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Dr_Deathweed 04-21-2009 01:25 AM

DIY Hopback
 
4 Attachment(s)

Needed:

2 male 3/8" barbs
1 female 3"8" barb
1 3/8" compression cap
4 #11 O-rings
Hose clamps
stainless steel braid
1 mason jar
a couple of spare lids
Teflon tape
some spare hose


I decided to make this since I never seem to get the hop aroma I am looking for with my current setup. I figured go ahead and give this a shot, because if nothing else I am only out $20 in parts, most of which I can easily use for something else.

First I took a mason jar lid and drilled a couple holes in it. I suggest having some spares because if you don't have the lid secured or your drill going fast enough you will shred the thin metal of the lid. I used a dremel tool to enlarge the holes the slight amount needed to fit the barbs in.
Attachment 10754

One of the holes uses 1 male and 1 female barb with a couple O-rings, while the other uses the male and compression cap.
Attachment 10755

The idea here is that hot wort from the kettle comes in one side (the side with the compression cap) and leaves through the other the 2-barbed side which will have the stainless steel braid attached.
Attachment 10756

I did a simple test run with water and it seemed to work great with no leaks or anything. The leak in the picture is from the march pump since I didnt use any hoseclamps on the hoses yet.
Attachment 10757

I stopped here tonight since I need to make dinner, but my next step will be placing the braid over the dip-tube. This way I can fill the jar with my hops and fill it half full with wort, hook up my march pump on the outlet, and draw from my boil kettle, through the hop back with the march pump, and into my CFC.

After I finish making it I will do a more elaborate test run, and use it in its inaugural brew of an IPA to enter into Edworts IPA competition this summer I will post more pics as I go and answer any questions that may arise.


Dr_Deathweed 04-21-2009 01:25 AM

DIY Hopback
 
4 Attachment(s)

Needed:

2 male 3/8" barbs
1 female 3"8" barb
1 3/8" compression cap
4 #11 O-rings
Hose clamps
stainless steel braid
1 mason jar
a couple of spare lids
Teflon tape
some spare hose


I decided to make this since I never seem to get the hop aroma I am looking for with my current setup. I figured go ahead and give this a shot, because if nothing else I am only out $20 in parts, most of which I can easily use for something else.

First I took a mason jar lid and drilled a couple holes in it. I suggest having some spares because if you don't have the lid secured or your drill going fast enough you will shred the thin metal of the lid. I used a dremel tool to enlarge the holes the slight amount needed to fit the barbs in.
Attachment 10754

One of the holes uses 1 male and 1 female barb with a couple O-rings, while the other uses the male and compression cap.
Attachment 10755

The idea here is that hot wort from the kettle comes in one side (the side with the compression cap) and leaves through the other the 2-barbed side which will have the stainless steel braid attached.
Attachment 10756

I did a simple test run with water and it seemed to work great with no leaks or anything. The leak in the picture is from the march pump since I didnt use any hoseclamps on the hoses yet.
Attachment 10757

I stopped here tonight since I need to make dinner, but my next step will be placing the braid over the dip-tube. This way I can fill the jar with my hops and fill it half full with wort, hook up my march pump on the outlet, and draw from my boil kettle, through the hop back with the march pump, and into my CFC.

After I finish making it I will do a more elaborate test run, and use it in its inaugural brew of an IPA to enter into Edworts IPA competition this summer I will post more pics as I go and answer any questions that may arise.


Dr_Deathweed 04-21-2009 01:25 AM

DIY Hopback
 
4 Attachment(s)

Needed:

2 male 3/8" barbs
1 female 3"8" barb
1 3/8" compression cap
4 #11 O-rings
Hose clamps
stainless steel braid
1 mason jar
a couple of spare lids
Teflon tape
some spare hose


I decided to make this since I never seem to get the hop aroma I am looking for with my current setup. I figured go ahead and give this a shot, because if nothing else I am only out $20 in parts, most of which I can easily use for something else.

First I took a mason jar lid and drilled a couple holes in it. I suggest having some spares because if you don't have the lid secured or your drill going fast enough you will shred the thin metal of the lid. I used a dremel tool to enlarge the holes the slight amount needed to fit the barbs in.
Attachment 10754

One of the holes uses 1 male and 1 female barb with a couple O-rings, while the other uses the male and compression cap.
Attachment 10755

The idea here is that hot wort from the kettle comes in one side (the side with the compression cap) and leaves through the other the 2-barbed side which will have the stainless steel braid attached.
Attachment 10756

I did a simple test run with water and it seemed to work great with no leaks or anything. The leak in the picture is from the march pump since I didnt use any hoseclamps on the hoses yet.
Attachment 10757

I stopped here tonight since I need to make dinner, but my next step will be placing the braid over the dip-tube. This way I can fill the jar with my hops and fill it half full with wort, hook up my march pump on the outlet, and draw from my boil kettle, through the hop back with the march pump, and into my CFC.

After I finish making it I will do a more elaborate test run, and use it in its inaugural brew of an IPA to enter into Edworts IPA competition this summer I will post more pics as I go and answer any questions that may arise.


Dr_Deathweed 04-21-2009 01:25 AM

DIY Hopback
 
4 Attachment(s)

Needed:

2 male 3/8" barbs
1 female 3"8" barb
1 3/8" compression cap
4 #11 O-rings
Hose clamps
stainless steel braid
1 mason jar
a couple of spare lids
Teflon tape
some spare hose


I decided to make this since I never seem to get the hop aroma I am looking for with my current setup. I figured go ahead and give this a shot, because if nothing else I am only out $20 in parts, most of which I can easily use for something else.

First I took a mason jar lid and drilled a couple holes in it. I suggest having some spares because if you don't have the lid secured or your drill going fast enough you will shred the thin metal of the lid. I used a dremel tool to enlarge the holes the slight amount needed to fit the barbs in.
Attachment 10754

One of the holes uses 1 male and 1 female barb with a couple O-rings, while the other uses the male and compression cap.
Attachment 10755

The idea here is that hot wort from the kettle comes in one side (the side with the compression cap) and leaves through the other the 2-barbed side which will have the stainless steel braid attached.
Attachment 10756

I did a simple test run with water and it seemed to work great with no leaks or anything. The leak in the picture is from the march pump since I didnt use any hoseclamps on the hoses yet.
Attachment 10757

I stopped here tonight since I need to make dinner, but my next step will be placing the braid over the dip-tube. This way I can fill the jar with my hops and fill it half full with wort, hook up my march pump on the outlet, and draw from my boil kettle, through the hop back with the march pump, and into my CFC.

After I finish making it I will do a more elaborate test run, and use it in its inaugural brew of an IPA to enter into Edworts IPA competition this summer I will post more pics as I go and answer any questions that may arise.


Dr_Deathweed 04-27-2009 12:28 PM

5 Attachment(s)

As promised, here are pictures:

Attachment 10899
These are the additional parts for the braid, I ended up making a loop instead of using a straight braid. I will update the parts list in the first post at some point.

Attachment 10900
The finished braid.

Attachment 10901
The "finished" product. Like I said, I may tweak one or two things, like trying to add a washer on the upper seals to try and stop all leakage, but as of now with 11 gallons I only lost maybe 2-3 ounces out the leak. Its very slow, but present, so it will be fixed.

Attachment 10902
Sanitizing before use. I just shook up some star-san in it then threw it in between my pump and CFC after filling it with hops. I also learned when using the hops to pack them in loosely and not just cram everything in.

Attachment 10903
In action! At this point the flow was a trickle through my CFC because you can see everything compacted around my braid at the bottom. This was due to 1)the ass load of hops I put in for a trial run, and 2) I put the hops in the jar first, then put the braid and lid on which compacted everything below the braid. I stopped flow and carefully removed the lid and swung it aside just enough to stir up everything on the bottom of the jar so it was less compacted, put it all together and restarted flow. It worked well after that.


Dr_Deathweed 04-27-2009 12:28 PM

5 Attachment(s)

As promised, here are pictures:

Attachment 10899
These are the additional parts for the braid, I ended up making a loop instead of using a straight braid. I will update the parts list in the first post at some point.

Attachment 10900
The finished braid.

Attachment 10901
The "finished" product. Like I said, I may tweak one or two things, like trying to add a washer on the upper seals to try and stop all leakage, but as of now with 11 gallons I only lost maybe 2-3 ounces out the leak. Its very slow, but present, so it will be fixed.

Attachment 10902
Sanitizing before use. I just shook up some star-san in it then threw it in between my pump and CFC after filling it with hops. I also learned when using the hops to pack them in loosely and not just cram everything in.

Attachment 10903
In action! At this point the flow was a trickle through my CFC because you can see everything compacted around my braid at the bottom. This was due to 1)the ass load of hops I put in for a trial run, and 2) I put the hops in the jar first, then put the braid and lid on which compacted everything below the braid. I stopped flow and carefully removed the lid and swung it aside just enough to stir up everything on the bottom of the jar so it was less compacted, put it all together and restarted flow. It worked well after that.


Dr_Deathweed 04-27-2009 12:28 PM

5 Attachment(s)

As promised, here are pictures:

Attachment 10899
These are the additional parts for the braid, I ended up making a loop instead of using a straight braid. I will update the parts list in the first post at some point.

Attachment 10900
The finished braid.

Attachment 10901
The "finished" product. Like I said, I may tweak one or two things, like trying to add a washer on the upper seals to try and stop all leakage, but as of now with 11 gallons I only lost maybe 2-3 ounces out the leak. Its very slow, but present, so it will be fixed.

Attachment 10902
Sanitizing before use. I just shook up some star-san in it then threw it in between my pump and CFC after filling it with hops. I also learned when using the hops to pack them in loosely and not just cram everything in.

Attachment 10903
In action! At this point the flow was a trickle through my CFC because you can see everything compacted around my braid at the bottom. This was due to 1)the ass load of hops I put in for a trial run, and 2) I put the hops in the jar first, then put the braid and lid on which compacted everything below the braid. I stopped flow and carefully removed the lid and swung it aside just enough to stir up everything on the bottom of the jar so it was less compacted, put it all together and restarted flow. It worked well after that.


Dr_Deathweed 04-27-2009 12:28 PM

5 Attachment(s)

As promised, here are pictures:

Attachment 10899
These are the additional parts for the braid, I ended up making a loop instead of using a straight braid. I will update the parts list in the first post at some point.

Attachment 10900
The finished braid.

Attachment 10901
The "finished" product. Like I said, I may tweak one or two things, like trying to add a washer on the upper seals to try and stop all leakage, but as of now with 11 gallons I only lost maybe 2-3 ounces out the leak. Its very slow, but present, so it will be fixed.

Attachment 10902
Sanitizing before use. I just shook up some star-san in it then threw it in between my pump and CFC after filling it with hops. I also learned when using the hops to pack them in loosely and not just cram everything in.

Attachment 10903
In action! At this point the flow was a trickle through my CFC because you can see everything compacted around my braid at the bottom. This was due to 1)the ass load of hops I put in for a trial run, and 2) I put the hops in the jar first, then put the braid and lid on which compacted everything below the braid. I stopped flow and carefully removed the lid and swung it aside just enough to stir up everything on the bottom of the jar so it was less compacted, put it all together and restarted flow. It worked well after that.


Dr_Deathweed 04-27-2009 12:28 PM

5 Attachment(s)

As promised, here are pictures:

Attachment 10899
These are the additional parts for the braid, I ended up making a loop instead of using a straight braid. I will update the parts list in the first post at some point.

Attachment 10900
The finished braid.

Attachment 10901
The "finished" product. Like I said, I may tweak one or two things, like trying to add a washer on the upper seals to try and stop all leakage, but as of now with 11 gallons I only lost maybe 2-3 ounces out the leak. Its very slow, but present, so it will be fixed.

Attachment 10902
Sanitizing before use. I just shook up some star-san in it then threw it in between my pump and CFC after filling it with hops. I also learned when using the hops to pack them in loosely and not just cram everything in.

Attachment 10903
In action! At this point the flow was a trickle through my CFC because you can see everything compacted around my braid at the bottom. This was due to 1)the ass load of hops I put in for a trial run, and 2) I put the hops in the jar first, then put the braid and lid on which compacted everything below the braid. I stopped flow and carefully removed the lid and swung it aside just enough to stir up everything on the bottom of the jar so it was less compacted, put it all together and restarted flow. It worked well after that.



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