AdrianDBW
I know Dude has already did a hop spider video using some arrows and a chopped in half teapot- but I don't have a couple of arrows and I don't have a flower pot in good enough condition to use, so I've made a 'screwfix special' hop spider.

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So this is a 125 to 100mm pipe reducer from screwfix (cat no 10684, price £1.54). I decided to use 3 bolts so I had to buy less bolts and drill less holes. I also made a template on the computer to get the holes exactly 120 degrees apart (pdf attached to this post!)

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I then drilled three 10mm holes...

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And bolted 3 M10 coach bolts on- using a nyloc on the inside (to prevent any nuts falling into the boil). The bolts are based on what fitted with my kettle best- the length I used  was 150mm and are available screwfix part number 53448- but only available in pack of 50 for £16.99, so I bought them elsewhere loose for 50p each. The nuts and washers I already had, but they are also available from screwfix in quantity (cat nos 85831- £6.99 for 100, 2054V- £1.99 for 100 and 3442T- £2.79 for 100).

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To hold a mesh bag in place I bought a jubille clip (I think this size is 100-120mm which again I bought elsewhere loose for £1.50 each, but you can buy 70-120mm clips from screwfix in a pack of 10 for £12.99- cat no 28347). Note- I clamped the bag on and then put the bag down through the spider- other's do it the other way round, but I wanted to be sure the clip didn't fall into the kettle if it came lose!

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I used a bag which was deep enough to go as far into the kettle as I could get it, without the risk of it touching the heating element. This is a 300 micron mesh bag and was a couple of quid off ebay.

This whole thing cost me about 7quid to put together- so about 23quid cheaper than the mesh/strainer ones that are available and with the advantage that you can just chuck the mesh bag in the washing machine with your muslins/filters and BIAB bag after use. Admittedly I didn't worry about using stainless fixings- others would probably advise you so, but as none of the metal parts come into contact with the wort I didn't worry.


Hopefully this is of some interest to someone!!

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Womble
Is that a toilet out-pipe reducer you are using ?
Multi-tasking, easy, drink beer and watch telly.
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AdrianDBW
Womble wrote:
Is that a toilet out-pipe reducer you are using ?


Nope, it's an extractor fan duct reducer pipe
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Womble
That's a shame ... I was hoping to have some toilet humour fun !
Multi-tasking, easy, drink beer and watch telly.
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Clibit
Womble wrote:
That's a shame ... I was hoping to have some toilet humour fun !


Let's have some extractor fan duct reducer pipe fun instead!


Er........   [rofl]


Fantastic guide and pics Adrian, good man!   [thumb]

Edit:  It looks the hops danglies!  
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GHW
Clibit wrote:


Let's have some extractor fan duct reducer pipe fun instead!


Er........   [rofl]


Fantastic guide and pics Adrian, good man!   [thumb]

Edit:  It looks the hops danglies!  


I used to like farm vehicles but nowadays I’m an ex tractor fan.
I’ve ‘duct’ the other part of the gag.

I can hear the applause already.
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Womble
Ouch ... I didn't see that one coming
Multi-tasking, easy, drink beer and watch telly.
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Chug
Nice and simple way of doing it, good job. [thumb]
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