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Old 02-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Why in the world did I wait so long to build a hop spider, is the question I am now asking myself. When I first got a chiller it would always clog and be a frustrating mess. Solution? I bought a screen. Then the screen would clog and still be a frustrating mess. I tried a few different screen types to no avail. I decided I had enough and built a hop spider. Now I don't know how I brewed without one for so long! It cuts an hour of frustration out of my brewday. Highly recommended if you are having similar issues.

 
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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What version did you go with. I had a thread earlier and decided on the cheapo 5g paint strainer with 3/8 threaded rods and a PVC 4" coupling. I haven't tried it yet though.

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:21 AM   #3
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Here's my version !

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:09 AM   #4
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What version did you go with. I had a thread earlier and decided on the cheapo 5g paint strainer with 3/8 threaded rods and a PVC 4" coupling. I haven't tried it yet though.
This is exactly what I did. Check out the photo:



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Old 02-24-2013, 01:53 AM   #5
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This is exactly what I did. Check out the photo:
How did you attach the paint strainer to the PVC?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:11 AM   #6
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I second that. Hop spiders are amazing. First time I used mine... I dumped the hops outside the pvc straight into the pot on a serious brain fart. Much frustration resulted and a couple extra hours of brew day. Beer was still delicious though! Oh, and a big ass hose clamp is the secret to holding that bag onto the pipe, for me at least.

Cheers to the hop spider!
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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How did you attach the paint strainer to the PVC?
With a SS clamp.



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Old 02-24-2013, 07:17 AM   #8
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I'm getting ready to use mine for the first time. For you that use them, am I going to need some sort of weight in the bag? Or will it stay submerged on its own?

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:35 PM   #9
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I'm getting ready to use mine for the first time. For you that use them, am I going to need some sort of weight in the bag? Or will it stay submerged on its own?
I built one from the BYO article about a year ago. I put several pieces of stainless fittings in a small hop bag to weight the paint strainer down. Only problem I have had so far is using whole hops and getting them through the 3" hole since I used a 4" to 3" reducer for my funnel. Works great though to keep hop debris from clogging my valve and my plate chiller.

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:39 PM   #10
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Are there any issues with the plastic paint strainer bags melting or leeching toxins into the brew?
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