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Old 11-23-2010, 07:07 PM   #11
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It's a hop bag, not a tea bag!

Sorry.... I couldn't resists

Anyway that looks awesome! I think I may try to make it sometime. Do you use whole hops? Or will this hold pellet hops just fine?
Thanks. Works great with pellets, that's all I've used. When it's in the pot, the pellets break down quick and there's a "mush" floating around in there. I'll pick up the legs a couple inches every once in a while, and let it drop back as I replace the legs on the kettle rim. Read on here that this helps with hops use. If not, no loss. When you pull the hop spider from the kettle, the mush lumps together and looks almost like a green bread dough when you turn it out. Quick and easy clean up too, just some rinsing really.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:09 PM   #12
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Nice build, looks very simple. I've seen this construction a couple times before, and I always wondered if there was a way to build it so the bag could be quickly disconnected from the reducer? I was thinking it would be nice to be able to connect a grain bag to steep, and then disconnect quickly for a hop bag later in the boil?

Has anyone tried to build something like that?
I've got a post pretty much about that I'm working on now. Though, I don't use the hop spider for the grain, no need. That new thread with be in the AG forum.

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:10 PM   #13
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How do you stir yer pot?

Also, please cut yer toenails. Thank you.

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Old 11-23-2010, 08:17 PM   #14
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How do you stir yer pot?

Also, please cut yer toenails. Thank you.
Toenails are done, thanks for the reminder. And no, I didn't cut them over the boil kettle.

As for stirring, I don't. the boil kettle is coming to a full boil when the hop spider goes on. I just let the boil do the stirring and occasionally lift the spider a bit to move the hops mush around.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:36 PM   #15
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You could save the cost of 2 carriage bolts, 4 hex nuts, and 4 washers. Just put the bolts across from each other. It's not like the thing is going to flip upside down with the hop bag hanging off of the bottom.

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Great photos. I have been using one of these for several years and love it.

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Old 11-24-2010, 12:55 PM   #17
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Lil' Sparky has another build thread on here that he did a few years ago.

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Old 11-24-2010, 03:18 PM   #18
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Yes, he did. Right here, post #3. But, I couldn't find any other pictures or his instructions on the build.
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For a 'quick release' version, instead of using the hose clamps, you could stack another fitting on top like the photo ?
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Great build thread. Seriously, very well done. Here are a few comments (I've been using one of these for 2 years).

  • The bag is going to slip off and you will lose the hops and bag into the boil. It will happen the way you have it arranged. I know you have the clamp really tight, but it will happen. Consider flipping the flange, or a different flange. I used one that had a much wider hole, and the wider part is on the bottom so that the flange cannot go over it. Still, I've had the bag slip through and fall. So also re-tighten clamp occasionally.
  • The nuts and washers on mine started to rust after a year, so I removed them, and the threaded rods, and replaced with a single copper pipe that ran right through the middle. Works great, and I can slide the pipe out when done and it stores nice and compact. In fact, to clean I just let it soak in oxyclean in the bottom of my boil kettle for a few days.
  • A piece of copper pipe in the bag will keep it from floating during the boil.
  • My hop utilization is fine with mine. There are a lot of folks who claim otherwise, but I have no problem at all.
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