boil kettle screen clogging

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by tngolfer, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. tngolfer

    tngolfer Aficionado (235) Tennessee Feb 16, 2012

    I have a bazooka screen on my boil kettle that gets clogged from hop matter settling on it. Are there any good ways to keep it from clogging other than using a hop bag?

    Similarly, is there a good way to clean hops and other break material from a bazooka screen?
  2. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Savant (495) Nevada Dec 4, 2008 Verified

    no...use a'll be glad you did.
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  3. primrose54

    primrose54 Savant (395) Ohio Apr 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    Hop bags work great for me. You can make/buy nylon bags that are reusable.
  4. cracker

    cracker Savant (405) Pennsylvania May 2, 2004

    Mine does not clog when I use whole hops. In fact by using whole hops it creates a nice filter bed trapping all the cold break so that when transfering the cooled wort to the fermenter it is as clear as can be. Pellet hops will definitely clog a bazooka screen so a hop bag is needed.
  5. I learned this lesson 2 brews ago. Only had 2oz of pellets in the boil kettle and still clogged it up. Hop bags for the win.

    That reminds me, time to build a hop spider.
  6. I recently built a hop spider and I am glad I did. It was pretty easy to do, and there was a lot less hop material in the wort.
  7. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Advocate (530) Texas Nov 21, 2008 Verified

    Yes, Basically you're clearing a blinded filter. When it clogs you have to backflush (temporarily reversing the flow.)
  8. tngolfer

    tngolfer Aficionado (235) Tennessee Feb 16, 2012

    Hop bag it is. Thanks everyone.