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Old 12-27-2011, 01:34 AM   #11
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I would love to see the results from a batch using all pellet hops.

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Old 12-27-2011, 03:13 AM   #12
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So doing this! Great idea!

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Old 12-27-2011, 03:22 AM   #13
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If I brew next weekend I'll try to do a batch with pellet hops (an IPA). I suspect the screen will be more susceptible to getting blocked up with pellet sludge, but there are other people I've seen on HBT with SS screen hop stoppers who have had success with pellet hops.

When I try it with pellet hops the first time I'll probably reduce the flow a little bit and maybe stir the wort around the screen to keep the hop sludge from building up on the screen. I don't care if some of the small hop material gets thru the screen (the particles would be too small to plug a plate chiller), I just need to find out if the screen will get plugged up with pellet sludge or not. I think it will work OK.

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Old 12-27-2011, 03:47 AM   #14
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If I brew next weekend I'll try to do a batch with pellet hops (an IPA). I suspect the screen will be more susceptible to getting blocked up with pellet sludge, but there are other people I've seen on HBT with SS screen hop stoppers who have had success with pellet hops.

When I try it with pellet hops the first time I'll probably reduce the flow a little bit and maybe stir the wort around the screen to keep the hop sludge from building up on the screen. I don't care if some of the small hop material gets thru the screen (the particles would be too small to plug a plate chiller), I just need to find out if the screen will get plugged up with pellet sludge or not. I think it will work OK.
Thank you. I think it will work OK, as well, as long as you don't recirculate in any way.
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I've been looking at various inexpensive ways and this is worth a try.

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Old 12-27-2011, 05:12 AM   #16
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I've used paint strainers as hop bags plenty of times with pellet hops. I've had no significant problems. Its a bit of a mess to clean the bag and don't think for a second you'll get it all the way clean but it will be good enough to get you through several brewdays before it needs replacing.

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Old 12-27-2011, 05:17 AM   #17
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What's the difference (in purpose) between this and a $15 bazooka tube installed on a boil kettle?

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Old 12-27-2011, 12:48 PM   #18
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What's the difference (in purpose) between this and a $15 bazooka tube installed on a boil kettle?
The purpose would be the same - to filter stuff out of the wort as you drain the kettle. If you can attach the bazooka tube directly to your ball valve without a coupler you should be able to drain the kettle pretty well by tilting it forwards while draining. If you need to use a coupler you'll end up leaving a lot of wort behind in the kettle.

Most bazooka tubes I've seen cost $20 or more (including shipping), so the tea ball is a little cheaper, and I think will pull more wort out of the kettle than with a bazooka by the added advantage of using a pickup tube. I think the tea ball has a slightly finer mesh to it than my bazooka tube too. I used to use a bazooka in my MLT until I switched to a false bottom for fly sparging.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:30 PM   #19
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They sell these at World Market as well. I bought 3 To use as hop balls. I can attest to that these will contain most of the pelleted hops inside them during a boil.

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