Hop spider, IKEA style.

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Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby niels » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:20 pm

Because cpa4ny showed us his custom made hop spider in this thread I wanted to share an idea I've to realize yet.

I have one of these IKEA sieves/strainers in my kitchen drawers and I've thinking about using it as a "hop spider" for a 50L BM. Since I don't want to start welding "hooks" on it right away I first have to get me some stainless steel wire to attach it to the sides of the BM.

For the price of 8 EUR it is worth a try!

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RE: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby cpa4ny » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:53 pm

Wow - nice idea. I think it should work well with the whole hops. :beer:
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RE: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby jpc » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:54 am

LOL... I have one of those that I bought about 10 years ago for the same purpose. I still haven't used it as a hop spider, though...
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Re: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby SteveOR » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:04 am

This looks very interesting. Awaiting the test results. :D
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Re: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby luk-cha » Mon May 26, 2014 4:08 pm

did this work?
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Re: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby niels » Mon May 26, 2014 6:35 pm

luk-cha wrote:did this work?

Didn't test it yet as I have only hop pellets in the freezer at the moment...
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Re: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby bruulog » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:59 pm

If you need hard SS "wire", go to your local bike shop and buy the longest spokes they have. Good quality SS.
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Re: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby niels » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:57 pm

I ended up using copper electrical wire. I tried this on our 3 vessel system yesterday and it worked wonderful with whole hops. I think it is a tight fit for the Braumeister, but drilling a hole in the bottom to slide it down the centre rod might be a good way to go.

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Re: Hop spider, IKEA style.

Unread postby malvenius » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:37 pm

I have used one of these as a hop spider for my 50 l, when brewing with the short malt pipe. Works like a charm as long as you don't want hoppy beers - ipa and apa and pretty much any beer with large hop additions won 't fit. But it does keep the hops inside, and the hop flavours get out nicely. I just drilled a hole in the middle and slid it down the centerpiece
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