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Old 03-28-2013, 03:57 PM   #51
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these look pretty cool.
How about making a long narrow one that will fit the neck of a carboy. I think a lot of guys that don't keg would dig it.

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:57 PM   #52
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these look pretty cool.
How about making a long narrow one that will fit the neck of a carboy. I think a lot of guys that don't keg would dig it.
We've thought about it but the amount you can use will be decreased dramatically compared to a bag. We're not sure if it's really an advantage to bags and it would be a bummer to find out customers who bought them are going back to bags. It's not out the window but there would have to be a good demand for it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #53
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The trouble with a bag (and I had this problem myself) is that if you use too much hops, they will swell in the bag and when you try to pull the bag out, they all get pushed to the bottom of the bag and form a huge ball that's impossible to remove. To prevent that, I've resorted to putting small amounts of hops at a time and tying knots in between (like sausage links).

I think the ideal product would be an elongated sausage-shaped tea-ball style thing that fits through the neck of the carboy. The tips of each one could have hook where you can link several of them together in case you need more capacity. Then you could get full immersion of a large amount of hops while still fitting them all through the carboy neck.

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:32 PM   #54
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Well that was awkward. LOL.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:55 PM   #55
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Got one of these from my parents for my b-day. Dry hoping a Pliny with it now. Looks like it will do the job.

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Old 04-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #56
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what are everyones best practices for sanitizing this bad boy? so far I dunk in star san bucket, take lid off, fill with hops, put lid in and screw on the bracket (which, I am finding, is a bit of a pain in the ass), then spray down with starsan up top where you touched, dunk bottom in star san again, then drop in keg?

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:20 PM   #57
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What I do is pretty similar to what you do. But I don't worry about spraying down where I touched it or dunking the bottom again. My hands are sanitized and I don't touch anything else with the dry hopper before it goes in to the keg.

But I also don't worry about making sure every little thing is ultra-sanitized. I'm actually pretty relaxed in my sanitation procedures, haven't had any problems yet and until I do I'll keep doing things the same.

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I have done pretty much the same. My hopper is coming out of a corny keg tonight after a week of dry hopping, so we will see how it did. I'm sure it will do fine.

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Yeah as I said I am most concerned about the time it sits in there. It takes me a month minimum to kick a keg.

As far as carbonating on the hops. If anything, I think it would help. Heck on Top Chef this season there was an episode where they pressurized a container to infuse flavor into their food. I honestly can't recall what they made but they certainly used that method to infuse more flavor.
Not the same thing.

Anyway, i may have to try one of these.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:19 PM   #60
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Yesterday I came up with an idea for another use for this. On my next brew day I'm going to put the dry-hopper in my fermenting bucket and drain the wort from my brew kettle in to it using it to filter out all the hop gunk and break material. This way I won't have to ever clean out another paint strainer. Plus it will help keep my siphon tube in the bucket since it's a much smaller opening that it will go in to.

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