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Old 04-22-2014, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Prototype Previews: Hopback and Heat Stick

Hey, check these upcoming products out!

Here's a mini hopback designed to hold exactly one ounce of leaf hops. It has integrated camlocks just like our RIMS units. It can be set on a flat surface or mounted to your brewstand as shown in the pic.




Here's a purpose-made heatstick with minimalist parts. Yes, we've all seen the units built with drain pipe but I'm sorry I don't roll like that. We start with a 2" sanitary flange and weld a block off plate on the back (along with an internal sturdy grounding lug). A vertical tubing for electrical connection and handling is welded to the top of the canister. The element is installed into a 2" TC cap threaded to 1" NPS and that clamps on to the enclosure with a silicone gasket in place. At first release it will be a hardware only solution, you add your element and cord. We're still working on ways to clip it to your kettle and how to integrate an RTD or thermocouple right into the unit so it moves with the stick from vessel to vessel.




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Bobby that hop back looks great. How much will it cost?


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I don't have a full breakdown of my costs on them yet, but ballpark $80 or so. We still have a lot of testing to do so modifications required may move the price around a little.

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Love both the additions!

Dang it, where was that heatstick design like 2 months ago! I like the idea of the heat stick, but never liked the "homemade"-ness of the DIY solutions. I like that all stainless/TC version a LOT better!

Will the neck length be user definable for deep pots?

Bobby, with all your toys you're rapidly approaching the "shut up and take my money" portion of my brain.

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The prototypes have at least 24" of vertical clearance for around a pretty tall pot or a converted keg. I thought hard about making it adjustable but I'm able to specify a much more robust tube if I have the manufacturer do the bending.

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Perfect.

Dang it, seriously - where was this like 2 months ago. Looks great, Bobby. With an RTD option on the side it'd be perfect.

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Hopback looks really nice. Hopefully its available soon, looking to order a bunch of camlocks from you in the near future.

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I'd buy one!

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I would be curious on how well your hop back can double as a filter; filled with rice hulls instead of hops.

It would also be neat if you had some options.
I would like the female camlock on top and the option to move the outlet 180degrees from the inlet so I can hang it off the BK.

Looking forward to seeing these in production.

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Any ideas on how much the heat stick skeleton will cost?

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