We received a comment on YouTube asking us to reveal the hop filter screen that Mike uses in his keg to dry hop. Every time we thought of making a videos about it, the darn thing was in the keg. With a better plan in hand, we figured out a time when the hop screen was not in use and made this video. It not only features the in-keg screen but also other filter equipment that we use.
Hops Filter Screen For Dry Hopping
The first piece of equipment that we talked about was a stainless steel mesh cylinder. It was long and thin and had a top that screwed on to secure its contents. Mike boils it for sanitization if not sterilization and adds it right to his keg filled with finished beer. The nice thing about this filter screen is it’s heavy enough to sink to the bottom of the keg without using weights. Mike paid $40 for the one he bought. Many of our viewers found better deals online. 😐
Hops Mesh Bag
For about 4 bucks, I bought a small (about the size of a sandwich bag) fine mesh bag. I used this bag from my in-the-keg dry hopping. To sanitize, I boil it in a sauce pan along with 4 glass marbles that I steal from my kids for 15 minutes. Once the boil is over, I add my hops, draw the string, and drop it into the keg. It sinks to the bottom and provides a lot of hops flavor and aroma in about 2 days. In the three times I have used them, I have not run into an issue where the bag interfered with the flow of the beer up the dip tube and through my tap.
Stainless Steel Hop Spider
This piece of equipment Mike using in his kettle for hops additions during the boil. It has brackets attached to the open top so it can hang on the side of your kettle. This hop spider is great for keeping debris out of racking process from kettle to fermentor. Mike uses a plate chiller so he needs to use a filter to keep all the hop particles from gumming that up. When I brew using my whole homegrown hops, I siphon out of the kettle because my spigot gets clogged before I am finished racking. I am thinking the hop spider may help with those homegrown hop brews.
So that’s what we got. If you have questions or comments, leave them below.