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Old 05-29-2012, 05:02 AM   #111
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has anyone made a skinny version of this build to fit into a carboy neck? I would like to be able to put pulpy stuff like raisins and pureed ginger into my carboys, and be able to retract them later

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Old 06-01-2012, 10:52 PM   #112
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Maybe I'm a moron, but I can't figure out for the life of me how a 24" sheet of screen goes around a 10" circle. I mean, doesn't C=∏Ø?

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Old 06-02-2012, 03:28 AM   #113
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Maybe I'm a moron, but I can't figure out for the life of me how a 24" sheet of screen goes around a 10" circle. I mean, doesn't C=∏Ø?
You're not a moron; a 10" circle has a circumference of 31.4".
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:39 AM   #114
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Go with these pastry rings / stainless hoops. I used it on mine (Page 6 of this thread). The thing is 2"tall, and is heavy duty. Just make sure you select the right diameter from the drop down at Amazon.

Also, an update to my hopstopper, I wouldn't change anything. The hopstopper catches probably 65-70% of pellet hops, and 100% of leaf. There is just enough of a boil to cause currents in the wort inside the hopstopper. Any other size mesh and more **** would get in/out. If ANYthing, go with a thicker wire than what I have (one step up), but be sure you stir inside the hopstopper during the boil because there might not be much current. A little agitation never hurts once in a while.

You can't sew this stuff. You'll get bloody trying and it isn't worth it. Just fold over every rough edge (trust me) to give support, and then rivet there. Note though those folded spots have a higher tendency to collect crap. Mine is definitely seasoned from all the hops it has seen, but I appreciate that effect. I still get it 95% clean after each use.

Brewed some DFH 60m IPA on it twice now, the utilization is great. Cleanup is easier.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:29 AM   #115
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I have to thank the OP for posting this. This post inspired me to make my own. Well that and I'm down to one last hopsack for my Gen2 holder that uses the 10 x 23 nylon bags. I was growing tired of the bags. This new setup is looking promising. I'll post a pic when I'm done soaking it in PBW...

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Old 06-08-2012, 04:19 AM   #116
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One of the best things I've ever done for my brew day was building one of these.

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:10 PM   #117
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Very good info and thanks. Now I just need to decide how big i need to go with one of these

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:25 PM   #118
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I made this 8" diameter model with perforated mesh. I was able to source the mesh for dirt cheap at a scrapyard, only $8.00. Because it was bought there, I have no idea how they measure the size. McMaster's price on perforated mesh is out of this world. My system is electric, so I made it to be just 1/4" above the element. The bottom is solid and has 1" sides to try to contain pellet material. I have brewed two beers with it so far and have used mostly leaf. The one ounce of pellets were hung from a bag into the bottom, because I wussed out. From test that I have done some material from the pellet hops gets incredibly small, and probably some would even go through the 30x30 mesh. I like the large diameter so that it can be stirred.

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:38 PM   #119
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Beautiful!

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Old 06-08-2012, 11:13 PM   #120
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Thanks again to the OP for the inspiration. Here's my iteration:



Highlights include 9" diameter rings, 30x30 mesh, removable arms to make storage easier. It is a big mother after all. I'm setting up now to brew with it Sunday...

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