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Old 04-10-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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I have use bags when steeping specialty grains before but what about for hop pellets?

I have a hard time straining the wort due to the strainer constantly cloggin up. I am sure bags would help but would it have a negative impact on the beer?
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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They won't have a negative effect on the beer. Make sure you use a very fine mesh or the hop pellets will go right through the bag.
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:40 PM   #3
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Muslin (disposable) hop socks are pretty standard. Make sure you leave tons of room for expansion. The socks don't keep all if it in but the majority of it.
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:32 PM   #4
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Try making a hop sock with stuff from HD or Lowes:

It is just a 5 gallon paint strainer, two 4" U clamps, threaded rods, wing nuts, washers, and binder clips. Works like a charm!
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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The hop socks work great...(I use one everytime). Just don't expect that they'll grab everything. Alot of particles still get through and if you strain your wort with a fine'll still get clogged...just not as much/often. If I strain my wort I use a metal strainer that catches the big stuff.....fine mesh is just a pain in the a#$...IMHO and I haven't noticed any difference in my brews....especially if you secondary or cold crash....

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