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Title: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: narcout on June 03, 2012, 06:10:30 PM
I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.

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Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: mabrungard on June 03, 2012, 06:27:32 PM
I need a little more information on what we're looking at.  Is this a filter for post-fermentation transfer to the keg or is it post-boil transfer and you ferment in the keg?
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: narcout on June 03, 2012, 06:59:52 PM
It's the post-boil transfer to the fermentor (a 10 gallon cornelius keg) through a stainer bag.
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: mabrungard on June 03, 2012, 07:13:03 PM
Then its a brilliant idea.
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: morticaixavier on June 03, 2012, 08:45:06 PM
yup. That's what I do, when I worry about it at all. whole hops still go in a bag because they clog the kettle spigot and it will not flow at all. but pellets just go right in and i strin through a bag just like that. lift it out at the end and you are golden
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: roguejim on June 03, 2012, 11:28:18 PM
So, these are hop "pellets"?  How would you pull this off if your fermenter is a carboy?  I don't normally concern myself with hop matter except when I'm brewing a pils, and I want to reuse/harvest the yeast.
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: sparkleberry on June 03, 2012, 11:46:39 PM
i saw this picture and grabbed my strainer and put it into my 3 gallon better bottle.  i just twisted the strainer up really well and pushed into the carboy.  it certainly doesn't reach the bottom, but with the hose i use from kettle, it should work for me and give a little extra aeration in the transfer.  anyway, i'm gonna try it with my next batch and see what happens!
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: mmitchem on June 04, 2012, 01:22:38 AM
For carboys, I like using a funnel and drping the bag over it. The funnel came with a mesh strainer, but it really doesnt do the trick. The mesh bag is definitely the way to go.
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: morticaixavier on June 04, 2012, 04:00:23 AM
For carboys, I like using a funnel and drping the bag over it. The funnel came with a mesh strainer, but it really doesnt do the trick. The mesh bag is definitely the way to go.

that's the trick. sometimes you have to clean the mesh bag and resanitize if you are using a lot of hops
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: brewsumore on June 16, 2012, 06:24:25 PM
I drain from my kettle into bucket primary fermenters.  I prop a sanitized FINE mesh, handled kitchen strainer over the bucket and runoff through that.  I like catching the pellet hop debris and break material without immersing a strainer bag in the final wort, so none of the finest particles will permeate into the wort as I figure would happen with the bag immersed in the wort.  But, other than waiting awhile for everything to settle to the bottom of the keggle after chilling and removing the immersion chiller, I don't otherwise have a mechanism to strain out break material so I'm just hoping to be as efficient as possible about keeping it out of the fermenter.  I just keep a garbage pail nearby to shake out debris every once in awhile from the strainer as it fills with crud.  This is also helpful if I decide to strain all the liquid from my kettle, by taking out the last 1/2 gallon a cup at a time. 
Title: Re: An alternative to bagging hops
Post by: euge on June 16, 2012, 07:39:25 PM
When the bag is full of hops is it difficult to pull back through the neck of the carboy or Better-bottle? FWIW I use a China-cap to filter the hops out and I use buckets.