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Old 09-30-2006, 11:02 PM   #1
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I just brewed my first batch in like 11yrs.

-48 oz. of pale LME

-16 oz. adjunct extract LME

-Boiled 60 min in my home made Copper brew-pot

-2 ounces Cascade pellets for 60 min.

-1.5 oz of hallertauten pelltes for 15 min.

-10 grams of nottington yeast + 2 grams of nutrient

When i went to pour the batch into the fermentor, I realized that I needed to filter out all those pellets flying all over my wort pot. So I used a paint filter thingy(made of paper and Mesh). Sucked real bad, would only filter 3/4 of a pint before clogging. What should i do next time? should a person BAG the pellets? Do those BAGs really work? Can a person just throw those hops right in the fermentor with no filtration at all? Or can a person use some kind of a nylon streched over the circumference of the top of the pail? Or can someone give me some better suggestions.

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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From what I have read and learned here, the pellets should dissolve and sink to the bottom. Someone with more experience could tell you for sure.

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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The pellets don't dissolve, they break down into a mushy, (wet)powder-like goo...and fall out to the bottom.

I use a nylon net on my primary and sparge the hops with cold water after I pour the wort into the primary.

If you get one of these bucket nets you'll have to use about 6 spring loaded cloths pins (I do) to hold the weight of the hops and water as the hops do tend to clog the pores of the net. Simply take your spoon and lightly scrape the bottom of the net. The water will fall out (into the primary) and the hops become relatively dry. At this point I pour another gal of cold water inthe net and repeat the scraping. Let drain and remove.

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Sorry... "break down" is a better description then dissolve.

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:37 PM   #5
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Just use a large screen strainer from Wal-Mart

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If you can find fine mesh nylon bags, you can bag pellets. They are crushed, so you don't have the circulation problems you might have with whole hops. Even though I have a bazooka filter in my kettle, I'll bag the bittering hops, if they are pellets.

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Old 10-01-2006, 01:22 AM   #7
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I use the muslin bags that my brew shop sells for steeping the grains in. The fine particals for the pettles filter through it, but on the whole I haven't had a problem so far. It makes straining the wort after the boil alot easier.

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I use one of those reusable grain bags for mine. Have one for the grains, and one for the hops. I just open it and add the hops at the appropriate time during the boiling cycle. It keeps most of the hops out of the wort.

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Another thing you can do, other than using a bag, is to do a whirlpool. After you have cooled your wort, stir it to get a whirlpool going. Cover it and let it sit untill it stops "spinning". The hops and any other particles will settle out to the bottom center of the pot. Use a racking cane to transfer to your primary. The "stuff" will stay in the pot. I personally haven't tried this because I use the bag method, but I have heard many people talking about it.
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There is also the alternative of simply leaving them there. They won't really hurt anything.

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