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Old 03-01-2011, 01:08 PM   #11
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You can make a hop filter: http://billybrew.com/hop-filter-build

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Old 03-01-2011, 03:58 PM   #12
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Another thing you can do (assuming you have a bottling bucket) is to pour your chilled beer into the bottling bucket, and let it rest overnight. Then, transfer to your primary fermenter the next day. You could add the yeast whenever you want. It will probably be fine if you add the yeast after transfering, but if you are worried about infection (or if its really hot out) I bet it would work fine if you pitched it when it was in the bottling bucket.

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Old 03-01-2011, 04:08 PM   #13
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Try the ultra cheap version of the link by billy brew.

Buy a 5-gallon paint strainer bag and use some binder clips to clip the bag to your boil kettle.

these kind of clips -- http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS245&q=binder+clips&s afe=on&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=4711814463276127630&sa=X&ei=2ydtTZfEPNC2twe9 2pDKBQ&ved=0CE4Q8gIwBA#

I've also just thrown the strainer bag in a funnel and filtered it out as I transfer from BK to fermenter.

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Old 03-01-2011, 04:34 PM   #14
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my normal kitchen strainer happens to be one of those screen mesh ones, and the mesh is pretty fine. i run the wort through it as it goes into the fermentor. this gets a lot of the spent hops out. The rest settles out in the trub generally.

Sometimes I'll make a style that I'd prefer to have NO hop bits in the fermentor at all. when this is the case I add one of those micro-mesh screens that you can get at homebrew stores to my funnel. It is extremely effective, but drains very very slowly, and clogs quickly so it's a pain. If you want no hops in your vessel, this works well but it's very tedious.

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Old 03-01-2011, 04:53 PM   #15
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:29 AM   #16
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Try the ultra cheap version of the link by billy brew.

Buy a 5-gallon paint strainer bag and use some binder clips to clip the bag to your boil kettle.

these kind of clips -- http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS245&q=binder+clips&s afe=on&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=4711814463276127630&sa=X&ei=2ydtTZfEPNC2twe9 2pDKBQ&ved=0CE4Q8gIwBA#
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:36 AM   #17
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Whole leaf go in 1 gallon paint strainer bags...really cheap at the hardware store and fine enough mesh for whole. Plug or pellet just go in the boil and settle out in the fermenter. I used to strain with a kitchen strainer but that is slow. Now after boil, I just pluck the bags out with sterilized kitchen tongs and squeeze the bejesus out of them to get the wort out. I try to dry hop with pellet and let it settle in a secondary. Unlike the trend, I prefer to always secondary.

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Old 03-02-2011, 02:15 AM   #18
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I just use this strainer:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/default/double-mesh-stainless-strainer.html

Works perfectly. Lucky for me my fermenter mouth is perfect for this strainer's size.


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Old 03-08-2011, 05:35 AM   #19
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I've been using this funnel. Works great.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/anti-splash-funnel-with-strainer.html

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:47 AM   #20
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Straining pellets versus leaf is a huge difference.

I've tried a variety of techniques for pellet hops, but the only easy, consistent one is using a bag during the brewing process. Once they get into the beer itself it is usually a PITA to strain them out because they're fine enough to clog most filters. If you need to get them out, then you can put a cheese cloth screen around the end of your siphon tube and strain them out that way. It's still not smooth though, and the two beers that I used that technique on have aged much more quickly than expected, which makes me think they were getting exposed to too much oxygen.

Leaf hops are another thing entirely. I have a large, bucket mouth sized strainer as well as a large filtered funnel like Idlehanz links to, and depending on the fermentation vessel, I just use those. Leaf hops don't clog strainers as quickly (or as completely), and it's much easier to work with them. (This is incidentally why I've started growing hops, more of the leaf convenience with less of the higher price).

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