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Old 07-20-2007, 02:09 PM   #11
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I must be very lucky. I use the whirlpooling method along with a straight 1/2" copper dip tube to drain my kettle through my CFC and I don't get hops into my fermenter at all. I only use pellet hops and even on IPA recipes with large hop additions I get a nice large pile right in the middle of the kettle that doesn't get sucked into the pickup.


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Old 07-20-2007, 04:22 PM   #12
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I'm all about the lil' sparky hop bag. I just made one myself. You can add all the hop additions in it and drain the mash tun through it too!


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Old 07-21-2007, 07:30 AM   #13
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I guess I'll try a hop bag. It's a cheap thing to try out. I heard you have to increase the hop amounts when you use a hop bag. Anyone else heard of this? Also, I just recently heard of the whirlpool method, so I'm going to give it a try on my next brew. It will be my second all grain, so I'm slowly learning what I need to correct. Thanks for the ideas, it really helps someone like me just starting out.
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Old 07-21-2007, 08:27 AM   #14
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That's the rub. There is no permanently installed hop filtering device I know of that will stop a large, 100% pellet hop bill. The mesh style screens will stop a good deal of it but you need at least 25% leaf hops for it to work. You also can't expect miracles with a lot of pellet hops + cold break if you're chilling inside the kettle.
I respectfully disagree.
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:21 PM   #15
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I guess I'll try a hop bag. It's a cheap thing to try out. I heard you have to increase the hop amounts when you use a hop bag. Anyone else heard of this?
If you use a large enough bag I can't imagine why. The bag I use is huge and rolls around in the boil. I haven't noticed any difference or reduced hop flavor in my beers.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:02 PM   #16
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Dude, I respectfully rebutt. Notice he includes leaf hops to create a bed. I have a DIY hopstopper with even more surface area than the commercial version and I'm telling you, it cannot stop a large ****100%***** pellet hop bill. I also persist that using it with an IC (tons of cold break) will clog in no time flat.
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i have a decent size funnel and a kitchen strainer that sits inside of it. It not only strains out the hops extremely well, it aerates as I rack into the primary after chilling.
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i have a decent size funnel and a kitchen strainer that sits inside of it. It not only strains out the hops extremely well, it aerates as I rack into the primary after chilling.

Try that with a 1/2BBL kettle ;-)
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Try that with a 1/2BBL kettle ;-)
And a CFC/wort wizard setup.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:03 PM   #20
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BTW Chimone, I'm digging your avatar. Is it your brewery logo?


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