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Old 10-07-2007, 04:03 AM   #11
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Seems like it may be a little pricey. But if it helps keep those hops out then I'll try and make one. May hafta try and do a Roqk-modi on it. I like the idea of making it with wooden dowels or 1/2" pvc pipe. Thanks for the time of making the list.


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Old 10-07-2007, 05:43 AM   #12
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Roqk-There's a lot of flexibility in price. Lil' Sparky said he used threaded rod and just cut it to sections. That would have been cheaper than buying the long bolts. I just bought what I wanted. IMO, this is CHEAP when you see how clear the wort runs! It pulled a LOT of husks out of my vorlauf, and again when I finally collected my runnings into the BK. People spend a LOT on hopstoppers, etc....I use an IC, so that's not an option. I'm totally happy with it.


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Old 10-13-2007, 01:08 PM   #13
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I bought a 3" PVC collar (bigger on one end than the other), a hose clamp, 2 pieces of threaded rod, some nuts and washers I had lying around, and the paint strainer. Haven't used it yet, but will on my next brew. Pretty cheap and easy to make.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:05 PM   #14
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Another tip for anyone thinking of building this. When I first tried this, the hose clamp alone didn't have enough bite on the bag and the bag slipped out. I fixed this by putting a big rubber band (think trash can rubber band) on the coupler, and then the hose clamp had something sticky to clamp the bag to. It hasn't slipped off since.
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:32 PM   #15
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this is such a great idea i just picked up my parts to do this, trying in all pvc first.

1x 4" pvc coupler - 1.98
4x 12" 1/2" pvc - already had
8x 1/2" id rubber grommets - 1.97/4 pack
1x 4" hose clamp - 1.54
1x hop bag - already had

i plan on using the rubber grommets similar to the way the phils sparge arm uses them to secure it to the kettle.
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:23 AM   #16
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Any body consider the effects of leaching the toxic cadmium plating from the bolts into the wort.
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Old 10-14-2007, 05:18 AM   #17
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Pretty nice, I like the design. No problems with using pellets or with hop utilization? Thanks for the idea and parts list.
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Any body consider the effects of leaching the toxic cadmium plating from the bolts into the wort.
Nope. The bolts don't even get close to the wort. Steam might touch them, but I doubt there's any real leeching going on.
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Pretty nice, I like the design. No problems with using pellets or with hop utilization? Thanks for the idea and parts list.
Nope! My beers are hoppy as ever, and IMHO this setup works best with pellet hops. The bag allows hop oils out, while keeping hop sludge in.
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this is such a great idea i just picked up my parts to do this, trying in all pvc first.

1x 4" pvc coupler - 1.98
4x 12" 1/2" pvc - already had
8x 1/2" id rubber grommets - 1.97/4 pack
1x 4" hose clamp - 1.54
1x hop bag - already had

i plan on using the rubber grommets similar to the way the phils sparge arm uses them to secure it to the kettle.
I like this parts list. How'd you connect the 1/2" PVC to the coupler?


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