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Old 03-03-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default How to keep my bazooka tube from getting clogged?

I recently upgraded to a 15 gallon boil pot. I added a valve and a bazooka tube. I've made two batches...a 5 gal batch with 1 oz of pellet hops, and a 10 gal batch with 4 oz of pellet hops. Both times the tube got clogged. This last batch I had to rack from the boil pot to the fermenter, hops and all.

I'm thinking of ditching the bazooka tube and going back to my home-made hop filter made from paint strainer bags. Anyone have any solutions to clogged bazooka tubes? Are they just no good for pellets? Or should I just go back to what worked for me?

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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Subscribed cause I have one that I can never use it is always clogged. I whirlpool too and it still gets clogged.

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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yeah, i just spent $20 on one and stopped using it after one batch, went to paint strainer bags. Also it screws up stirring and whirlpooling.

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yeah, i just spent $20 on one and stopped using it after one batch, went to paint strainer bags. Also it screws up stirring and whirlpooling.
Exactly, I can't stir the darn wort either, and it messes up the immersion chiller too cause the bazooka screen extends 4" into the pot.
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So glad I am not the only one! My bazooka screen pisses me off. Always clogs, hard to stir without crashing into it, and it interferes with my chiller. Was thinking about a hop strainer.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:54 AM   #6
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Good luck. Hop pellets are gonna clog that no matter what. You might try some whole hops. Otherwise, paint strainers work wonders.

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i'm looking for a solution myself. Considering a http://brewing.lustreking.com/gear/hophanger.html

I've also seen BobbyfromNJ's youtube vid on building a hopstopper which looks
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What about building a hop spider? I brew 10 gallon batches, typically hop heavy, and have no real issues with hop gunk now. I built it for about 10 bucks.

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I have a hop spider and have used it for years. I'll just go back to that and ditch the bazooka screen.

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I'm looking at doing a jay bird 15" false bottom (I use a keggle) with the three stage stand. Check out NorCal brewing. Not cheap at $130 with the reverse hinge and handle but I've read good things about it stopping hops and break while letting you drain virtually all the liquid.

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