I'm getting ready to brew a pliny clone. I have done some research regarding the use of a hop spider and was going to build my own. However, I've gotten mixed feeling about the use of one. I've read that it helps keep the brew clean, but, have also read that the hops doesn't get fully utilized due to being "balled up" and not free to go through out the boil. Also wAnted to dry hop in bags to prevent the hops from floating on top. Also, got the same information regarding dry hopping in bags. As always I come here to se where people stand as far as best practices. I will experiment in the future, just don't want to with this particular batch.