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Old 10-28-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Okay, I bought some paint strainer bags to use for straining paint of all things! I am looking at them and I recall seeing the hop straining boil kettle gizmos folks have made on here. I am thinking to myself; self, how the heck would that be of any benefit, the mesh is way to coarse?

Well, how would it? Would not the hop particles just flow right through? I did not see different grades of mesh it was one size fits all essentially. They were for 5 gallon buckets with an elastic top. Am I missing something?
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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Nope they work great. Some stuff gets through, but even with pellets most of the hops stay in the bag because they expand once rehydrated. I don't worry much about break material in the fermenter, but I do like keeping the hops out, it makes racking much easier.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:51 PM   #3
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The ones Lowe's sell are very fine and work great. The 5 gallon paint strainer is used with a 4"-5" PVC pipe and some legs and a big worm clamp.



The 1 gallon bags from Lowe's are handy for beers with one or two hop additions. Just put your hops in the bag and tie the end in a knot and toss it in.

 
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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My Lowes does carry a couple different sieve size bags. I grabbed the fine sieve and they work great.

Although, I opted (after a few close calls) to invert the reducer on my gizmo. I learned with some big hop bills that the worm clamp doesn't hold the bag very well when lifting it out of the wort. Of course, the reducer I have is somewhat tapered on the small end and is smooth walled so, that may have something to do with it.

Kinda looks like Ed ran his threaded rod through the bag too. I didn;t do that. (shrugs)


 
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:12 PM   #5
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I personally just clip the paint strainer bag to the rim of the kettle with a binder clip. Works great... one less thing to store.

 
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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The ones Lowe's sell are very fine and work great. The 5 gallon paint strainer is used with a 4"-5" PVC pipe and some legs and a big worm clamp.



The 1 gallon bags from Lowe's are handy for beers with one or two hop additions. Just put your hops in the bag and tie the end in a knot and toss it in.
Yep, thar be the gizmo I be thinkin' of. Arrgh. Oops, sorry momentary pirate slip.

Well, I will look at Lowes I guess. This one I got at my local hardware store. On closer inspection it has a finer weave with finer threads. However it still seems coarser than the nylon hop sacks you get at homebrew shops.
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Kinda looks like Ed ran his threaded rod through the bag too. I didn;t do that. (shrugs)
Nope. I just attach the bag to the PVC coupler with a worm clamp and drop it in the ring.



Since it is a 4" to 5" coupler, it sits in the 4" ring just fine.

 
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:25 PM   #8

Is that ring w/ supports something you had fabricated, or bought OTS?

 
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:36 PM   #9
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Is that ring w/ supports something you had fabricated, or bought OTS?
A BBQ buddy of mine who does stainless welding fabricated it for me.

 
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:54 PM   #10
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Nice Ed. Nice.









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