So I use a Grainfather S40 to make my wort and it is fine does a reasonable job for not a huge outlay money wise. One thing I dislike about it, and I do not think the S40 is unique here, is cleaning out the hops after the wort has been removed to the FV . I use hop flowers rather than pellets and they are messy to clear out of the boiler . So I am thinking hop spider... cost €52 inc p&p not a huge cost. However thinking about it why not just use the grain basket as a hop filter? Simply dump the spent grain after sparging and put the basket back into the boiler and add the hops into it and at the end of the boil and chill, lift the basket to drain the hops... maybe even sparge those hops there is a bit of full strength wort in them . So question ... does anybody use this method and are there any drawbacks I have not foreseen ? I am tempted to give it a go because the hops are completely free to circulate in the wort then unlike being held in a small volume hop spider .