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From: hplabs!uiucdcs!iwtsf!korz (Algis R Korzonas +1 312 979 8583)
Subject: straining
Date: 1989-03-31 17:13:59 GMT

A number of you may remember my posting (about a year ago)
about my clogged blowoff tube and subsequent beer volcano.
Well, rather than worrying, I immediately doubled the
diameter of my blowoff tube, AND, started using a mesh
"hop bag." The hop bag, I was told by my retailer (Greg
Lawrence - Lil' Olde Winemaking Shoppe), is made of polyester,
not nylon as many posters have mentioned. A chemist or two
may want to comment, but I believe that nylon still contains
aromatic hyrdocarbons, which I would rather keep out of my
beer. Anyway, since I started using the mesh bags (note
plural - one for boiling hops and one for finishing hops),
I have had no problems with clogging, and, as noted by others,
cleanup is a snap. Note: I also use a large mesh bag for
specialty grains which eliminates the need for scooping out
the grains with a strainer when the water begins to boil.

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