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Old 07-27-2008, 03:22 AM   #1
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I'm making a Magic Hat #9 clone, and it calls for some tettnanger, willamette and cascade hops. I have pellets on hand, and nothing to put them in. I've never added them to a boil without something to keep them in. I assume it's no big deal to add them this way, right?

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:24 AM   #2
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I don't bother putting them in anything and I use pellets exclusively. The whirlpool method makes it easy to separate them or you could use a strainer of some sort.
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:38 AM   #3
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I don't bother putting them in anything and I use pellets exclusively. The whirlpool method makes it easy to separate them or you could use a strainer of some sort.
Is the whirlpool method when you put in the cooler, and stir the pot until the particulate goes into the middle, then siphon into the primary?

Thanks for the fast response, the bittering hops are boiling now...

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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If you're using an IC you'll want to chill it first (hard to get a good whirlpool with the chiller in the pot. I whirlpool hot since I use a CFC. There's a great article on the wiki.

This is the result my my whirlpooling.
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Old 07-27-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Or you can dump them right into the fermenter. That's what I do, and have had no problems.

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 02:39 PM   #6
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I've never heard of whirlpooling. How much more wort do you get?

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 02:58 PM   #7
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I don't bother putting them in anything and I use pellets exclusively. The whirlpool method makes it easy to separate them or you could use a strainer of some sort.

+1 I just use a jumbo strainer I got my my local HBS when I transfer the wort into my bucket.

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:04 PM   #8
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I have a triangle shaped strainer (Jin wa?) that I put into my funnel for my boil yesterday. Up until then, I had only done boils with a hop bag, but I hated how that got all plugged up and didn't drain well. I was happy with using the fine strainer. I had to scrape it constantly to get flow through it, the hops built up quickly, but I was very satisfied with it.

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:06 PM   #9
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I normally dump then strain when I'm putting it in the fermenter...for buckets I use a nylon paint strainer...For carboys I usually use a funnel/kitchen strainer combination...

I tried something interesting by accident yesterday, that I may use from now on if I siphon from brewpot to carboy. I was siphoning and noticed a lot of hopleafs coming through (despite my whirlpool) I grabbed the big funnel and kitchen strainer which conveniently were sitting in my sanitizer bucket, and a binder clip. I put the strainer/funnel in the carboy then clipped the end of the hose so it flowed into the strainer.

By the end of the siphoning session the strainer was clogged with green goop, but the carboy looked nice and clear.....
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:41 PM   #10
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I ended up using my wife's rice streamer inserts to do the strain. Worked really well!

Oh crap, I didn't sanitize them. They were clean, I hope it's okay...

 
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