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Old 08-24-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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For my 4th batch I had a major issue with trying to strain the hop pellets from the wort. The wort wouldn't drain because all the debris clogged it. Is there a way to avoid this? Should I even bother trying? Should I just dump it all into the fermenter?

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That's what I do- just dump all of it into the primary. If I had a counterflow chiller, or something that would clog, I'd have to do it differently. But for the last several years, I just dump it all in to primary. If I have a ton of leaf hops, often I'll strain through a sanitized colander, just because it's so easy to do. But pellet hops disintegrate into sludge, and settle to the bottom, so I just dump it all in.

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That's what I do- just dump all of it into the primary. If I had a counterflow chiller, or something that would clog, I'd have to do it differently. But for the last several years, I just dump it all in to primary. If I have a ton of leaf hops, often I'll strain through a sanitized colander, just because it's so easy to do. But pellet hops disintegrate into sludge, and settle to the bottom, so I just dump it all in.
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If I have the hop socks, I'll use them, if not, I don't worry about it.
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Use a fine nylon bag to put them in. For each time point during the boil, just pick the bag up, open it, and add more hops. Works for leaf and pellet hops.

Austinhomebrew sells them for like $4.

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I'm not sure why but for batch 2 and 3 I used pellets and my strainer that sits inside the funnel worked. So this time when it failed I was very frustrated and panicked. I also assumed you had to filter them out before going to the primary.

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Several people around here use something like this. 5 gal paint strainer clamped to a PVC coupler w/ rods to support it above your kettle.

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Several people around here use something like this. 5 gal paint strainer clamped to a PVC coupler w/ rods to support it above your kettle.
And that keeps the pellet remains in the strainer? I didn't think those were fine enough to keep the remains inside.

Also, can you reuse that strainer or is it impossible to clean?

So, is it better to keep the hop pellets out of the primary as I suspected?
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And that keeps the pellet remains in the strainer? I didn't think those were fine enough to keep the remains inside.
Yes, it's fine enough to keep the clogging particles out.

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Also, can you reuse that strainer or is it impossible to clean?
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So, is it better to keep the hop pellets out of the primary as I suspected?
Not really. If you're doing 5 gal batches and just want to dump everything into a bucket, that's fine. It won't adversely affect your beer. Most people want to filter the hops out if they're using a pickup tube, a CFC, or a plate chiller, so that the hops don't cause a clog.
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I wish I knew why I got the idea that I had to strain the pellet debris out. Maybe from the beginner books which I think assume real hops and instruct you to strain them out, which led me to assume that pellets would follow the same rule. Regardless, it was an assumption on my part.

As neat as the strain bag idea looks, I may just forget about it and dump everything into my primary from here on in. Until I get a decent batch under my belt I just can't justify spending more time and money on equipment.

Then again, here's a thought. Instead of the PVC bolt idea that someone posted a picture of in this thread, could you just hang the paint strainer from a skewer that is hanging over the pot? I used a skewer to hang my thermometer and suspend my grain bag so it seems like this would work too. Only difficulty would be opening it back up to add more hops after the first but I think I could manage that. I might try this next time.

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