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mrwizard0 02-28-2011 03:15 AM

Straining Hops
Hey everyone,

Just looking to see if anyone had any really easy ideas for how to strain hops so that they dont make it into the fermentor. I tried some mesh tea balls, they seem to keep the hops out, but im not sure if they are keeping too much of the hop aroma, flavor, etc out


Rockape66 02-28-2011 03:17 AM

Using hops pellets I haven't even worried about this. I just put everything in my primary, and haven't had any problem with getting the hops to settle out with the trub.:mug:

kegtoe 02-28-2011 03:21 AM

24" x 36" straining bag. put inside the boil kettle, collects all the hops and protiens/break material. saves time, you dont have to whirl pool, simply pull the bag out. It also helps the cool down process as all that heat containing solids are now out of the wort.

cms 02-28-2011 03:59 AM

So far, I've just what happens to siphon from the pot to the fermenter in there and it settles out. I just picked up a fine mesh hop bag today for my next batch but since I am typically using pellets, I suspect that it won't hold a whole lot back.

The hops that land in the fermenter won't hurt anything - I think they've already given what they can give during the boil, so they've can't really over-hop your beer or anything. They'll just make your trub green.

arondee 02-28-2011 04:02 AM

The 24" x 36" paint straining bag mentioned earlier works great. I tried out a small hop bag today that I had to attach with fishing line and it was terrible, all the hops went right through the mesh. I might as well have just thrown the pellets into the wort. The paint strainer bags catch 90%+ of the pellets hops in my experience.

kegtoe 02-28-2011 04:17 AM

the one i talked about is a lot bigger than the paint strainer. it completey fits in the bottom of the kettle and it sits there for the whole boil.

arondee 03-01-2011 02:40 AM

Wow nice, where did you pick that up?

zcaad9 03-01-2011 03:10 AM

was just thinking about this today. I brewed an ipa a few months ago and didnt strain the hops out.

I brewed another ipa about a month ago and added 1/2oz more hops at the beginning of the boil to get a little more bitter...but this time i strained it all out, and its alot less bitter

whats the general consensus on straining hops?

wi_brewer 03-01-2011 03:21 AM

I cover my fermenter with a cheese cloth to catch the trub as I dump it in from my kettle.

kegtoe 03-01-2011 04:12 AM


Originally Posted by arondee (Post 2692061)
Wow nice, where did you pick that up?



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