I want to throw pellet hops directly into my boil pot for maximum hop utilization. At the end of the boil, before I route the wort to my plate chiller I would start my pump and recirculate from my boil pot (dip tube at the pot bottom center), through the pump and a couple of valves, and back to the boil pot via a return connector in the top rim of my boil pot. I might also do a hop stand with several ounces of pellet hops at the end of the boil.
During this recirculation I would catch hop material at the output of the return connector using a strainer (probably a 300 micron basket). I would let this run until most of the hop material is collected.
My system uses 3/8" ID silicone tubing, and 3/8" ID hose barbs, so that is the smallest diameter at any point. I’m using a 1/25th horsepower steelhead pump.
Will this clog my pump and/or valves?
I know there are other ways to do this, like whirlpooling, etc., but I want specifically to do it this way if possible. If anyone has done this successfully I would like to benefit from your experience, please let me know.
Thanks and Cheers!