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Old 02-01-2010, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default Okay who here uses a Hop Back

I am considering using a hop back for added aroma as well as filtering before the plate chiller.

I'm wondering who here uses them?
Did you DIY or buy it
Any images would be great,

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Old 02-01-2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:39 AM   #3
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looks like a drilled asparagus steamer.
would go that route if you wanted to save about 70$

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Old 02-02-2010, 12:43 AM   #4
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I plan on using one as well. I have a ss mesh filter on kettle but hop pellets escape so want to filoter last bit before I pump in into my Therminator. I figure If it strains out and adds aroma hey dual purpose. I will post results. Figure I would use some rice hulls and an ounce or two of whole hops.

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This seems like a fun DIY project. Pretty straight forward and most likely would save you a good bit of cash. I'm think a quick trip to cooking aisle at walmart or any other department store and pick up a SS storage container and then a ss mesh screen. Add couplers and then you good to go!

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the asparagus steamers come with a mesh basket and a lid

and typically run under 20$

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the asparagus steamers come with a mesh basket and a lid

and typically run under 20$
Looks like a winner to me!
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:00 AM   #8
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Of course I can't find it now...But there's a how-to for making one out of a mason car, some SS Scrubbies...and a few other small parts.

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I have not used mine yet, but I converted my 10 gallon polarware kettle. I installed the couplings as well as a sight gauge to monitor the flow. Inside is a home made hopstopper of stainless 20x20 mesh. I move to a 20 gallon build and though I could use it as a hopback and a decoction/MLT for small batches. We will see how it works.

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Old 02-02-2010, 05:28 PM   #10
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I have the exact one you linked to from More Beer (but it was given to me for free - I would never spend $80 on this). I have used it a grand total of 1 times. I think I will use it more this year, but I just seemed to migrate away from hoppy beers recently.

It works very well. I think I should consider hooking this up full time when I have a more long term brew rig and use it as a grant when not using it for hops.

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