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Old 06-01-2011, 02:30 AM   #11
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most grocery stores sell "reusable" nylon produce bags... perfect for hops and still plenty of room to tie off or knot up.

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Old 06-21-2012, 06:37 PM   #12
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lowes 5 gallon paint strainers are what i use on my spider.. hangs nicely into the boil even on 5 gallons with my keggle.. i also have a small piece of copper pipe in there to keep it weighted down, seems to work well

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The rule of thumb is a 10% reduction in utilization. So not a huge difference either way.
Mea culpa.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:10 PM   #14
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The rule of thumb is a 10% reduction in utilization. So not a huge difference either way.
I don't think anyone has done any experiment to prove/disprove this. The only way to do it would be to take 1 batch of wort, split it into 2 boils with the exact same hop schedule. 1 batch would use a bag, the other the hops would be free. Then you would need to submit it for IBU testing. Outside of doing something like this, taste testing would be rather subjective even if the difference was 10% which I highly doubt it is. I use a 5 gal nylon paint strainer for my hops like others do and there is plenty of freedom for the hops within the bag even with 3-4 oz in the bag.
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I use a paint strainer bag in a homemade hop spider as well. I've not noticed any difference in the same recipe with or without the spider. But that's not real scientific.


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