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Old 11-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default marbles for dry hopping?

I notice in another thread a user says to get non toxic lead-free marbles for dry hopping. How the heck do i find lead-free marbles? Only source i can think of is the dollar store... You get what you get there. Any tips on where to find lead-free/organic/free trade marbles?

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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I think most are glass.

Glass will be safe.

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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And you need at least 2 bags of them, I had a hell of a time getting my hops to sink with just 1 bag of marbles......

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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Really? 2 bags?

You can also use those glass decorative marbles from any craft store. I did and they worked fine in secondary for 2 weeks.

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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Hell. Wash a rock.

Cheaper

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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use aquarium rocks. Get them at the pet store. I use maybe 6 of them, enough to have the hop bag sink during the boil.

I guess you could use them for a dry hop though

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FYI: when you put the marbles in the bag, put them in a separate bag.

Put the marbles in a bag and tie it. Put the hops in a bag (don't tie it yet). Then put the bag of marbles in the bag of hops and tie the bag of hops. You'll be much happier pulling out a bag of marbles and pitching the used hops than trying to pick through the used hops to remove the marbles.

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You can also use stainless steel washers. Very dense so it won't take as much volume. And I had a few left over from making my mash run cooler.

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I used stainless nuts in a hop spider and they tarnished. I guess the acidity of the wort caused this but I was a little worried so I don't use them any more. As for the "glass" vase marbles in craft stores, look at the contents list on the packaging, most that I saw were 75% acrylic.

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I use an extra Stainless steel 1/2" coupler I had laying around.

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