainer bag (2pack) - $3
4 zinc plated hex bolts 5/16 x 8 inch - $4 total
8 nuts -5/16” = $1 total
8 washers – 5/16” = <$1 total

For a grand total of around $18 bucks.

Couple things I’d like to point out – PVC does not do well under very high temperatures (You could substitute a stainless collar or CPVC. I plan to keep the majority of it mounted above the kettle, with a vent hood constantly on, and never putting a lid on the pot. I would rather have the larger opening for hops dumping and dont want to spend $50 on SS). And some people get worked up about having zinc plated metals near their brews (I plan to never immerse any of the zinc objects in the wort. Dripping condensation will be zero to minimal IMHO.)

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Hop bazooka, hop taco, hopstopper, all screens. Google this site for these. Actually using a screen with whole hops works really well, even a smaller screen. It's the pellets that prove difficult.

[Edit] the hopstopper is not a screen, I mention it because you have a Blichman kettle.

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Hey imperialipa,

I have the Blichmann 15 as well and have always used a paint strainer bag with whole leaf hops--never tried it without. Maybe go a little slower with the valve? It will take a little longer but you might find it doesn't clog. Also, maybe check out blichmann's hop blocker. I don't have any experience with it but it could improve your situation.

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If you are using a Blichmann Pot, then you must use the Hop Stopper! It is the absolute perfect solution for filtering out hops in the Boil Kettle.

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/hop-stopper

I have one and love it. Not only does it work great, the cleanup is super easy!!!

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hopstopper, hopblocker...too many hop thingys to keep straight!

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Hey imperialipa,

I have the Blichmann 15 as well and have always used a paint strainer bag with whole leaf hops--never tried it without. Maybe go a little slower with the valve? It will take a little longer but you might find it doesn't clog. Also, maybe check out blichmann's hop blocker. I don't have any experience with it but it could improve your situation.

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Blichmann's hop blocker is one of the few Blichmann Fails out there. I was going to purchase it but was persuaded by several resources saying that it tips easily and just does not perform up to typical Blichmann Standards.
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Here is my kettle screen. Works great with any amount of whole hops. Actually works pretty good for a reasonable amount of pellet hops. There are a ton of threads here about making your own. This is 28x28 SS screen from mcmaster with stainless rivets.

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I always find it pretty amusing that people put the pick-up tube near dead-center from the kettle. If you whirlpool, that's exactly where all the hops debris + hot break are going to end up.

I've fitted my kettle with a simple copper ring that has very small holes drilled underneath it, and it's installed about 2/3rd of the way on the floor of my keggle. The hops + break all end up inside the center of it and I can draw off all of the liquid after whirlpooling briefly and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes.

In fact, the brewpub I briefly worked at used a whirlpool of 5 minutes (thru a pump) and settle time of 5 minutes. Their draw-off outlet was mounted, you guessed it, about 2/3rd of the way up from the kettle center. Their kettle was nearly flat but with a aim towards dead center, and there was a drain there too, to clean the kettle.

When I refer to 2/3rd of the way up, I am referring to the horizontal plane, not vertical.

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