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Old 02-23-2007, 01:32 AM   #41
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Well, after this discussion, I thought I'd give something a try.

I've got one of these in my kettle.



It does great with whole hops, but does nothing for pellets. So I decided to sew a piece of nylon hop bag onto it to help catch the pellet hop particles. Here's a few pics. I'll be brewing this weekend. I'll give an update on how it works.







 
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:09 AM   #42
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Stainless came from Mcmaster but I can't help on the source for stainless wire. It was given to me from someone who works on airplanes. Search for lockwire. I mean, Mcmaster has it but the quantity is cost prohibitive. Actually, now that i look at it, they have 1/4lb rolls for under $10. I'm using what appears to be .032" diameter, but you can def get away with something half as thin.
Another place you can get small spools or lengths of stainless steel 304 or 316 wire in various gauges is http://www.smallparts.com/ Also screen.

I didn't check prices to see how it compares with McMaster, but it's another source for anyone who is looking.



 
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:52 AM   #43
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Well, I brewed a 10 gal batch today with the nylon-modified-filter. It ruined my batch!

I guess this kept the wort from circulating enough around in and out of the area underneath and it ended up burning. I didn't even know until I tasted it once it was in the carboy after I took an OG reading. It tasted like a cigar!

I thought I smelled something as the boil started, but I just thought it was the paint that was burning off the new brew stand. Anyway, I just thought I would share so the rest of you don't try this and make the same $45 + 4 hour mistake I did. Otherwise, prepare for this:





 
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:55 AM   #44
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Well, I brewed a 10 gal batch today with the nylon-modified-filter. It ruined my batch!

I guess this kept the wort from circulating enough around in and out of the area underneath and it ended up burning. I didn't even know until I tasted it once it was in the carboy after I took an OG reading. It tasted like a cigar!

I thought I smelled something as the boil started, but I just thought it was the paint that was burning off the new brew stand. Anyway, I just thought I would share so the rest of you don't try this and make the same $45 + 4 hour mistake I did. Otherwise, prepare for this:



UGH.

*cues up "Cadence to Arms" on the pipes*

Sorry for your loss.

Good luck getting that kettle clean. Yikes.
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:12 AM   #45
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Man, that just sucks hind tit.........I would just sit down and cry!!!!!
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:18 AM   #46
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That pic on the bottom is enough to make a grown man cry.
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:30 AM   #47
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Well, look at it this way, you helped all of us to know what doesn't work. Edison's lightbulb failed like 1000 times before it worked. I wonder if the hopstopper design can cause the same problem.
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:42 AM   #48
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Arrrrrggh! That's just a hideous site! The horror, the horror!

Sorry man.

 
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:05 AM   #49
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Boil some P.B.W. in it and it will clean right up!!!

 
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:04 AM   #50
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Not a nice sight.

How high did you have the burner? How long to the rolling boil.


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