Hops filtering post chill...

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  1. Bulin's Milker Bucket Brews

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    OK, so I just add hops to the kettle, chill with an immersion chiller then filter the hops out with a sanitized paint strainer bag in the fermenter as I'm draining the kettle.

    What I would like to do is come up with a handy, reusable solution. I have a stainless steel milk strainer that fits on top of my fermenters. The problem is, the filter pads it uses would be pretty useless for hops residue(would plug before you even got a good start), however, I could retrofit it with a 2 stage honey stainer(stainless steel) that has 600 and 200 micron straining surfaces.

    Would this be an effective solution? Would really like to be able to reuse my strainer indefinitely and just scrub/sanitize between brews.
     
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    It would depend on the type of fermenter you have. You could use a hop basket (see below) and drain through it into the fermenter. I drain into a cool kettle from my electric cooker that has a biab bag. After chilling I remove the bag and drain into a carboy.

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    That seems a little fine but without trying you never know. A large biab bag over the fermentor could work to you and wash that and itll be reusable for next time.
     
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    I use the bag in the kettle while boiling and then just pull the bag out when I'm done. A nylon hop sock does the job fine.
     
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    Wilser brew makes great bags! I've had his bags for years and they're still going! Not sure if they fit what you're looking for...
    https://biabbags.webs.com/
     
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    Or just dump it all into the fermenter.
     
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    That's my method.
     
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    I'm going to try to fit a bazooka screen to the dip tube I'm thinking that will help(and I have a couple laying around). As long as that works, I can probably drain the kettle through some grade 90 cheesecloth and get it nice and clean.
     
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    I just use a Stainless hop spider.
     
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    Dump and run Baby dump and run:D.
     
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    After the bazooka tube fiasco today, that's looking like a good idea...
     
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    Plugged the hell out of the bazooka tube eh?
     
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    Yup. MAY have left quite a bit more in the kettle than usual too...
     
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    #14 BOB357, Apr 2, 2020
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    That worked fine for me when I used a larger diameter kettle:
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    but not so well in the 30 cm Digiboil.
     
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    My last brew I used paint strainer bags for the hop additions. More to reduce the mess in the kettle than anything else. The other reason is that when I pump from kettle to fermenters, I have 2 fermenters, one always gets a healthier does of the residue. I just tied them off at the top of the kettle. Pumping to fermenters was smoother too. Cleanup on the kettle was a little easier too.
     
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    Yeah my method is either put it in a sack in the boil if there is going to be a lot of hops, or just toss them in and to hell with it if there isn't a lot. I made a spiced ale with chunks of apple once and did exactly the same thing as you.
     
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    On the plus side, nailed my OG and it smells pretty good...even if it is about 3 quarts short.
     
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    Would be interesting to know if you can taste a difference one from another there craig?
     
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    Might have to do a Craigsperiment!
     
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    Well of course all in the name of GREAT BEER:)
     

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