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Hop Spider
AG460

Hop Spider

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Description

The hop spider is stainless steel mesh hop filter that hangs from the the edge of your kettle. Up to 12 oz of hops are poured directly into the spider during the boil.  Made from 304 stainless steel, the mesh is 0.2 mm aperture so it will capture 99% of the hop material. The basket is 13.75 in (35cm) high with the opening at the top being 5.9 in (15cm) diameter and tapers down to a 3.9 in (10cm) diameter at the bottom.

Item # AG460
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 2LBS
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This should make cleaning kettles of hop debris less of a pain.
Andrew L on Jul 23, 2019
0.2mm mesh
DANIEL C on Jun 25, 2019
This should make cleaning kettles of hop debris less of a pain.
Andrew L on Jul 23, 2019
Best price, good reviews
Phil M on Jul 11, 2019
0.2mm mesh
DANIEL C on Jun 25, 2019
hope it works on my RoboBrew
Jim H on Jun 22, 2019
Easier to clean up boil kettle after brew day
Raymond Obico on Jun 14, 2019
i need one
Jim H on May 31, 2019
To help get cleaner beer
Mitchell G on May 24, 2019
I have another. Good price
steve m on May 4, 2019
for my mash and boil
Casey K on May 2, 2019
Don't want to use hop socks anymore
Andrew S W on Apr 25, 2019
I'm tired of my bazooka screen clogging with hop particulates. Also, I just got a pump and I don't want to clog it.
Aaron S on Apr 16, 2019
Easy cleanup
Kathlyn W. F on Apr 15, 2019
So I can put hops in without them going everywhere
Dave T on Apr 12, 2019
convenience
Ethan T on Mar 30, 2019
Should save lots of time when doing multiple hops additions Best price too!
PETER H on Mar 30, 2019
It says spider
Dan M on Mar 27, 2019
Good price
Keith E on Mar 24, 2019
Hopping
Valued C on Mar 23, 2019
I have a hop spider now but it's too narrow and clogs. This seems to be a reliable and reasonably priced upgrade, and the reviews were good.
Valued C on Mar 21, 2019
For keeping thrub out of smaller batches easier.
Michael W on Mar 18, 2019
Need to add hops easily.
Ed L on Mar 14, 2019
value
Charles B on Feb 23, 2019
Easier hopping, cleaner beer from the jump.
Michael W on Feb 23, 2019
Read reviews
Dan K on Feb 20, 2019
Im tired of using the bags and im hoping this makes brewing a little easier.
Valued C on Feb 15, 2019
keep hops from wort
Donald E S on Feb 14, 2019
Need it
Alejandro V on Feb 8, 2019
will need
Charles C on Jan 26, 2019
Need
Darin V on Jan 10, 2019
Melted a mash paddle to it
Jody D on Jan 7, 2019
keep hops out of the final wort.
Digital I on Jan 4, 2019
seems convenient
Shawn G on Dec 28, 2018
Convenience during brewing. Was using a bag.
IVAN N on Dec 18, 2018
I hope it works
rick b on Dec 17, 2018
Don't really know. Thought I'd try something new
Steven B on Dec 15, 2018
For clearer beer.
John M on Dec 10, 2018
have one works great. its a gift.
Matt Schultz on Nov 25, 2018
Need
Brian C on Nov 20, 2018
Need filter hops
Mayra M on Nov 17, 2018
I like stainless steel instead of paint strainer in boil
Valued C on Nov 17, 2018
Seems like it may be easier to clean than hop bags.
Mike M on Nov 17, 2018
Easier to maintain hop addings for future boils
Anthony S on Nov 17, 2018
Recommendation
Brad O on Nov 17, 2018
to keep hops out of wort
Bob on Oct 30, 2018
Improvement over hop bags
Richard Gonchar on Oct 29, 2018
I have not tried this yet but looking forward to a clearer brew
todd on Oct 29, 2018
Deal of the day
Jared B on Oct 29, 2018
Keep my pump from plugging up
Roger Taylor on Oct 27, 2018
free promo.
Colin M on Oct 17, 2018
To filter solids out of the wort, pre-cooldown.
Matt Y on Oct 5, 2018
Best price, good reviews
Phil M on Jul 11, 2019
hope it works on my RoboBrew
Jim H on Jun 22, 2019
Will this do well with my 10 gallon Anvil Kettle?
John Coughlin on Sep 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Should be fine, John. You may need to modify the handle depending on your setup. I use the same spider with my 10 gallon Brewbuilt. I wanted to raise the bottom of the spider to sit above my electric heating element. Simply modified the handle to raise the resting height. This also allowed the spider’s top rim to stay well above the boil level. Good luck.
How do you handle 0 minute hops additions with this? Add the hops and then immediately remove it? Or add the hops and keep this in the wort until cooled down?
Aaron Correll on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Aaron - We recommend to add the 0 minute hops into the hop spider, allow the hops to steep for 15 minutes or less, then it shouldn't be a problem to remove the spider and start wort chilling. Or you can add the 0 min hops straight into the wort without the spider and immediately begin chilling.
The specs say that the basket is 13.75" high. Is that the distance from the bottom of the cone to the top of the handle, or to the top of the actual cone?

Does anyone know if the handle can be bent so that the kettle lid can still fit on the pot?
Jeff Calton on Mar 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jeff - That measurement is referring to the actual cone, not to the top of the handle, and the handle can be bent to specifications. However, too much modification to the handle can cause weakness over time. Especially weakening of the weld connecting the handle to the cone.
For this mesh size how much loss of the bitterness vs direct contact?
Denis Shatilov on Jan 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Denis - The loss of bitterness is rather minuscule using the hop spider.
Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
37 Reviews
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sturdy, super fine mesh
did a big hazy and placed about 11oz of hops in the basket. worked good but the mesh was so fine i had to scrape and stir the inside of the basket to try and make sure i had good wort contact. otherwise solid construction...one other note, it is slightly too tall for the morebeer 15gal kettle, but a simple rope to tie it to the handle works.
July 11, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
July 16, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Awesome piece of equipment!
This was a great addition to my all-grain brew setup. In addition to using it for boiling hops, I also used it as a strainer when transferring the wort to the fermenter. It worked perfectly and is easy to clean.
May 30, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Only used it once. Hopefully again soon.
Fit right in my 10 gallon pot. Held all the hops I added. Also cleaned up super easy.
April 23, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
I actually get to keep my wort now!
Works well for adding hops. has plenty of room and sits at just the right height (I use a 20 gal kettle and typically boil 16 gal of wort). The only thing is that after a couple additions of a few oz of pellets, the screen can begin to plug up. "tea bagging" the Spider helps some, but I found removing earlier hop additions and rinsing prior to the next hop addition the most helpful. I haven't noticed any difference in my hop character, but it would be an interesting experiment. Also made the trub leftover almost non-existent.
April 11, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
April 12, 2019
Tyler W Staff
I put it to the test a few days ago, on an IPA with just under 8 oz. of boil hops, and it did the job. Wasn't sure from reading other reviews if it could handle that much, but no problem. As some have complained, it sits right on the bottom of my 10 gal. Brew Built kettle, so I'm going to have to fabricate a different hanger, but that's what home brewers do, right? Also, it was pretty easy to clean. Haven't tried the brew yet, but I've made it 23 times, so I'll know if I got full hop utilization in a few weeks, and will report back if not. Alter the hanger and it gets 5 stars! Tom.
April 3, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. Apologies for the apprehensions that have been experienced. We are glad to see the willingness to Macgyver products so that they fit specifications. Sometimes that's required when products are not intended for specific actions. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
April 4, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Just what I most needed!
Just used this for the first time. I LOVE IT!!!

My kettle is a little too short for this, so I had to bend the handle to hold it higher in my kettle.

During the boil it seemed that natural convection caused the hop spider to get plugged up. I'm not sure this is a problem, but just in case I periodically jiggled it up and down and that unplugged it. I used the same technique while pulling it slowly out of the kettle to quickly drain it after the boil.

Before the transfer to primary, I sanitized the hop spider. Then I placed it in the kettle of chilled wort, and put my siphon inside the hop spider, using the spider to prevent much of the trub from transfering. As the outside of it got plugged up, I used the same jiggling technique to clear it. Worked great.

I've always needed one of these badly, just didn't know it!
March 20, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad that the spider worked out to unknown specifications and that is turning out to be a great tool. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
March 21, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Worked well in a 10 gal kettle and cleaned easily
As you can see in the photo I used this in a 10 gallon kettle. Even though it looks over-sized for a 10 gallon kettle, there was no issue with the basket falling over. I put about 4 oz of hops into this. Since this was my first time using a container for hops I wasn’t sure what to do with the last 1 minute hops addition. Do I take it out immediately at flame out? Well, luckily, the lid to my Bayou Classic 10 Gallon Kettle is domed enough that it fit just fine with this hops spider still inside. So I kept the hops spider in there while I cooled down the wort/kettle in the ice bath in my sink. I don’t know what you would do with a wort chiller if you have a 0 minute hops addition. I don’t think you could fit both the hops spider and a wort chiller at the same time. Do you just add the hops and immediately remove it? That doesn’t make sense to me.

One other handy thing about this hops spider versus using a mesh bag for containing hops additions, is that its really easy to add hops. With a mesh bag I would have to fish it out of the hot wort, hold open in one hand and then drop hops in with another – seems like a pain. But with this contraption I simply just throw the hops into the basket when I need to. I did use a small spoon to stir the hops up, but probably didn’t need to.

From reading a previous review I decided to add my Whirlfloc OUTSIDE the spider. No issues with clean up. When I removed the full hops spider from my cooled wort I let it sit in the sink for a while to drain. All I had to do to clean this was turn it upside down, give it a light tap and all the hops trub dropped out in one solid mass. A couple minutes of rinsing under the faucet seemed to do the trick.
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March 13, 2019
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Very good points regarding hop additions to the spider rather than using a mesh bag. Cheers!
March 14, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Perfect
Was exactly what you described. Fit my keggle perfect. Was fast delivery. Couldn't ask for anything more. Good doing business with you. Cheers
March 2, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Really great product
Overall I'm really pleased with this thing.

I did have a problem with the mesh getting clogged after I used Whirlflock because the break material started to adhere to the sides. When I picked it up with 5 1/2 oz of hops it was very slowly filtering and I could see the buildup on the outside.

Some of the reviews are saying they wish this was smaller, but I can't see why you'd want a smaller one. I am using this for 10 gal batches, but as long as it fits your pot I'd take the largest one you can get. Smaller one would be harder to clean and more prone to clogging. I wouldn't put more than around 6oz of hops in this thing if you're using a kettle fining because the more you put in the less circulation you're going to get. At some point the temperature inside is going to start dropping and changing extraction/isomerization.

I think I might try dropping the pellets right in the boil and then pumping through this as a way to filter them out at the end. It would probably catch a good deal of the trub as well.

It's fairly easy to clean if you hit it with something high enough pressure like a garden hose to get off all the particulates and then dunk it in some PBW. That said the seem on the inside creates a place that is impossible to clean completely which annoys me, but is unlikely to cause any practical problems.

I do wish there was a version that allowed you to adjust the height, and that they had a better finish on the handle where it terminates. I cut myself the first time I used it.

Overall it's really great, and for all beers except IPAs I've stopped using hop bags which is the best reason to use this.
February 23, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
February 25, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Way easier to clean and the hoops are contained in one spot
February 22, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago