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Old 04-25-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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I've got a hop bag that I want to use for a spider. I work at an auto parts store, so I got a piece of all thread and nuts for the supports, as well as the hose clamp for a whopping $2.50. My question is regarding the cylinder. Can I use an exhaust connector? It's just steel, not stainless. My thought is that since it's going to be above the wort, it shouldn't really matter, but I'd rather run it by y'all first. Should I use pvc? Something else?

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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When that rusts steam will condensate and drip rust into your brew. I'd go PVC.

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:38 AM   #3
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When that rusts steam will condensate and drip rust into your brew. I'd go PVC.
How high above the pot will it be sitting? Everything he said was right but u also wanna watch PVC if its low-sitting. The steam coming up could cause a similar issue, since regular PVC starts to leach bad things above 140. Since uve saved a good amount of $$$ u might wanna look for something SS that would work or get the higher grade PVC that won't leach.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:08 PM   #4
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I used a PVC spider without incident until I brewed a double IPA. The recipe called for 8 ounces of hops over the course of the boil, and about 5 minutes before flameout the PVC got so soft that the weight of the hops collapsed it and it fell into the pot. Beer came out fine, but I replaced it with a brass toilet flange. So far so good.

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Old 04-25-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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SS sink flange has been used too. You saved a bunch on the extras, might as well go the SS option.

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Old 04-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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SS sink flange has been used too. You saved a bunch on the extras, might as well go the SS option.
+1. I use a SS sink ring designed for a garbage disposal installation. It works like a champ. Fairly cheap too!
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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+1 on the SS sink flange. I recently picked up an In-Sink-Erator one on ebay for $4.

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Old 04-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #8
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here is mine. Going to use it today or tomorrow for the first time
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-hop-spider-405177/

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anyone have a pic of theirs, using the sink flange/strainer?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/wher...0/#post5076679

This is my version of the sink flange, works great!
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