I have been using a hop spider for a while, but I wanted to go free range with my hops. I like the hop stopper and a DIY kind of guy. A big thanks to TomRep who build one the other day and provided guidance.
Parts: Stainless Mesh 28x28 .01 wire size 24"x24"
Stainless wired .015, got this from TomRep, not sure where he got it.
1 lid to your pot ~12 inches.
Needle Nose Pliers
Beer to drink
First, fold the mesh Corner to Corner to make a large triangle. Then take your lid and place it close to the fold. This will give you the outside corner for the spout. I used a sharpy and drew a line around the lid, but stopped near the outside corner, making sure to leave enough for your drain tube. I then cut most of the circle out. I left it folded when I cut it. I left the fold intact also. I then took a pair of pliers and folded about an 1/8 of an inch over. I did a few spots around the circle first to hold the form, then worked my way around. I folded it to a 90 all the way around then went and flattened it out. I then repeated this, so edge is 6 ply. This stiffened it and made a nice edge. I then used the wire to sew the edge. I started with the spout and made sure my diptube fit. I spaced my threads like 1/3 to 1/2 inch. Once done, I had a copper dip tube and notch the pick up part, so if the screen sucked tight, wort still could flow.