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Old 11-30-2009, 05:30 PM   #1
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I was so excited to use my Hop Stopper for the first time. I was really looking forward to getting full utilization out of my hops this time around. Could I really abandon my hop bags forever? Answer: NO. Despite what the ad and 24oz test says, my 1/2" SS Ball valve clogged with hop matter about 70% of the way through, and only with 5oz of hops! I had to sanitize my hands, remove the stopper and unclog the valve. Just thought I should let everyone know.

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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Same problem when I did the homemade version of the hop stopper. I used an IC and also had a ton of cold break which contributed to the fail. Did you chill in the kettle as well?

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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Yes. MoreBeer SuperChiller dropped in the keggle. Completely stopped flow... I expected a lot more from this product. Not trying to bash, but I am just being honest. I'm sure the trub also contributed, but I had higher expectations.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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The instructions that came with mine said not to recirculate or use an IC because the cold break would clog it.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #5
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I don't recirculate. Just transfer straight to Carboy.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:02 PM   #6
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I have used one for years with more than 5ozs on some occasions, never clogged. I am not sure if he changed his materials or what, but I have been very impressed with mine.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:03 PM   #7
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wow. really interesting. I wish the makers would chime in with possible reasons. I have the ALL stainless model too...

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:20 PM   #8
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Ryan, chilling in the kettle or externally? I really think pellet hops + cold break will stop any filter. It creates cement. Maybe a combo of leaf hops and pellet would help.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #9
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I used to chill externally, but for a while I was recircing. I did have a hop sock on the return of the chilled return line though to catch the break. In all honesty though, I have since shelved the hopstopper and just use the copper scrubbie since it is cheap and easier to clean.

 
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:30 PM   #10
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Chilling in-kettle is the issue for sure. I have done 10 gallon batches with 9+ oz of hops using my homemade one (Bobby_m style) with no issues whatsoever. Flowed like there weren't even any solids in the kettle right until the end, despite the thing being covered in over a half inch of hop material. Through the plate chiller, pump, and into the fermenter it flows like water from a faucet!




 
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