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Old 10-12-2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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Back when I started brewing, I used hop "socks" for my hop additions and had a little trouble fishing them out at the end of the brewing session. Nothing major, but I thought to myself, "There has to be a better way..."

And then I found build threads for hop spiders. I made one with a PVC coupling like many here and it worked perfectly... Until it started raining mid- brewing session. I put the lid on the pot and waited for my bittering hops minutes to run out. When I removed the lid I found this:



My spider had melted!?! I tried turning it upside down for the aroma hops period, but it didn’t straighten itself back out. What to do? Back to the socks?

A few weeks pass and I’m wandering around Lowe’s looking for things that could be incorporated into my “brewery” and I found a solution: the stainless drain for a garbage disposal. Cost - $15 or so. And it even has a lip to help hold the hose clamp on!

So now I have an all stainless hop spider:





And all is right with the world again…

Edit: found a link to the garbage disposal flange for those who are interested.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Reason: added link to flange

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Old 10-12-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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Nice!
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:18 PM   #3
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OMFG, I'm building this for my next brew.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:05 AM   #4
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What problem did you have with the socks? I've tried a spider...I prefer the socks...If I need to fish them out, I simply use long stainless tongs that have been sitting in my sterilizing solution. I just don't think, and it's purely an opinion, that multiple hops additons with short time lapses (as in Dogfish 60 minute) do very well in the spider method. I drop socks and push 'em under to get them wet quickly. The spider just seems to make a clogged area.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:50 AM   #5
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I didn't have a huge problem a huge problem with the socks.

If you've seen my thread about my CFC vacuum pump into the carboy, my wort sits in the BK after flameout and slowly gets transferred over to the carboy. It takes a fair amount of time to transfer because I throttle the wort to make sure it gets cooled down to pitching temp. I was worried that my aroma hops that were supposed to only be in for one minute would stay in the wort too long if I "lost" one... Sometimes those socks can be surprisingly hard to find!

So I built a hop spider. And I use it for steeping grains, mini mashes, and all the hop additions. I also like how it sits over the center of the boil and the hops get swirled around by the bubbles.

 
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:18 PM   #6
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when i use those cheap 50 cent socks they let a lot of hop particles escape were a paint bag will do a better job

 
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:21 PM   #7
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my hop spider did the same thing! I'll definitely check for the thing you used next time I'm in lowes. Did you need anything special to drill through the stainless steel?

 
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:42 PM   #8
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Nice!
I will be converting mine. Never liked the pvc that close to my boiling wort.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:38 PM   #9
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my hop spider did the same thing! I'll definitely check for the thing you used next time I'm in lowes. Did you need anything special to drill through the stainless steel?
I used the step bit that I have for drilling holes for fittings. I think I picked it up at Harbor Freight but I'm not sure. It's the same one that everyone on here uses to make holes in their pots for fittings...

 
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:04 PM   #10
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Would that have been the Lowes on Magnolia and Harrison ??
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