anyone using a hop spider with immersion chiller?

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I only brew IPAs and have been throwing my pellet hops right in the kettle. I'm loosing too much wort and cleanup is a PITA, so I'm thinking about investing in a hop spider.

I do 5 gallon batches in a converted sanke keg and throw my 1/2"x50' immersion chiller in the boil during the last 15 minutes. Is anyone using a hop spider with an immersion chiller? If so, how? i'm trying to figure out a way to use both.. I'd like to get one that is 8 5/8" OD but it wont fit inside my chiller and I'm concerned the 6 5/8" wont get me the same hop utilization.
 

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I've actually gone the opposite direction, I recently switched from hop spider/plate chiller to free balling/immersion chiller. I used a 7" OD stainless mesh tube that I made from 30x30 screening. The wort loss is about the same, clean up is a bit easier with the spider, but on big IPAs I just factor in an extra 1/2 gal or so.
 

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I only brew IPAs and have been throwing my pellet hops right in the kettle. I'm loosing too much wort and cleanup is a PITA, so I'm thinking about investing in a hop spider.

I do 5 gallon batches in a converted sanke keg and throw my 1/2"x50' immersion chiller in the boil during the last 15 minutes. Is anyone using a hop spider with an immersion chiller? If so, how? i'm trying to figure out a way to use both.. I'd like to get one that is 8 5/8" OD but it wont fit inside my chiller and I'm concerned the 6 5/8" wont get me the same hop utilization.
Got a spray bottle and fill it with star san...then just sanitize with the spray bottle when you ready to chill
 
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Got a spray bottle and fill it with star san...then just sanitize with the spray bottle when you ready to chill
I was thing that, but doesn't starsan dissolve the copper?
 
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Never heard of that??? I do this myself and never had a problem

Don't fear the foam ;)
Starsan is an acid.. I don't fear the foam, but I do fear dissolved metals..:D
 

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ilikeguns said:
Starsan is an acid.. I don't fear the foam, but I do fear dissolved metals..:D
Copper is fine pre-fermentation. The yeast will take it up. They actually like a little copper in their trace element diet.

Beer wort is slightly acidic as well and shines up your chiller too. If you were dropping lead ingots in your BK that's a different story, but don't sweat a little Star-San on copper.
 

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I use a paint strainer bag spring clamped to a strip of wood long enough to sit across the top of my kettle. It's easy to move aside when it's time for the immersion chiller.
 

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If you make DIY hop spider, you can fit it right inside the immersion chiller. 5 gallon paint straining bags are flexible enough to fit in pretty much any configuration.
 
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thanks everyone for the input.. based on the feedback i'm gonna try the paint strainer in a strainer that came with my turkey fryer.. just need to widen the opening of my keggle. Im debating about using the strainer at all but i figure it might make it easier to add the hops.

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