Hop Spider

Hop Spider

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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 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. 0.4 mm aperture mesh.


Kegland Part Number: KL04688

Item # AG460
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Weight 2 LBS
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Economical way to add hops to wort.
Michael M on Jan 20, 2021
Offered as add on
Seth A on Jan 11, 2021
Economical way to add hops to wort.
Michael M on Jan 20, 2021
to clear up my wart
Ken F on Jan 18, 2021
Offered as add on
Seth A on Jan 11, 2021
Seems like a well designed, well made piece.
Attila K on Jan 8, 2021
Prevents hops from clogging the pump
Gary R D on Jan 5, 2021
need second one for larger hops additions in 1 barrel kettle
Michael W on Jan 1, 2021
Have been dying for one for years.
Jennifer V on Dec 31, 2020
Told worth the investment
M Tyler S on Dec 29, 2020
Shilah M on Dec 17, 2020
Mark Shaw on Dec 17, 2020
Reduce trub from hops during wort boil
Erika B on Dec 16, 2020
son recommended
Scott H on Dec 15, 2020
It was on my son-in-law’s wish list.
dolores s on Dec 11, 2020
Too much hop matter in bottom of kettle
Sean J on Dec 10, 2020
Christmas gift
Tina S on Dec 9, 2020
For clearer beer
Valued C on Dec 5, 2020
Love the concept of this
Tod T on Dec 5, 2020
Wanted a convenient way to add hops to the boil but be able to remove them
Emuel V on Dec 2, 2020
To help with easier clean up
Jeffrey A E on Dec 2, 2020
good price
Glen K on Dec 1, 2020
John P J on Nov 24, 2020
My husband mentioned it so...
Rogna H on Nov 23, 2020
One Pliny The Elder D{PIA clone was all it took. This makes any/all hop additions much easier!
Ross Browne on Nov 17, 2020
Tired of buying or not having mesh bags on hand
Eugene M on Nov 14, 2020
Good reviews.
Alistair S on Nov 11, 2020
Free shipping
Danny K on Nov 7, 2020
tired of straining 8-10 oz of hops thru my strainer after boil
Troy F on Nov 6, 2020
JIM L on Nov 4, 2020
Heard about it.
thomas f. k on Oct 29, 2020
Best value all in one
Troy A on Oct 24, 2020
This was recomended by many to help prevent clogging the pump
John Kirwan I on Oct 22, 2020
replacing hop bags
David R on Oct 13, 2020
better than bag
CHAMP J on Oct 7, 2020
Easier to use with an immersion chiller than my DIY one
Peter G on Oct 2, 2020
Looked cool, want to get clearer beer
Jeff H on Oct 2, 2020
Finally!!!! hoping to avoid the use of so many grain bags on Brew Days!
Joni W on Sep 26, 2020
I thought it would go nicely with the bathroom rug and towels
Doi j Hayashi on Sep 24, 2020
RFLuis Solis P on Sep 23, 2020
William m on Sep 22, 2020
So I don’t have to keep using bags
Zachary W on Sep 19, 2020
tired of multiple hop bags
Jim F on Sep 14, 2020
Don't want to plug up my chiller
Tony D G on Sep 5, 2020
reduce the amount of hop debris that makes it into the fermenter
Michael B on Sep 5, 2020
Cleaner/easier way to add hops as well as keep them out of wort.
Dan F on Sep 4, 2020
Supposed to fit keggle and need to stop clogging plate chiller from hop material
Ken W on Sep 3, 2020
for good recommendations
Angelica Moreno on Aug 31, 2020
I don't like using hop bags
Andrew H on Aug 27, 2020
Seen it used successfully
Kenneth M M on Aug 26, 2020
Looking for a faster, easier brew day.
Bill S on Aug 24, 2020
looks like it fits keggles
Jacob K on Aug 22, 2020
to clear up my wart
Ken F on Jan 18, 2021
Seems like a well designed, well made piece.
Attila K on Jan 8, 2021
Would anyone recommend this to replace bags for grain and/or hops in the main boil? Seems like it'd keep most of the trub from settling in the wort but I am concerned that with such a fine mesh, the ingredients won't incorporate into the boil as well as bags or loose.
Chris Meier on Jul 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have one and have used it several times. It’s not really big enough for grain, why are you adding grain to your boil? Liquid malt maybe! I use a clamp to hold it to the side of my boil kettle, as it tends to float during the boil, and before the clamp it once dumped into the kettle. I put my recirculating hose into the spider, to be sure the hops are getting full utilization. However, a lot of pellets, for multiple hop additions, can clog the screen and overflow the spider as well. I bought one with a screw top, that I just throw in like a bag, but it’s smaller for smaller additions. It has its benefits used properly, I had a plate chiller I was using and didn’t want the hops plugging it up. I’ve had bags come untied, so being careful about what ever you do, is prudent.
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.
I brew 3gal batch’s would this work for that my boil volume for 3gal batch is little over 5gal?
William Hardin on Jun 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This does depend on the height of your kettle overall. If it gets to the bottom of your kettle, or underneath the surface of your wort, then it will work perfectly regardless of batch size.
Will this fit to my 20 gallon ss brewtech kettle? Im doing 15 gallon batches on it.
Ariel Zelaya on Dec 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It should work fine for you with that size kettle. I traded mine out for a smaller version as I only use an 8 gallon kettle.
I have a 15 gallon brew built kettle. How far will this spider reach into the kettle? I doubt if I ever brew more than 7 gallons at a time.
David Crowder on Jan 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You’ll only get the bottom half in the 7 gallons. I try to keep an eye on where the bubbling occurs and position the spider over it. I try to maximize circulation underneath. I tried setting up a recirculating pump to flow through the spider but the hops limit flow and I had a spillover. If you do this, make it a trickle flow.
Hello! I am wondering the full length of the product? It says the basket is 13.75 inches high, but how long is the metal handle? I get that it can be bent, but how long is the metal handle so I know how much wiggle room I have.
Christopher Stull on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The basket hangs 2-1/4 inches below the handle.
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.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great hop spider, well constructed, no burr bites
Works great-got great hop utilization, although the longish tab barely kept the top of the strainer above the wort level. Also fits inside the chiller, so that was a plus.
Hop spider barely above brew level
Hop spider barely above brew level
January 18, 2021
2 weeks ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this thing
I wish I had purchased this sooner. Very little hop particulate compared to what I used to have. Wort looks super clean compared to without it. I d buy it again.
December 15, 2020
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great product
Fits perfect in my 15 gallon blichman kettle. You do need a deep kettle for this item to fit properly. No more hop bags for me!
December 15, 2020
1 month ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Hop Spider
Screen gets clogged easily. Have to scrape screen to get decent flow of hop liquid. Keeps hops our of pump though
November 17, 2020
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best Homebrew Purchase ever!
After using muslin bags for 4 years and so-so hop flavors in my pale ales/ipas, I pulled the trigger for hop spider. One of my best home brew purchase I made. Super easy to use and much better hop extraction. Easy to clean post boil and saves me from messy muslin bags.
Fits well in my kettle and keeps the hops in.
Fits well in my kettle and keeps the hops in.
November 11, 2020
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
What an upgrade from bags
I like to do lots of hop additions and have tons of hop bags. I would tie them all on a hook outside of the boil kettle. Worked - but then a pain to clean all of the, dry, etc. This spider makes it supper simple to add multiple additions. One device and I just pour the hop additions into it. Wish I had it years ago!
October 27, 2020
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Brewing made easy
Using this during my boil greatly reduced the amount of sediment in my mash. Flavor remains spot on and bulk of additions are captured for easy removal.
October 16, 2020
5 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Gets clogged easily
I've been using this for a little over a year now in probably 10 or so 10gal batches using pellet hops. I've brewed malt forward beers with only a few hops and hop-heavy IPAs with it. I love that it keeps the hops contained. It has really cleaned up my beer and my bazooka tube doesn't get clogged up anymore. I had to bend the handle a bit to accommodate my kettle, but that was no big deal.

That said, I've found that I lose quite a bit of wort when I use it due to it clogging. I'm not sure if it is clogged with hop matter or with protein, but either way, when I lift it out of the wort, the wort doesn't drain out except for the slightest trickle. I decided to sit there and let it drain entirely one time and it took over an hour. This has been the case when I use Irish Moss or whirlfloc and when I don't use them.

Not sure if I should just build in a quart or two of waste into my recipes or if I should try a different hop spider. This also makes me wonder how much hop utilization I'm actually getting if the wort doesn't circulate through it very well.

Any advice on how to keep the thing flowing freely would be appreciated.
October 8, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Too large for 5 gallon kettle
Too large for the 5 gallon kettle that comes with the extract starter kits. It is fine mesh and I still use it, it just goes in diagonally and the kit doesn’t fit when it is inside. Oh well, time to upgrade to a bigger kettle.
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September 23, 2020
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Does the job!
Works well, not too hard to clean, still getting great flavor and aroma using with pellet hops.
September 22, 2020
5 months ago