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Old 06-12-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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Ok I ordered that hop stopper for the blickman from Electricbrewing. I"ll boil up my next batch of iipa and post back so you guys with Blichmans will know if it works or not.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:39 PM   #12
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Ok I ordered that hop stopper for the blickman from Electricbrewing. I"ll boil up my next batch of iipa and post back so you guys with Blichmans will know if it works or not.
Cool.. let us know! I have heard a few complaints about it as well but I don't see how it wouldn't work provided you open the valve slowly like he says in the videos.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:11 PM   #13
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I am also interested how the hop stopper works,I asked for it for my birthday which is next month

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #14
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What I do is just line my fermint bucket with a 15 by 15 sanitized nylon brew bag. Pour the entire brew kettle into it.. and then lift it out. Hop pieces trub and all

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:38 PM   #15
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I think that is honestly the most elegant and simply solution leolee66. If you are doing batch sizes that you feel comfortable with lifting and dumping the entire kettle by hand, I endorse that method 100%. However this becomes a little tricky brewing a 10 (or 15 in the OPs case) gallon batch by yourself.

With that being said, there has been more than one occasion where me and a buddy have had to dump a nearly full keggle into fermenting buckets due to hops clogging up the diptube.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:48 PM   #16
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Look up my build. Works pretty well for around $30 altogether. All stainless steel. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/120-volt-stovetop-steel-5-gal-electric-brew-kettle-bazooka-pellets-325650/

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Old 06-12-2012, 10:24 PM   #17
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Hey imperialipa,

I have the Blichmann 15 as well and have always used a paint strainer bag with whole leaf hops--never tried it without. Maybe go a little slower with the valve? It will take a little longer but you might find it doesn't clog. Also, maybe check out blichmann's hop blocker. I don't have any experience with it but it could improve your situation.

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Ok I ordered that hop stopper for the blickman from Electricbrewing. I"ll boil up my next batch of iipa and post back so you guys with Blichmans will know if it works or not.
if you did not order the diptube with the HopStopper you may have to modify your diptube by putting notches around the tip otherwise it may tend to clog. the first time i used mine i was able to drain 3.5 gallons before it started to clog intermittently then it really slowed. now i have cut notches and know to slow the drain for the last gallon or so. also, do no whirlpool or recirculate for best results.
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I have a hopblocker from blichmann and it is marginal at best, not really worth the price.



if you did not order the diptube with the HopStopper you may have to modify your diptube by putting notches around the tip otherwise it may tend to clog. the first time i used mine i was able to drain 3.5 gallons before it started to clog intermittently then it really slowed. now i have cut notches and know to slow the drain for the last gallon or so. also, do no whirlpool or recirculate for best results.
The diptube is part of the hop stopper (the one from the electric brewery). I have it and just pulled the Blichmann Diptube out, replaced the lock nut thingie on the new one and inserted the hop stopper. It works fabulously!
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Whirlpool with a pump and use a side-pickup on the kettle. That leaves most the hops behind. If it's a super hoppy beer, just sanitize a paint strainer bag, and use it to filter the wort heading into the fermenter.

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Are hop bags not standard equipment for most people?

I use the draw string bags for 1-2oz of leaf or pellet hops and never have any problems. Is there a reason other people don't use them? If I have even more I use a larger fine mesh bag, I guess what a lot of people use for BIAB.

I can't imagine doing it any other way.

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