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Old 05-17-2012, 08:18 PM   #31
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Can you get any good deals on stainless mesh? I have been considering a large mesh basket that would be capable of keeping most hops out of the pump but allow a near free biol in the kettle.

I used the strainer bags on ipas as well but have probably ripped more of them then I care to admit.
I do and actually have some I need to play with. For me it has to look good, be strong and cheap. I have a couple contacts on perforated too that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on. After a few batches with test runs I'll have an idea of what mesh size to use. I have a couple of ideas for the use of this stuff.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:31 PM   #32
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #33
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For me it has to look good, be strong and cheap.
Then we speak the same language! haha

Really looking forward to that. That is somehting I would by today if you had a good solution. I have played with several options with the mesh and for 11g hoppy beers with pellet hops I just haven't been happy enough. But I really want to keep the full boil. I hate having to dip and shake the paint strainers to feel like I am getting the contact and utilization I want with the hops.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:26 PM   #34
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8"-10" wide at 24"tall??

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I made my own awhile back. My gen 2 is closer to the one offered here so you can use a larger hopsack. Here is my gen1:



You need one of these if you use a plate chiller. Props to Stainless for getting this going.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:15 PM   #36
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Looking forward to using mine. I have a bunch of hop sludge in my primary right now.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:37 PM   #37
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8"-10" wide at 24"tall??
My pot is 20''x20'' (element is say 4-5 inches off the bottom). So I would be interested in anything that is say 16'' or so wide or less (bigger being better). Now there comes a point where price makes you tap out. So maybe you have found a sweet spot in the 10'' range.

For height you could keep it at 24'' just in case, but I would probably need only 15''+

If little feet (to keep it off the element) were available that would be cool. But if it offsets the price and makes it too "custom", then I would be happy with just a basket.

Another thought I had was a way to lift and hold the hop basket out of the brew (end of boil) so they can drip dry while chilling. Maybe a simple hook on the side of the basket that you could hang it on the kettle rim. Might need reinforcement so the basket doesn't buckle. I usually pull hop bags once I am below 130F when chilling.


So ideal for me might be something like a basket that is ~14'' -16'' wide and height doesn't really matter as long as it is taller than the kettle wall. Possibly feet on the basket (might give the basket good weight for keeping it from tipping too). Possibly a nifty way to lift and hang on the kettle sidewall (hook on side) and drain the precious wort from the hops.

of course the focus should be on pellet hop straining IMO (whole hopes are easy to deal with but I mostly buy/use pellet).
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Any chance of a packaged deal with the SS mesh basket similar to what is built in this thread?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/hops...screen-157529/

There is discussion in the thread on appropriate mesh size as well. They mention either 30x30 or 32x32 as the appropriate size for pellet hops.

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looks like one guy was using 28x28x.010" too.

I was even considering a two stage approach to this, two baskets. Then I let it be for a while because other aspects of my build were deemed more pressing. Maybe even using voile type material as a first or second stage. I don't care if some hops get in, just not enough to clog my pumps!

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Any chance of a packaged deal with the SS mesh basket similar to what is built in this thread?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/hops...screen-157529/

There is discussion in the thread on appropriate mesh size as well. They mention either 30x30 or 32x32 as the appropriate size for pellet hops.
The brain is brewing with some ideas. I get the argon bottle today and we'll see what happens over the weekend. I saw this thread awhile back and that guy did an amazing job on that thing.
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