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Old 08-08-2008, 12:40 PM   #11
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Ignore this post, I posted this when the thread was just hatzbrew's post, before this thread was merged
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:09 PM   #12
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if your just interested in hop aroma, I think adding hops at flame out or dry hopping will work just as well. My understanding is that the hop back doesn't simply add aroma / flavor but it acts as a filter bed to remove trub and other hops. I think you also need a pump to make it work, gravity feed would take forever if it works at all.

 
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:50 PM   #13
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I just finished building a hopback. I will take some pictures of it latter and post them. I want to get 2 things out of it. One is to run my 0 minutes hops through it for bitter beers as I whirlpool so the last thing the hot wort goes through are the hops. I also want to use it as a sort of grant. I have a falls bottom and also a finer mesh under the false bottom. I plan to run the wort through the hopback before going into the fermenter. I am not sure if it will work. It cost me about 25 bucks to build and most of that was the piece for the false bottom. It should make more sense when I get the pictures posted.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:02 PM   #14
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Here you go:

http://morebeer.com/search?search=hopback&=Search

Or you can make your own.

 
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:03 PM   #15
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I just finished building a hopback. I will take some pictures of it latter and post them. I want to get 2 things out of it. One is to run my 0 minutes hops through it for bitter beers as I whirlpool so the last thing the hot wort goes through are the hops. I also want to use it as a sort of grant. I have a falls bottom and also a finer mesh under the false bottom. I plan to run the wort through the hopback before going into the fermenter. I am not sure if it will work. It cost me about 25 bucks to build and most of that was the piece for the false bottom. It should make more sense when I get the pictures posted.

Mike
One of the brewclubs in town has their own made with a whole house water filter housing like this.



I think dogfish head uses something similar...They can also hook it up to a draft line and serve the beer "filtered" through a bed of hops.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:25 PM   #16
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Here's one I did a while back :






 
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:16 PM   #17
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Here's one I did a while back :
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:12 PM   #18
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Here is the pictures of my hop-back.

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Old 08-09-2008, 07:10 PM   #19
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Revvy, the highest max temp on those filter casings I can find is 120*. Do you know of one that has a higher rating?
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Revvy, the highest max temp on those filter casings I can find is 120*. Do you know of one that has a higher rating?
I know nothing about them...I'm surprised they're rated so low though,,,I always thought that hot tap water was in the 170 range...

Besides, if you are using an IC and going from kettle to fermenter, you should be well below that range anyway..Isn't that when a hopback is traditionally used, during transfer to the fermenter? If so you should hopefully be running it at near pitching temp.
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