Cheap Hop Spider

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Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:17 am

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Hop Spider


My new hop spider.

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Sitting in the BM



I used this yesterday and it works very well.

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Sitting in the Chiller Coil


Also fits nicely into the centre of my immersion chiller for late addition hops.

All parts from Bunnings. 15 Minutes to make and about $10 worth of bits and pieces.
Cheers :cheers:
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Re: Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby Dicko » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:59 am

Andy,

Does the bag sit on the top of the threaded centre rod and the hops fall down around the sides?

do you need a weight of some king in the bag to hold it down?

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Re: Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:31 am

Dicko,

Yes the bag sort of sits over the top of the centre post and hangs down the side.

I thought that I might have needed a weight, but once the first hop addition had soaked up a little water the bag stayed down well.

I just gave it a jiggle every now and then.
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Re: Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby Fritzkellerbrau » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:10 pm

Hi Andy

What type of material is the bag? I need to source DIY stuff being in South Africa.

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Re: Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby Cervantes » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:31 am

Fritzkellerbrau wrote:Hi Andy

What type of material is the bag? I need to source DIY stuff being in South Africa.

:cheers: cheers
Dirk


The bag is a paint strainer bag from Bunnings. (Australian hardware store). Three for less than $10.

All other materials also from the same store.
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Re: Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby Fritzkellerbrau » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:28 pm

Thanks Andy :cheers:
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Re: Cheap Hop Spider

Unread postby perdido » Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:07 pm

Here is my similarly cheap hop spider:

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I used a stainless steel kitchen rod from Ikea from an unfinished project.
I drilled a hole through the sides of a plastic pipe coupler that I found at the local hardware store. This coupler is stepped so the muslin bag stays in place with a simple knot and does not need a hoseclamp or the like.
it also slides side to side so it can be set off center out of the way of the BM rod.

I do feel that my hop utilisation is lower when I use the hop spider even stirring around it from time to time with a paddle.
The kitchen rod running through the middle of the hop spider opening means that you have to be careful when adding cone hops so they don't bounce off to the side and swim freely in the wort (not a big deal if they do, really).
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