Gunk catcher

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Gunk catcher

Unread postby airborn » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:50 pm

Today I found a stainless steel sponge at the local store.

I wonder if it would filter some of the gunk, if I after draining the wort, put it on the inside of the tap before tilting to get a little more in the fermenter -

Thoroughly disinfected of course

Has anybody tried?
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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby niels » Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:00 pm

I don't know how you are planning to put this in the tap, but I think it might clog pretty fast. Just gut feeling.

I know of people using them as a trub trap with a siphon.

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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby airborn » Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:50 pm

Not in the tap - but just covering the outlet-hole on the inside. Fixed between the heatingcoil and the hole.
I'l try it out and let you know
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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby niels » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:53 pm

airborn wrote:Not in the tap - but just covering the outlet-hole on the inside. Fixed between the heatingcoil and the hole.
I'l try it out and let you know

OK, I pictured it a bit wrong ;)

Let us know how it goes. It might be a bit fiddly to put in place, but it might work well.

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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby Tommybear1979 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:03 pm

Any results?
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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby HopSong » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:39 pm

One of my brewing friends uses one of these inside the kettle at the valve input He shoves it on the dip tube. Surprising how well it works. Because of the surface area, the exiting wort is really slowed down, so to speak because it is being drawn from a larger area than just the hole in the dip tube. I'm sure I'm not saying that correctly.. The exiting wort into the fermenter goes at the same speed as it did before.. but on the input side, the scrubby causes the wort to be drawn from many directions. Of course, he only needs a couple for each kettle.. but, I've seen them in stores in single units, Also, one of the best scrubbys for cleaning the BBQ grate.

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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby Wezzel » Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:07 pm

I've always used leaf hops and a simple hop screen. The hops form a nice natural filter for all the trub and I get clear wort into the fermenter.

This week, however, I used pellet hops in a hop bag and therefore all the trub went straight into the fermenter

I know it'll settle out in time but this scrubby thing might just be the answer.
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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby Cervantes » Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:58 am

I use half a tea ball wedged in between the heating coil and the outlet.

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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby Tommybear1979 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:26 am

Cervantes, that seems like a nice solution!
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Re: Gunk catcher

Unread postby HopSong » Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:56 pm

Yah.. the scrubby really works like a charm. I guess the word I was searching for in my post above was "Diffuse". It diffuses the direction that the wort enters the tube into many directions.. so it's not a big suction straight in to the valve. Unlike Wezzel, I have found leaf hops to be a real pain. But, my brewing friend that uses the scrubby uses both leaf and pellet in a brew..usually leaf for the final hops.. this piece of stainless really does the job..
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