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View Poll Results: What do you use in your boil kettle?
False bottom 7 17.50%
Whirlpool 18 45.00%
Hop spider 19 47.50%
Hop blocker/screen 6 15.00%
Other 4 10.00%
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:44 PM   #21
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Tried a DIY hop spider with no luck (melted the PVC). I plan to try it again the next batch. I can whirlpool and it seems to work I guess, but I grow impatient.

Next batch I plan to just run it through a paint strainer zip tied to my camlock fitting and call it good. I have brewed dozens of batches and hop matter got into the primary and in the end it was still really good tasting beer.

My views may change if I start entering comps, even then I view it as "just beer" for the most part.

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Old 04-04-2014, 02:01 AM   #22
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Yes. I'm not sure if it was too big for my kettle or not, but I never got a rolling boiling inside of the spider.
Interesting. I had problems with the 400 micron mesh, so had him build a 300 micron basket. That stopped the really bad problems, but when I brew with a significant amount of wheat I still get proteins clogging the mesh and slowing or stopping the boil inside the basket--but then again those batches typically involve a large amount of late whole hops that may also affect the boil.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:33 PM   #23
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This thread inspired me to perform an experiment. Instead of using my hop basket/spider, I attached the boil screen from my MLT to my kettle dip tube to see how it would perform. In the test recipe, I used 10 oz of leaf hops. The grain bill was all barley.

The good:

  • It did a fantastic job holding back hops (not a surprise)
  • I think I got better hop utilization compared to using a hop basket
  • I enjoyed not having a massive basket in the kettle during the boil

The not as good:
  • Much of the surface area of the boil screen was blocked with break material, which resulted in a slow drain (~30% of normal)
  • It was pretty much impossible to do a whirlpool to drain off only clear beer (because of the mass of leaf hops)
  • Made me appreciate the simplicity of pulling the hops out of the kettle using a basket

Definitely some tradeoffs. I'd be pretty nervous about using the boil screen when the grain bill includes higher protein grains. If it blocks up more significantly, chilling will be a serious PITA since I rely on a pump. Otherwise it seems to be a viable option that I will probably use again. I doubt I'll switch to it as my SOP though.
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