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Free Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:36 am

This is not my idea, I pinched it from.........

http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=39534

Instead of a hop bag or a sieve for the hops, what about using the malt pipe. !!

Mount it on the stirrup, by its upper lugs with ONLY the lower filter plate inserted. Voila.
Remove after boil.

Plenty of space for circulation.

Any one have any opinions?

The only downside I can see is that if you add your immersion chiller at 15 minutes from the end of the boil to sterilise it, you couldn't then use the malt pipe for late hop additions as it would be in the way...........

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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby Andy » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:45 pm

I might try it this weekend. I dump my wort chiller in a FV of Starsan before use so the malt pipe being in the way won't be an issue. I'll let you know how I get on.
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:40 pm

I'm now wondering if you could modify the process for using this: At the end of the boil remove the malt pipe with bittering & flavour hops, insert wort chiller with a large hop mesh bag suspended in the middle add the bittering and flavour hops into that along with aroma hops for a steep.

Once the temperature of the wort reaches <80°C switch on the pumps to circulate getting the max from the late hops but without any hop material getting into the pumps and continue to cool as normal.
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:50 pm

I reckon either of these would work.

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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby leosardinha » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:01 pm

I really don´t see why be so paranoic with hop debris...

they just sink during the fermantation.

I really don´t care much about taking them into the FV.

And I never had any problems because of this.
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby Rodolfo1947 » Fri May 02, 2014 3:58 pm

Andy wrote:I might try it this weekend. I dump my wort chiller in a FV of Starsan before use so the malt pipe being in the way won't be an issue. I'll let you know how I get on.

Hi I am rodolfo from Italy for hop bag i use

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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby dinnerstick » Fri May 02, 2014 10:44 pm

leosardinha wrote:I really don´t see why be so paranoic with hop debris...

they just sink during the fermantation.

I really don´t care much about taking them into the FV.

And I never had any problems because of this.


i tend to agree, although i've never done a proper side-by-side experiment, the many batches i've had with loads of hop pellets in the fermentation have been perfectly fine. it's just that sometimes i'm pressed for fermenter space (when fermenting in corny kegs), and when harvesting yeast i don't want loads of hops in there, can be well over 100 grams in a 20L batch for an IPA
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Sat May 03, 2014 12:09 am

Rodolfo1947 wrote:Hi I am rodolfo from Italy for hop bag i use


I like that.

I've been scouring ebay for something similar, but have yet to find anything.
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby luk-cha » Mon May 26, 2014 4:16 pm

these tea balls are great for dry hopping
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby bruulog » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:26 pm

Cervantes wrote:
Rodolfo1947 wrote:Hi I am rodolfo from Italy for hop bag i use


I like that.

I've been scouring ebay for something similar, but have yet to find anything.


rodolfo, thank you for reminding me to get one of those! :)

Cervantes, search for: large tea ball
and you can but ~9 cm (4") diameter stainless steel mesh ball, used in large kitchens.
I am getting one.. no, 2 is better.

edit:
35 USD for shipping... right.
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby HopSong » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:44 pm

I bought 4 or 5 of them from Amazon. I don't use them because sludge escapes thru the mesh and they are almost empty at the end of the boil. I'm sticking with my wife's old panty hose. Cut them about mid shin, wash and you are good to go.. VERY fine mesh.

I'd sell them for a discount.. shipping out of county might be a deal killer :D
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:36 am

I managed to source the large tea balls, but found that the build quality wasn't great and there was a gap where the two halves met.

But since built my own hop spider using a pint strainer bag I've been very happy using that
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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby ndindo » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:20 pm

Rodolfo where did you buy it? I'm in Italy too. Tks


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Re: Free Hop Spider

Unread postby mashy » Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:23 am

Is anyone regularly using the malt pipe as a hop spider?
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