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rivetcatcher



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PostLink    Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Hey Kal,

I think I will purchase one of these. Quick question, my current setup has a 1/2” dip tube which is approximately 20 to 25 cm long in a 50cm diameter flat bottom boil kettle. Should the length of the dip tube remain the same so it is central? This would mean the hop stopper would be off centre... or.... should I trim the dip tube so that the hop stopper is lined up with the centre of the kettle?

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rivetcatcher wrote:
I think I will purchase one of these. Quick question, my current setup has a 1/2” dip tube which is approximately 20 to 25 cm long in a 50cm diameter flat bottom boil kettle. Should the length of the dip tube remain the same so it is central? This would mean the hop stopper would be off centre... or.... should I trim the dip tube so that the hop stopper is lined up with the centre of the kettle?

Hi!
Where the Hop Stopper is positioned in your kettle doesn't matter. Mine's near the valve since that's where the dip tube ends:



Cheers!

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:02 pm    Post subject: Side dip tube Reply with quote

Unfortunately my dip tube is to the side because of the location of my bottom drain anyway of installing a hop stopper?


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PostLink    Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dennis Collins here from Innovative Homebrew Solutions, manufacturer of the Hop Stopper. It might be possible to trim off your dip tube so that it can sit vertically. What is the vertical height of the outlet port above the bottom of the kettle? Also, I see a heating element in the photo, what is the clearance under the lowest part of the element?
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PostLink    Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The heating element is approximately 2 3/8 off the bottom of the kettle , the dip tube measures approximately 7/8” of the bottom of the kettle hopefully that helps
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hop Stopper only needs about 2" of clearance so it should slide under the heating element without a problem. I'm looking for the distance from the center of the bulkhead port to the bottom of the kettle (you can see instructions on how to measure this on the Hop Stopper order page. If the port is 7/8" off the bottom, you will be trimming your dip tube extremely short. It would probably be easier if I made a dip tube for you as long as we have the correct vertical dimension.

Is your dip tube permanently crimped to the ferrules in the compression fitting? If not, the tubes can be swapped out directly. If it is crimped to the ferrules, I can supply some replacement ferrules so that you could still swap out the dip tubes whenever you wanted.

E-mail me at HopStopper@TheElectricBrewery.com and we can discuss greater detail and pricing offline.

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PostLink    Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:

We now have a version of the Hop Stopper 2.0 available for SS Brewtech kettles (non-BME versions) where we include a dip tube for you. No need to modify your own or send it in.

For complete details see our order page: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/hop-stopper

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have received and installed my new hop stopper 2.0, very easy to put in using the old dip tube from the 1st hop stopper. I gave it a test run using water and it worked fine..... today I will put it through its first brew day as I make Hop Candy Jr for the 2nd time.

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PostLink    Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck and enjoy!

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kal,

Do you have any pictures of the HopStopper 2.0 installed in a Keggle? I'm trying to make sure it's diptube will clear my element before ordering one.

Or if no pic, does it locate just like the picture for measuring depth on the ordering page?

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No pics - sorry!

Correct about the measuring.

Email HopStopper@TheElectricBrewery.com with your complete setup details and the manufacturer will be able to confirm for you. Cheers!

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went out and took my MLT diptube and it clears the element, so I went ahead and got the 5/8 diptube version. I have a big IPA up soon in the rotation so it'll get a good workout.
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to fulfilling your order and hearing about how you like it! Thanks for the order!

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kal,

I’m thinking about purchasing the hop stopper 2.0. Here is my problem:

I have a Blichmann hop stopper now and have found that it doesn’t filter the hop matter/hot/cold break well enough. My beers end up tasting alike with a vegetal off flavor. I started using Gordon strong technique of wort clarification - after cooling the wort you let it sit for a few hours and then rack off into a fermenter only the clearest wort - it produces what I call “buyable beer” commercial level beer. However this technique adds a few hours to my brew day and most often leaves behind 1.5 gal of wort.

Do you have to filter again after chilling? In other words does the cold break end up in you fermenter? Is the hop stopper 2.0 good enough of a filter where the cold break doesn’t matter?
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PostLink    Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum!
Ajolupop wrote:
However this technique adds a few hours to my brew day and most often leaves behind 1.5 gal of wort.

That's a long wait! Not to mention leaving 1.5 gallons behind...

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Do you have to filter again after chilling? In other words does the cold break end up in you fermenter?

You do not have to filter again. I don't usually remove cold break from the fermenter. Haven't done that in many years.

If I want to on say a very light lager, after the wort is in your fermenter you can let it it sit until the cold break falls to the bottom and then rack off to another fermenter and ferment as usual.

Years ago I tried this on some light lagers (split batch) by racking off or not racking off and the difference is hard to tell. It's pretty minor. Since I'm not the one drinking the light lagers and my guests don't notice a difference, I've pretty much stopped racking off the cold break. Wink

Another way to remove it is to chill in the boil kettle first using an immersion chiller. But then that has other downsides (in my humble opinion). See here: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/wort-chiller

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Is the hop stopper 2.0 good enough of a filter where the cold break doesn’t matter?

Yes.

If you'd like to order, see: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/collections/hop-stopper

Cheers!

Kal

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