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Old 01-15-2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default Hopstopper vs. Domed False Bottom

Well, until today I had my mind made up that I was going to be getting a hopstopper...then I read a post by Yuri saying the domed false bottoms at more beer are as good. I do not want to question Yuri's point, but further explain what I am looking to accomplish.

I have a shirron plate chiller and I am trying to reduce/eliminate the chance of getting any pellet hops or hot break into it as possible. I am at the point where I am ready to order, actually I meant to order this past weekend, but time became an issue. After pricing out the hardware for the hopstopper, I am coming in at close to $100. Looking at the false bottoms, I would be about $45 cheaper. I do not want to save the money at the cost of performance. Which would be the better choice, or is there a third option I have not even considered yet?

Also, I have been looking for a weldless kettle coupler that will work with the hopstopper. According to the site, the thread size has an option "Thread Size: either 3/8" NPT or 1/2" NPT", but most, if not all of the weldless bulkheads I have seen are not threaded. Am I missing something?

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Old 01-15-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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My weldless bulkhead fitting is threaded on the inside of the fitting . . . .

OK this doesnt sound right and I cant figure out how to make it sound right . . . .

when my bulkhead fitting is installed the part on the inside of the kettle has threads on the inside of the fitting . . . .

that make sense? are you looking at pictures of the fittings where you wouldnt be able to see the inside of them or are you looking at the fittings themselves and they aren't threaded at all?

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Old 01-15-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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that make sense? are you looking at pictures of the fittings where you wouldnt be able to see the inside of them or are you looking at the fittings themselves and they aren't threaded at all?
When I look at this fitting:


The portion inside the kettle appears to not be threaded. I know this piece has to attach somehow to the coupler, and I imagine it is threaded, but I have never seen one in person, so I am not sure if I can use it to attach to a hopstopper or false bottom...
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ok yeah, that smooth steel piece on the left side of the fitting (the part that goes inside the kettle) is threaded on the inside. There is actually a nipple that holds that steel piece on the left to the brass valve.

let me look around I know there is an image of one of those things broken down somewhere . . .

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ok here is that fitting minus the valve

The piece that you see when you look inside a kettle is called a straight conector. It's threaded on the inside. Connected to that is a nipple that passes through the side of the kettle to your valve (with washers and o-rings to prevent leaks)

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Even the all stainless version that I am about to order costs less than $100, and the standard version is $60.
No, the $100 is for buying the standard version offered on the site. I was factoring in the hardware and shipping as well since I do not have a bulkhead in my kettle currently.
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I'm trying to figure out the mesh type used on the hopstopper. This stuff is rated in how many holes there are per inch and looking at Mcmaster, there seems to be a lot to choose from. If you don't mind the dip tube being copper, you can build it for way less than $100.

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I have heard that other attempts to replicate this design have not gone well...

I have no issue spending the cash, I just want to see if this is the best way to accomplish what I am looking to do...

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I think I have the cheapest hop stoper at 50 cents.


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I think I have the cheapest hop stoper at 50 cents.

If you were to load that sucker up with a 10 oz. pellet hop bill, how do you think it would fair?
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I think I have the cheapest hop stoper at 50 cents.
And you can clean with it when you're done!
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