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Old 09-22-2010, 04:50 PM   #11
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Yeah I saw that video and was very interested as well... I pump everything so that idea that this is completely sealed intrigues me quite a bit. I'm thinking the $100 is about right... B3 has a hopback thats about $80-90 so for one that seals and can be used for multiple purposes a c note isn't bad... now if its much more than that I think I'll pass.

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Old 09-22-2010, 05:19 PM   #12
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I would buy one right now if it was available... seems like a nice way to insert more hop aroma and filter the whirlpool.

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Old 09-22-2010, 05:28 PM   #13
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I considered the b3 one a few times, but I think it will have the same problems my home-made one has. Particularly in that it probably won't hold much pressure. They recommend the pump after the hopback which strikes me as a way to burn out your pump. Blichmann rightly recommends the pump in front of the hopback.

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Old 09-22-2010, 05:51 PM   #14
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Jester, I use an IC in the kettle and I was thinking about recirculating through the hopback back into the kettle the whole time I am chilling... have you done anything like that with your homemade one?

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Old 09-22-2010, 06:04 PM   #15
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This looks great, I think it might have just shot to #1 on my christmas wishlist.

I'm curious how well it would filter with some simple filter floss thrown in when you don't need the hop kick?

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Old 09-22-2010, 06:13 PM   #16
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Using as a hop back, wouldn't this thing cause lots of dead space loss, since the output is on the top? I guess you could flip it upside down to drain after your done.

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Old 09-22-2010, 06:48 PM   #17
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Jester, I use an IC in the kettle and I was thinking about recirculating through the hopback back into the kettle the whole time I am chilling... have you done anything like that with your homemade one?
I haven't, I use a plate chiller. I'm not sure a hopback would get you much over late addition hops in this case.

The way I understand it, the hopback lets you get the hop aroma and flavor into the hot wort just prior to chilling it. Since both systems have controlled inputs and outputs, you won't be able to lose the aroma to outgassing as you would in a normal boil kettle/late addition setup.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:47 PM   #18
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I haven't, I use a plate chiller. I'm not sure a hopback would get you much over late addition hops in this case.

The way I understand it, the hopback lets you get the hop aroma and flavor into the hot wort just prior to chilling it. Since both systems have controlled inputs and outputs, you won't be able to lose the aroma to outgassing as you would in a normal boil kettle/late addition setup.
I'm with you... thats exactly the reason why I was looking to this... simply adding late additions isn't getting me the hop aroma and flavor I am looking for. I've been interested and looking into these plate chillers and maybe that is the way I'll go if I decide to make use of this Hop Rocket. Thanks for the insight.

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Old 09-22-2010, 08:43 PM   #19
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A counter-flow chiller would work just as well. I like my plate chiller, but I thought I'd mention it.

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Old 09-23-2010, 03:32 PM   #20
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I've gotten filter housings like this off ebay for ~$35....you can probably make one of these.

It's too big IMHO, too much beer left in the system, and you don't need that many hops to get the Randall Effect! As a hopback, it's probably fine...definitely more industrial looking than B3's hopback (which is rarely in stock).

I don't want to knock it too much, because I think it's a pretty sweet frefab option....especially if you're already getting a kettle and know you'll use it regularly as a hopback.

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