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Old 02-20-2013, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default $8.50 Hop strainer

I was inspired by a similar thread using a jumbo SS tea ball. I down scaled mine using a 4" ball. This took about 3 minutes from start to finish. I reshaped the ball to fit better under my pickup arm and fit flush against the keg bottom.

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:40 PM   #2
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Where did you get it from

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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amazon.com search "stainless steel tea ball"

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:05 AM   #4
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I'd be concerned about it getting clogged with it being as small as it is. People have had issues with bigger hop pancakes. Let us know how it works though

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Ill be using it this week. Ill be sure to check back in.

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I used to use a jumbo. Worked great with gravity through my plate chiller but with a pump recirculating it clogs instantly. Now I use a giant stainless mesh basket (like the ones that stainless brewing sell and I should have just bought it from them). I'm going to keep testing various set ups

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:10 AM   #7
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Im using gravity, about 5 feet worth, and a counterflow. My last batch clogged up so bad i had to use compressed air to clear the CFC. Do you use whole leaf or pellets?

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Do not bother trying this if you are using a pump. I completely collapsed the same tea ball in a mildly hopped pale ale. Worst part was it happened in less than a minute as I was transfering into my fermenter. Had to Star san my arm and pull it off. Beer came out fine, but lesson learned.

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I used a larger tea ball and it clogged quickly. I use pellet hops with a side pickup...even after whirl-pooling i still pulled too much hop matter into the ball and it cut my flow rate significantly. Ended up popping it off. Now, granted I am using a pump, but its nothing like a a 420gph march, it only pumps 108gph, so there's no extreme suction going on in the kettle.

I think that $8.50 may be better spent building a hop spider. They also double as a filter when draining from the mash tun

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I will be using whole hop leaf with this. Hopefully i wont have horrible results. My Brew day last week got bumped to this sat so results will be posted shortly.

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