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Hop Spider
  • ThymThym
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    This discussion was created from comments split from: Bulk Hops from Hopsdirect.com.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • LothosLothos
    Posts: 2,146
    Here's a cheap Hop Spider for anyone interested. Total cost was about $7 and that includes:

    1 x 3" to 2" PVC Reducer
    4 x 5.5" Carriage Bolts
    8 x 1/4-20 Hex Bolts
    8 x 1/4 Flat Washers
    1 x 3" worm clamp
    1 x 1 Gallon Paint Strainer

    yes i borrowed it off the internet
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  • ThymThym
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    Thanks lothos... I'll be building one of those soon.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • LothosLothos
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    well see i usually use the small hop bags that cost $.50 from the brew store fill it with hops tie it off and throw it in when the wort is done throw it away

    that includes pellet hops also
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  • ThymThym
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    I'll probably use stainless steel screen mesh, so it's easy to clean and permanent.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    Ok, I give. What is a hop spider?
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,207
    Benvarine said:

    Ok, I give. What is a hop spider?



    scroll up. a hop spider is a simple tool that holds a hop bag. it keeps it from sinking towards the burners/heating element, while keeping the opening of the bag open for further additions.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    I saw the photo, so it just sits at the top of the boil the entire time? Cool.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679
    Benvarine said:

    I saw the photo, so it just sits at the top of the boil the entire time? Cool.



    yeah, i really need to get on building one of those. i think i am going to make one that is wider though. i would fear that the hops would still bunch up in really hoppy batches and that's mostly what i make
  • BenvarineBenvarine
    Posts: 1,606
    One issue I will have is brewing 5g bathes in my keggle. The wort is a long way from the top of the keggle. The hop bag would have to be huge or I will need to modify the way the bag hangs. Or just brew 10g batches.
  • JerryJerry
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    for my last brew I used a wire strainer and some wire. I just rested the handle on the side of the pot and adjusted the wire to hold the other end so that it was in the wort (adding a little length as it boiled down). It worked okay since I only use 1oz of pellets. Wouldn't work for the hop-head like Fry. I feel like a normal colander would work alright with whole cone hops, just add a wire hanger for each handle... I guess it wouldn't be as good as the spider posted... I'd like to have one of those... some day... some day... I want a lot of things.
    Can someone post a pic of one in use and or about to be in use, I'm still a little unsure of how this design is used.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,207
    from the original discussion:


    they make a spider for hops? i just use my regular spider from the kitchen to scoop them out. 3 or 4 scoops and pretty much all hops are taken out.



    hop spider

    image

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  • JerryJerry
    Posts: 73,249

    from the original discussion:



    Oh, right, as mentioned in the first post... some how I missed that. Thanks
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  • djsethalldjsethall
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    Lakewood said:

    I'll probably use stainless steel screen mesh, so it's easy to clean and permanent.



    This and This is why
  • ThymThym
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    Ok. so i'm getting ready to source some material on this... what size mesh would you think will work best. I want it large enough that the boiling wort will roll through the mesh freely, but fine enough to keep most of the hop particulate contained.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Lakewood said:

    Ok. so i'm getting ready to source some material on this... what size mesh would you think will work best. I want it large enough that the boiling wort will roll through the mesh freely, but fine enough to keep most of the hop particulate contained.



    i would think it would have to be pretty fine to keep pelletized hop material from getting out.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
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    there are a lot of different sizes... i'm looking for some guidance on roughly where on the standard sizing i should aim. 20x20, 40x40, higher?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    there are a lot of different sizes... i'm looking for some guidance on roughly where on the standard sizing i should aim. 20x20, 40x40, higher?



    I have been thinking about building one of these as well. I'll see what I can find on the interwebs.
  • ThymThym
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    jlw said:


    awesome. i'm thinking a 16 mesh will be effective. it really helps to see the hand in the picture for reference.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
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    I was looking at the 14 too. I wonder of the 3x3 swath is enough?
  • ThymThym
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    jlw said:

    I was looking at the 14 too. I wonder of the 3x3 swath is enough?



    3" x 3" is a sheet of toilet paper... i'm drawing something up right now. mcmaster has a 12"x24" sheet for $5 http://www.mcmaster.com/#stainless-steel-wire-cloth/=g7vfny
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    jlw said:

    I was looking at the 14 too. I wonder of the 3x3 swath is enough?



    3" x 3" is a sheet of toilet paper... i'm drawing something up right now. mcmaster has a 12"x24" sheet for $5 http://www.mcmaster.com/#stainless-steel-wire-cloth/=g7vfny


    Clearly didn't look close enough. i thought it a 3'x3' sheet.
  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    jlw said:

    I was looking at the 14 too. I wonder of the 3x3 swath is enough?



    3" x 3" is a sheet of toilet paper... i'm drawing something up right now. mcmaster has a 12"x24" sheet for $5 http://www.mcmaster.com/#stainless-steel-wire-cloth/=g7vfny


    Oh, and when you finish the design I would like to see. Can you post a file or email it?
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 101,453
    jlw said:

    Lakewood said:

    jlw said:

    I was looking at the 14 too. I wonder of the 3x3 swath is enough?



    3" x 3" is a sheet of toilet paper... i'm drawing something up right now. mcmaster has a 12"x24" sheet for $5 http://www.mcmaster.com/#stainless-steel-wire-cloth/=g7vfny


    Oh, and when you finish the design I would like to see. Can you post a file or email it?


    Yeah, I'll post it up here. I'm trying a few different shapes to get the most out of a 12x24. I may go up to 12x36. I'll post a few designs and show how the scale with a keggle.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    ok so this is a half baked, incomplete design, but i wanted to share a bit of where the design is at. im thinking just a couple of brass rod hangers to set the depth. I want to figure out an attachment scheme that allows it to be hung a different heights depending on the size of your boil. anyway, take a look, let me know what you think.

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    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny