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Old 07-03-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Pellet Hops hate me...what can I do to keep them out of my fermenter?

I use a bazooka screen to filter my chilled wort before it leaves through my spigot...but I get a ton of pellet hop debris in the last quarter of wort or so...which usually spurs me to leave 2 gallons or so of otherwise sexy wort in the kettle. Any ideas on a better way of keeping that pellet trash out of my goodness?


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Hop bag in the kettle. Works great every time.


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Use a sludge sack.

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Will do-- thanks guys!
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Use a sludge sack.

This is SERIOUSLY the way to go... Muslin bags won't cut it. These nylon paint strainers are the sh!t!!! I made one of these for my last batch (an IPA) and it worked wonders.
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Are you usung a hose clamp to hold the bag on the PVC?
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yes hose clamp. big one. Like for a car air filter
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I would add that, unless you are using a plate chiller and are concerned about getting hop particles stuck in it, having some hops in your fermenter isn't going to hurt anything - at least that is my understanding/experience. ymmv

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Although I'm a new brewer, I haven't had any problems with the hop pellet particles not dropping clear. However it bothers me that all the tiny suspended particles seem bound to affect OG readings. I tried to take a gravity reading two batches ago and the wort was so full of particles that I dumped the sample without bothering to take a reading.
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However it bothers me that all the tiny suspended particles seem bound to affect OG readings. I tried to take a gravity reading two batches ago and the wort was so full of particles that I dumped the sample without bothering to take a reading.
If I remember my chem classes and what I have read around here- Hop particles are in suspension, not solution, and will not affect your reading.


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