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Old 03-22-2010, 07:15 PM   #11
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Wait... what is that? Is that the new screen from Blichmann? Or did you make that?
I made this


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Old 03-22-2010, 07:17 PM   #12
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I hope not, I dont like the idea of using bags with my hops
I couldn't wait for Blichmann so I did my own thing in the meantime. The bags work. This batch is in secondary now and it smells fantastic. I clearly smell a very fragrant hop aroma and it's easily noticed coming out of the airlock.


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Old 03-22-2010, 07:20 PM   #13
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+1, that's a tiny surface area for hops to be in.
They still get thoroughly soaked throughout the boil. You detractors can criticize all you want but it works. To make good use of the hops at the top of the column, I recirced boiling wort at a very slow rate into the top to improve efficiency.

I've never had a more fragrant wort. I can't wait for this to finish up so I can get to drinking.

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Old 03-22-2010, 07:22 PM   #14
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Is that a two stage filter there? It looks like a hop bag down the center, then some sort of false bottom/screen for the whole hops as they are outside of the bag.
Blichmann false bottom employed along with the hop sack holder
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:23 PM   #15
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That is very nice for a DIY. So the hop bag has a filter on top of it?
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:27 PM   #16
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First of all, thanks for the props.

No, the hop bag is the pellet hop filter. It clamps to the stainless support tube so all you do is throw the pellets in the tube and they are kept out of the boil, yet are immersed in the boil. It is not an original design as some people have been doing the same with PVC and all thread for quite some time. However, I'm not into PVC so I went with 304 stainless. Some people diss the hop bag and perhaps rightfully so based on their preferences/experiences. Personally, I'd rather keep using my hop stopper but it clogged on me three times so three strikes and you're out in my game.

So far this setup has been flawless and I've had free flowing wort out of the kettle, through my Therminator and into the carboy. The proof is in the pudding and the funnel in my last pic shows it all. That was taken after I ran 5.5 gallons of wort into my carboy after boiling with over 10 ounces of pellet hops and 9 ounces of leaf hops. Some seem concerned that hop utilization may be suffering and perhaps this is the case to some degree. However, I'm definitely pleased as the aromas coming from my DIPA now are very pungent. Can't wait to try it.

John Blichmann claims to have something show stopping and I look forward to his setup when it gets shown. Hell I may even buy one. I have enough of his stuff, it's not like I'm a hater. He makes good schit.

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First of all, thanks for the props.

No, the hop bag is the pellet hop filter.......

....So far this setup has been flawless and I've had free flowing wort out of the kettle, through my Therminator and into the carboy. The proof is in the pudding and the funnel in my last pic shows it all. That was taken after I ran 5.5 gallons of wort into my carboy after boiling with over 10 ounces of pellet hops and 9 ounces of leaf hops. .
Thats where I got confused. I thought that was part of your hop bag somehow! That is pretty awesome. I have one made from PVC and strainer bag and just purchased the Therminator so I will definitely give this a try. Thanks again.
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Emailed John at Blichmann and as always he responded within the hour. I asked about any new info on the new screens and this was his reply:

Just got them today. I will make an announcement to my retailers this weekend….


Hope its worth the wait!
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:31 AM   #19
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Great. I have been waiting for the finished product for what seems like forever. Can't wait to see what it is.
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:26 PM   #20
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just received this email from john today
Just announced the HopBlocker boil kettle filtration system to my retailers. Be patient – the retailers just found out today as well so it’ll be a few days before they get up to speed on the product and begin placing orders for inventory.

We’ll be adding pics and details to our web later this week as well.

i cant wait to see this thing


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