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Old 01-16-2009, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Home made Hop Stopper - hop taco etc

Reading many hop stopping threads here, and seeing the official "hop stopper" The Hop Stopper I was intrigued about using one, but I did not have the $60 to spend on it. I read Bobby M's website Equipment about using a 60x40 mesh screen, and that he bought 30x30 but had not tried it. I bought some 30x30 screen and pulled some wire from the sides, used a pot lid to trace the circle and threaded it around. You want some really good needle nose pliers to get the threading tight. The 30x30 mesh is a lot stiffer then I thought it would be. It looks to be slightly looser than a hop sock, but the socks expand so I don't know what the equivalent would be. Anyway, here is what it looks like but I don't plan to brew for a few weeks. My kegerator died and I have too much beer already brewed/kegged for my storage at the moment (soon to be fixed)





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Old 01-16-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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Wow, looks really good. The only thing I would caution you on is where your siphon tube hits the mesh. You should cut a few 1/8" deep slots in the bottom of the tube in case suction pulled the mesh over the entire opening. You'll get a ton of break/hop sludge collecting right there and effectively choking off the rest of the surface area. Slotting up the side (or drilling a few 1/8" holes near the end) will provide an alternate wort path to keep drawing from the rest of the mesh. Nice sewing job. You've inspired me to put this project on the top of my list.



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Old 01-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #3
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Once I worked 1/2 way around the circle, my stitching had really improved. I started to consider redoing the beginning part but I figure who's gonna get that close to my workmanship anyways. Maybe I could stick a copper tee on the end of the tube, not that it would fit through the hole in the mesh normally but if I cut the sides down flush?

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Old 01-16-2009, 02:04 PM   #4
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The only thing I would caution you on is where your siphon tube hits the mesh.
I have the hopstopper and found this issue to. I got around it by adding a copper tee fitting to the bottom of the pickup tube. Works much better for me now.
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I also put a copper tee on, based on Ryan_PA's suggestion, it works great. If you're using an immersion chiller, cross your fingers. And toes.

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Well, an easy way is to slot the end of the tube. I'd cut into the end with a hacksaw or dremel like I was cutting a pizza. Slot it enough so that you think you'll get good flow even if you were to put your thumb over the end of the tube. Kind like this:

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I do use an immersion chiller. Perhaps I will clog this up. we shall see, I guess. Good idea with the slots, maybe I can cut it like a rook

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Is that screen material SS? If so where did you get it? I'd love to have one of those but I don't want to shell out the cash for the Hopstopper.

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Mcmaster.com has tons of stainless mesh in different sizes.

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