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Old 05-02-2008, 03:38 AM   #21

Boy this is too good of an idea.... Here's mine!!

I plan to use it Saturday with my 10gal Barleywine. Using whole hops: 4oz Chinook & 6 oz Nugget!!! 120AAU's

Sitting purdy on my keggle

Lookin' down

Thanks for the idea!!!

Time to go get 10oz of summit hops!!!
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:50 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by JustMrWill
Do you use a hop bag just for whole/leaf hops or also with pellets? Is the 5 gal paint strainer fine enough to hold the pellet hop sludge in? I was trying to figure out a way to avoid the "pouring through the screen in the funnel" and this looks like it would work...unfortunately, I have only used pellets/plugs...

sorry if this is off topic.

Yes to both. I used to use a 5 gal paint strainer, but in the reverse fashion, not to put the hops in, but to exclude them when draining the boil pot. I rigged up a device to support the bag and my uptake was inside that. It worked too well. For my lagers I like to recirculate through my plate chiller back to the pot until I'm down to 120F and then send it to my boil pot. Even with the large surface area it would plug up a little. It was so effiecinet at removing the break material I ended up starving my yeast a little. I've now switched to a less fine stainless mesh. I doesn't stop all of the break, but what gets past the filter is small enough that it won't clog my plate chiller.
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