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Old 02-16-2010, 06:14 PM   #11
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I used to use the mesh strainer on the funnel, and, like it does for you, it would get clogged constantly. I eventually got fed up with it and just stopped bothering as I never noticed a difference in taste between those I strained and those I didn't.

I just use my hop bag and the rest just flows out of the kettle and in the fermenter. I only use the hop bag because the hop sludge seems to clump a lot more and clog up airlocks on active fermentations. Keep in mind that I don't use an ordinary hop bag, though. The 5 gallon paint strainer bags are much larger than your typical hop bag and allow the hops to move a lot more freely in the boiling wort. There's a bunch of threads on using them for this purpose.

I think whole hops are much more likely to clog your valve than pellet hops and/or break materials.

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:20 PM   #12
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Thanks Mojotele I will get myself a paint strainer
Single Vessel BIAB is all I need....Until we figure out the no vessel technique.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:09 PM   #13
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I use a 25foot CFC chiller between my keggle and fermenter. will gravity feed a 10gal batch down to 70deg in about 15min (still don't have a pump)
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