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Old 03-02-2012, 05:21 PM   #51
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I see that most of the home brew setups are not designed for pellet hops. Only way I see pellet hops being used is by people with autosiphons and imm. chillers. (like my old setup).

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:20 PM   #52
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Plus I like the idea of free range hops - it's not fair to the hops to put them in a cage when they really want to be free to dance unrestrained thoughout your boil kettle...
may be a little late on this thread but that is by far the best thing I have read all day!
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:53 PM   #53
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Tea ball bought. Love amazon prime!

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Old 04-02-2012, 02:23 AM   #54
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I just bought a tea ball and am getting the parts together to install it along with a pickup tube on the inside of my boil kettle. This is more of a question on the dip tube itself shown in the original photo. What type of fitting are you using between the dip tube and the 1/2" female NPT fitting on the bulkhead?

I've found a couple fittings online and just looking for some feedback on the different options out there:

http://www.brewershardware.com/1-2-Compression-X-1-2-MNPT-Fitting.html

http://weldlessfittings.com/kettlefittings.html

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:28 AM   #55
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I just bought a tea ball and am getting the parts together to install it along with a pickup tube on the inside of my boil kettle. This is more of a question on the dip tube itself shown in the original photo. What type of fitting are you using between the dip tube and the 1/2" female NPT fitting on the bulkhead?

I've found a couple fittings online and just looking for some feedback on the different options out there:

http://www.brewershardware.com/1-2-Compression-X-1-2-MNPT-Fitting.html

http://weldlessfittings.com/kettlefittings.html
That setup comes from Bargain Fittings. It's a SS pickup tube kit found here:

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=side&category_id=0&product_id=157

It screws into a SS coupler, which is attached to the ball valve. It's all weldless stuff.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:33 AM   #56
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Resurrecting the 2 times dead thread here. I wanted to buy this, but don't want to pay $80. So I started looking here and found a ton of different screen sizes. I figured I could just fold and crimp the ends to make a tight seal and then somehow get it over the dip tube in my blichmann pot.

The only thing I'm wondering, how small is too small? If I get a super fine mesh will it block all the hops AND all the trub material to the point that I won't get any of those trub proteins in my fermenter. I don't want all the trub, but I think I want some...

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Old 04-11-2013, 06:37 PM   #57
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OMG, you're my hero!

You and I have almost the exact same kettle setup and I even own the same giant tea ball from Amazon.

I have absolutely been struggling with hops in the kettle since I got it and most of the available recommended solutions are focused on keggles and not flat-bottomed brew kettles; some of the other solutions don't work because I'm an electric brewer with a 5500w LD element like yours; Even putting hops in the giant tea ball thing and hop bags still doesn't work great as the hop bags get sucked into my ball valve and clog up the works.

I have one additional challenge beyond yours and that's that my vessel has a tri-clamps and a TC ball valve so adding a dip tube isn't quite so straight forward but Brewershardware.com has dip tubes that work with TCs and now that I've got a vision for a solution I can march ahead.



Thanks again for this, I'll look into it more this weekend and hopefully get the dip tube ordered.


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Old 10-07-2013, 03:55 PM   #58
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Hi guys.
I was wondering if some user are still at the "base" level like me and use a racking cane to transfer chilled wort to the fermenting vessel.
Do you think that using a teaball at the end of the cane, I could hold enough hops and most trub material out of my wort? Has anyone tried something similar?

Thanks for your opinions, comments, and ideas!

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Old 10-28-2013, 03:13 PM   #59
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Zoltanar:

Simplicity is bliss. Put a paint strainer bag over the bottom of the auto-siphon and that will keep out the bulk of the trub.

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:58 AM   #60
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Thanks. I'll try it this week-end - I am brewing with my uncle.
I guess I might have to remove some of the trub that will surely build outside the paint strainer bag...but worth a try!

Thanks again,
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