$8.50 Hop strainer

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I was inspired by a similar thread using a jumbo SS tea ball. I down scaled mine using a 4" ball. This took about 3 minutes from start to finish. I reshaped the ball to fit better under my pickup arm and fit flush against the keg bottom.

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amazon.com search "stainless steel tea ball"
 

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I'd be concerned about it getting clogged with it being as small as it is. People have had issues with bigger hop pancakes. Let us know how it works though
 
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Ill be using it this week. Ill be sure to check back in.
 

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I used to use a jumbo. Worked great with gravity through my plate chiller but with a pump recirculating it clogs instantly. Now I use a giant stainless mesh basket (like the ones that stainless brewing sell and I should have just bought it from them). I'm going to keep testing various set ups
 
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Im using gravity, about 5 feet worth, and a counterflow. My last batch clogged up so bad i had to use compressed air to clear the CFC. Do you use whole leaf or pellets?
 

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Do not bother trying this if you are using a pump. I completely collapsed the same tea ball in a mildly hopped pale ale. Worst part was it happened in less than a minute as I was transfering into my fermenter. Had to Star san my arm and pull it off. Beer came out fine, but lesson learned.
 

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I used a larger tea ball and it clogged quickly. I use pellet hops with a side pickup...even after whirl-pooling i still pulled too much hop matter into the ball and it cut my flow rate significantly. Ended up popping it off. Now, granted I am using a pump, but its nothing like a a 420gph march, it only pumps 108gph, so there's no extreme suction going on in the kettle.

I think that $8.50 may be better spent building a hop spider. They also double as a filter when draining from the mash tun :)
 
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I will be using whole hop leaf with this. Hopefully i wont have horrible results. My Brew day last week got bumped to this sat so results will be posted shortly.
 

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I will be using whole hop leaf with this. Hopefully i wont have horrible results. My Brew day last week got bumped to this sat so results will be posted shortly.
If you're using whole leaf hops, I can almost guarantee you'll be fine. Just whirlpool and if it starts getting clogged take ur mash paddle and kinda push away from the filter, no biggie.
 
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I got around to using this today. I actually used pellets with good results until it got down to the very bottom.
 

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I found this at Ikea. Its a stainless utensil holder. It was about 6inches tall, but I trimmed it down to about 3 inches to fit the dip tube. I use a lot of whole leaf, and this suprisingly blocks about 95% of the leaf. If I let it settle after chilling, I get about the same percent with pellets. Maybe cost me $3.50.

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curse your $5 saved!! LOL... Nice looking filter. Looks real easy to clean too.
 

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I'm heading to Ikea this week. I will definitely be looking for this utensil holder when I go. Thanks for the tip.

What do you think about lining the inside in the utensil holder with some ss mesh? Would that filter out more or just ask for clogging?
 

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Or even a nylon mesh on the outside might work better. I guess I can try it out and see if it works out not.
 

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I thought about using mesh on it when I first got it. After my experiance with the tea ball, I decided to stay away from mesh. It worked well enough that I decided not to do anything to is. Of coarse its no Blickman hopblocker, but does the job at hand. The other idea I had for it was to loosly wrap it in stainless wire to act as a screen.
 
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Just a update. I tried to use this with six oz pellets and only one oz leaf with horrible rresults. It clogged near the end and left me with about a gal still in the pot. So only use pellets if equally matched with whole leaf to make a better filter bed
 
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