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Old 09-18-2012, 05:02 PM   #41
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Im interested in any tests done with 200, 300, and 400 micron. post some results and pictures please!
Just waiting on my new fermenter to arrive (eta friday) and SWMBO approval to do a 20 gallon batch of Belgian Dark Strong this weekend...... I will be using the 200 Micron filter again and posting lots of pics. In the next week or so I should be getting the 300 micron filter and will most likely test it on a 10 gallon batch of Pliny to really see how it holds up to hop gunk.


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Old 09-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #42
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I ordered one and asked him if he had done any tests on 400 v. 300 micron. He said no, but thought the 400 would probably allow finer pellet material into the boil, but not a lot.

He then emailed me back to let me know he ran out, will be building more this weekend, and asked if I wanted the 300 micron screen. I told him yes. Pretty cool dude.


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Old 09-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #43
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I will post some experience that I've had with a similar device, albeit with larger mesh (30x30 .013 wire 37.5% open area). It worked great for both hop types at first, with very little hop material getting through. After quite a few uses though, the holes started to plug with beer stone, turning it a nice shade of brown. My cleaning regiment was to wash the mesh with my water hose at high pressure, but the beer stone continued to stick, plugging up at least 40% of the open holes. To get the holes unplugged I used a pressure washer.

Another thing I notice with my device is that I sit it on the bottom of the kettle during a boil, and at first the wort bubbles up through just like the rest of the pot. After about 45 minutes or so, the protein starts to gather around the base, clogging any flow of wort from the boiling action. I bet the protein is at least 1/8" thick on the bottom after 60 minutes.


I will be making a new device with 28x28, .01 wire, 51% open to see if anything changes. The opening on this new mesh is .006 bigger, so I don't expect a big increase in hop material passing through.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:46 PM   #44
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Has anyone had this guy make one for a keggle? I'm looking for input on sizing for a keggle version.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:14 PM   #45
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Has anyone had this guy make one for a keggle? I'm looking for input on sizing for a keggle version.
I don't think so, Keggles can have some significant variances between the 50l and the 15.5 gallon versions and even between manufacturers there are several styles. The opening sizes will also play a factor as well. My suggestion would be to take some measurements and some pics, post them to this thread and we'll happily make suggestions.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #46
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Good brew day yesterday, filter performed well in a Belgian dark strong 20 gallon batch. This one only called for 8 oz of hops and still drained really slowly with zero hop gunk in my kettle once removed. I still believe the 200 is too fine and will be testing the 300 next.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #47
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Looks like my 300 micron shipped this morning. I look forward to using it soon!
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #48
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Good brew day yesterday, filter performed well in a Belgian dark strong 20 gallon batch. This one only called for 8 oz of hops and still drained really slowly with zero hop gunk in my kettle once removed. I still believe the 200 is too fine and will be testing the 300 next.
Forgot to note that I took the second runnings and made a 5 gallon batch alongside this one an just threw the hops in. No perceivable difference in bitterness/aroma in the filtered vs free floating hops
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:47 PM   #50
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Forgot to note that I took the second runnings and made a 5 gallon batch alongside this one an just threw the hops in. No perceivable difference in bitterness/aroma in the filtered vs free floating hops
Thats a great idea. Thanks for all your information! I see your in Santa Clarita! I am in Redondo Beach.


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