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Old 08-12-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
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I have been considering adding a hop back to my system. I am curious as to some of the seemingly additional benefits one might get. It would seem that the hops in the unit would be a good pre-filter for a plate chiller or for recirculation while IC chilling. I get so much cold break, that I nearly always have issues draining once the break has settled in the kettle. Does anyone here use one regularly? How do you tweak your recipes for use?

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Old 08-12-2008, 05:42 PM   #2
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If you like beers like the offerings of Bear Republic, definitely work the hopback into your system. I used to use the el cheapo version that used the small glass container. IMO it produces better results than dry hopping...
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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If you like beers like the offerings of Bear Republic, definitely work the hopback into your system. I used to use the el cheapo version that used the small glass container. IMO it produces better results than dry hopping...
Thanks Soulive. I was wondering if I could reduce or eliminate DH by using one. Yes, I do like Bear Republic beers btw.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:53 PM   #4
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Thanks Soulive. I was wondering if I could reduce or eliminate DH by using one. Yes, I do like Bear Republic beers btw.
For me, it depended on the beer. I usually reduced my dry hopping, but in some cases I was able to eliminate it...
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:29 PM   #5
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I think the dry hopping still has a place when you add a hopback into your process. Some of the hop aromatics you gain from the hopback will still be lost in primary fermentation. Dryhopping in the secondary reintroduces some of these aromatics. Besides, hos hardcore is it that you could hop during the boil, post bouil on the way to the chiller, then again during the fermentation. The only next logical step is the Randell. That is hop nirvana.

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:56 PM   #6
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I think the dry hopping still has a place when you add a hopback into your process. Some of the hop aromatics you gain from the hopback will still be lost in primary fermentation. Dryhopping in the secondary reintroduces some of these aromatics. Besides, hos hardcore is it that you could hop during the boil, post bouil on the way to the chiller, then again during the fermentation. The only next logical step is the Randell. That is hop nirvana.
Our club has a Randall. Love that thing. Don't forget the Mash Hops dude!
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:58 PM   #7
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I have almost finished my hopback. I cant wait to try it. I'm going to use it on the 9-9-09 barleywine. It was very easy to make and the parts were cheap so its no big loss if I don't like it. I'm sure I will even if its just as a HB filter. A few pics for you.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:12 PM   #8
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ok just to sound like the huge noob i am, What the heck is that for?

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:20 PM   #9
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I have almost finished my hopback. I cant wait to try it. I'm going to use it on the 9-9-09 barleywine. It was very easy to make and the parts were cheap so its no big loss if I don't like it. I'm sure I will even if its just as a HB filter. A few pics for you.
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/l...1/DSCN2295.jpg
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/l...1/DSCN2296.jpg
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/l...1/DSCN2297.jpg
Beerthiry,

Did you just solder the copper right into the canister? Thats what it looks like to me. Seems incredibly simple to do. If so did you just use the same solder that you would use for normal copper pipes? If so I should have everything needed to do this already and I'll probably do it.

 
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:30 PM   #10
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ok just to sound like the huge noob i am, What the heck is that for?

John
You fill it with hops and put it between your kettle and fermenter. Wort comes in the top, goes over the hops, get yummy hoppy goodness, then out the bottom.

 
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