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Offline Will's Swill

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Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 11:59:35 PM »
Yeah, the strainer thing does work, but you have to empty it a couple of times.  Not that big a deal though.  That's how I handle the brews where I don't use, or forget to use  :), hop bags.  But the strainer is too late in the process if I want to drain the wort via the kettle spigot, which I always do when doing 10 gal batches, and usually do even with 5 gal.
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Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2011, 02:23:31 AM »
Thanks everyone for your input. I think I will go with the bag and add 10% since I only do 5g brews.
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Here's an example(not mine) from another thread. I've got a bag full of hop bags I'm considering giving away.  ;D







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Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2011, 06:35:07 PM »
Have you actually tried that?  The one time I did the strainer got clogged after about the first gallon - never tried it again. 

Yea, it works awesome.  I have a 1/2" ball valve at the bottom of the kettle, so I just attach a hose to that, and direct the hose around the strainer, distributing the gunk.  Fills up pretty quick in the first gallon, but gets better later on.  I just keep a trash can next to me, and when the strainer is getting full I close the valve and dump.  I usually need to dump about 3 times while filling, but the end result is having absolutely no sediment in the fermentor except for yeast.  My beers come out insanely clear.

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Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2011, 01:22:16 AM »
Have you actually tried that?  The one time I did the strainer got clogged after about the first gallon - never tried it again. 

Yea, it works awesome.  I have a 1/2" ball valve at the bottom of the kettle, so I just attach a hose to that, and direct the hose around the strainer, distributing the gunk.  Fills up pretty quick in the first gallon, but gets better later on.  I just keep a trash can next to me, and when the strainer is getting full I close the valve and dump.  I usually need to dump about 3 times while filling, but the end result is having absolutely no sediment in the fermentor except for yeast.  My beers come out insanely clear.

I have begun pouring the wort through a 10" strainer into a fermentation bucket. The strainer is big enough that it doesn't clog quickly, and if I'm using whole hops, they make a great filter. Even if I'm transferring into a carboy I do this step because I aerate in the bucket with a 22" whisk, and also because it's easier than trying to pour from a kettle into a carboy. I keep the bag destined for the compost bin nearby, and if the strainer gets full, I knock gunk into the bag. (I could also get another strainer, I guess.)
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Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2011, 05:28:57 PM »
I have a Kettle Screen attached to the inside of my kettle and then I also use a screen to catch any additional hops or break material. I use hop bags for pellet hops, as well.