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Old 04-07-2011, 10:02 AM   #21
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Hell no, that's definitely a mcmaster.com type of thing.
Thought I'd share what I found to use in my hop spider that might save some folks on $- stainless steel pastry/tart ring. I use this just to weigh down the strainer bag because my spider is a stainless steamer basket, but they are heavy duty enough for a hop spider build like this, I think.

Don't get me wrong, I luvz me some McMaster, but no need to pay $44 for this. This one is a great price @ ~ $18 depending on the size you want. There may be other brands that are heavier gauge, dunno.

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Daddios-St...1831421&sr=1-3


Oh, and I also found pretty decent prices for small sections of stainless mesh or perforated metal at www.smallparts.com also owned by amazon.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:42 PM   #22
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That's awesome. I made a simple spider out of brass rod, bent and brazed. $5. And it works. SUre is not as good looking as that. Maybe when other projects are complete, I'' make one out of stainless like that!.

 
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #23
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Look for industrial kitchen supply stores. I have one here in sacramento. Great source for stainless shapes, DIY stuff. I think its called West Coast Kitchen Supply.

 
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:36 AM   #24
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Dog House maybe I was too optimistic to assume I could solve hope debris with just a hop screen, but are you still experiencing enough debris through your screen that it warrants whirl-pooling too ?

 
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:34 AM   #25
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What kind of rivets would you recommend? Feeling kinda overwhelmed looking at all the different types of rivets on McMaster Carr.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:01 AM   #26
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Have got plans for a plunger/ramrod kind of thing?

I squeeze the crap out of my hop spider bag to get precious wort out of those hops.

That beast looks sturdy enough you could rig up a plunger and wring those babies dry.

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:28 AM   #27
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Thanks for this! I plan to make this also. I'm so sick of the bag. My bag always fills up with hops and cold break and wont strain. I recirculate back into the bag while I'm chilling and the bag just expands, it fills with break and hop materiel and it wont drain fast enough and then I lose my prime to my pump. Im so sick of this. I hope that the 20X20 screen will end all my hop and break material issues.
I plan on using rivets, I think these rivets will be fine but if there is any objection let me know.
http://www.smallparts.com/blind-rive...rowse=16414661

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:08 PM   #28
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If you're still using pellets, the break MAY still clog 20x20 mesh. Pellet gunk with break in it is really tenacious.....one thing you can do is scrape the insides of the mesh to keep things draining.

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:49 PM   #29
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If I can get some of the break out I would be happy I brewed yesterday with no hops and when chilling the wort and recirculating the bag just filled up and didnt even drain. I've tried different bags and have had no luck. Should I go 22 for more drainage or would that be too big?

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:55 PM   #30
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I'm going to have to fool around with autocad and see if I can get by with smaller sheets and make a couple of different sizes.

 
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