Hop Stopperâ„¢ 2.0






 

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BLICHMANN BOILERMAKER KETTLES:

Includes a custom dip tube that simply slides right in to the kettle fitting, no tools required. You transfer over the Blichmann dip tube collar before first use (see user's manual).

Hop Stopper 2.0
for Blichmann BoilerMaker

(Kettles up to 30 gallons)

  

Our price:
$89.95 USD

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL for Blichmann BoilerMaker

(Kettles larger than 30 gallons)

  

Our price:
$104.95 USD


SS BREWTECH KETTLES (non-BME version):

Includes a custom dip tube that simply slides right in to the kettle fitting, no tools required. We supply a custom dip tube (no need to modify your existing one).

Hop Stopper 2.0
for SS Brewtech (non-BME)

(Kettles up to 30 gallons)

  

Our price:
$99.95 USD

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL for SS Brewtech (non-BME)

(Kettles larger than 30 gallons)

  

Our price:
$114.95 USD


OTHER KETTLES:

If you are supplying your own dip tube, screens are available to accommodate a 1/2" or 5/8" outer-diameter dip tube. Your dip tube may need a slight modification (see user's manual). Custom dip tubes are available in 1/2" outer-diameter (please specify the vertical height of the kettle outlet port above the bottom of the kettle). If your kettle outlet port does not accept a 1/2" tube directly, order with a male or female NPT connector (opposite of whatever your kettle has).

Hop Stopper 2.0 screen only

(Kettles up to 30 gallons, you supply the dip tube)

  

Our price: $79.95 USD

Hop Stopper 2.0 with custom 1/2" OD dip tube

(Kettles up to 30 gallons)

  

Our price: $89.95 USD

Outlet port vertical height above bottom of kettle (in inches):

Hop Stopper 2.0 with custom 1/2" OD dip tube and NPT connector

(Kettles up to 30 gallons)

  

Our price: $119.95 USD

Outlet port vertical height above bottom of kettle (in inches):

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL screen only

(Kettles larger than 30 gallons, you supply the dip tube)

  

Our price: $94.95 USD

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL with custom 1/2" OD dip tube

(Kettles larger than 30 gallons)

  

Our price: $104.95 USD

Outlet port vertical height above bottom of kettle (in inches):

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL with custom 1/2" OD dip tube and NPT connector

(Kettles larger than 30 gallons)

  

Our price: $139.95 USD

Outlet port vertical height above bottom of kettle (in inches):


CONVERTED KEGS (KEGGLES):

If you are supplying your own dip tube, screens are available to accommodate a 1/2" or 5/8" outer-diameter dip tube. Your dip tube may need a slight modification (see user's manual). Custom dip tubes are available in 1/2" outer-diameter (please specify the vertical height of the kettle outlet port above the bottom of the kettle). If your kettle outlet port does not accept a 1/2" tube directly, order with a male or female NPT connector (opposite of whatever your kettle has).

Hop Stopper 2.0 for converted keg, screen only

(Kettles up to 30 gallons, you supply the dip tube)

  

Our price: $79.95 USD

Hop Stopper 2.0 for converted keg with custom 1/2" OD dip tube

(Kettles up to 30 gallons)

  

Our price: $89.95 USD

Outlet port vertical height above bottom of kettle (in inches):

Hop Stopper 2.0 for converted keg with custom 1/2" OD dip tube and NPT connector

(Kettles up to 30 gallons)

  

Our price: $119.95 USD

Outlet port vertical height above bottom of kettle (in inches):

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INTRODUCING THE BEST HOP FILTER AVAILABLE!

The Hop Stopper™ 2.0 is a completely revamped and updated design to the original stainless steel version we've been using for years to filter hops and hot break material from our Boil Kettle.

Saves time! Start draining immediately after the boil without the need for settling time or a whirlpool, to better lock in those bright late addition hop flavours.

We used the original design for more than 8 years, and now after a year of exhaustive testing (including hoppy beers like our Electric Hop Candy Jr. New England IPA) we are proud to announce that the new Hop Stopper 2.0 is the best hop filter we've ever used and better than the original in every way! Available exclusively at TheElectricBrewery.com.

 

What's new in version 2.0?

  • The inverted design puts the largest filtering area at the bottom of kettle to provide maximum filtration at the end of draining (where you need it the most). This gets rid of the most common complain we had previously: Having the slow the pump down when the filter gets exposed to air. With Hop Stopper 2.0 you no longer need to slow down the pump! Over the last year this new design has worked wonderfully with all sorts of beer types from hoppy IPAs with over a pound of hops to light lagers with only an ounce or two. We just keep the pump running at higher speed, allowing us to cool 12 gallons of wort to pitch temp in less than 15 minutes! Faster cooling means better locking in of late hop addition flavours.
  • The innovative “Hop Cone” feature provides a pocket for hops to settle while providing maximum screen area for filtration.
  • Improved performance for immersion chillers and recirculation processes. Yes, recirculation is now possible! (Refer to the user's manual for speed details).
  • Low profile design for tight spaces.
  • New push-fit dip tube interface eliminates all clamps and screws and can be used with virtually any existing dip tube.
  • Available for any kettle, including custom dip tubes and NPT male/female connectors for kettles with threaded fittings.

 

What kettles will the Hop Stopper 2.0 work with?

Custom Hop Stoppers are available for any kettle size from any manufacturer for any fitting (including 1/2" NPT male or female threads). Take a look at the right for the Hop Stopper 2.0 that is best suited for you. Questions? Email us your kettle type and size.

 

Does the Hop Stopper 2.0 work with gas and electric setups?

Yes. The Hop Stopper 2.0 will work with any kettle. How you heat (gas, electric, or steam) does not matter.

 

Does the Hop Stopper 2.0 work with gravity fed setups?

Yes. The Hop Stopper 2.0 does not require a pump to work.

 

Does the Hop Stopper 2.0 work all-grain, extract, 3-kettle, 2-kettle, BIAB?

Yes. You can brew both extract and all-grain in any type of kettle setup including BIAB (Brew in a Bag).

 

Do I still need to whirlpool?

No! That's a huge benefit of the Hop Stopper: No need to whirlpool after the boil and then allow your trub and hops to settle in a cone before draining the kettle. You can start draining immediately after the boil. This saves time and also locks in those bright late addition hop flavours instead of adding more bitterness.

 

What sizes of Hop Stopper 2.0 are available?

Two sizes are available: Standard and XL (Extra Large). The standard is 9.75" in diameter and 2" high (minus dip tube) while the XL version is 14.25" in diameter and 3" high (minus dip tube).

 

What size do I need? What is the maximum amount of hops the Hop Stopper 2.0 can handle?

We recommend:

  • Kettles up to and including 30 gallons in size: Hop Stopper 2.0
  • Kettles larger than 30 gallons in size: Hop Stopper 2.0 XL

The Hop Stopper 2.0 was designed to offer filtering performance regardless of your processes, however, things like immersion chilling and recirculation create an added workload for the screen. The standard Hop Stopper 2.0 should be able to handle any hop load for kettles up to 30 gallons. For larger kettles or situations requiring an extra amount of filtering such as boil kettle recirculating setups, the Hop Stopper 2.0 XL is recommended as the larger size provides more than double the surface filtering area.

Note: While your kettle may be able to accommodate the 14.25" diameter size of the Hop Stopper 2.0 XL, be sure to take into account other items installed in your boil kettle such as heating elements which may make it difficult to maneuver the Hop Stopper 2.0 XL into position. For example, our Blichmann 20 gallon kettle with a heating element will not accept the Hop Stopper 2.0 XL even though the overall diameter of the kettle is nearly 18" and we have enough clearance below the heating element. The issue is that there simply isn't enough room to maneuver the Hop Stopper 2.0 XL into position in most 20 gallon kettles due to the low heating element (centered 4" from the bottom). No concerns here as the standard sized Hop Stopper 2.0 provides excellent filtering for even heavily hop loaded beers in kettles up to 20-30 gallons in size. 

 

Can I replace my original Hop Stopper with the Hop Stopper 2.0?

Yes. Assuming you purchase the same size (standard or XL) the Hop Stopper 2.0 is a drop in replacement for the original Hop Stopper and will fit in your setup. No modifications required.

 

Can I re-use the dip tube from my original Hop Stopper with the Hop Stopper 2.0?

Maybe. You can reuse the dip tube on your old Hop Stopper if you trim the end to make it shorter horizontally. For example, a typical dip tube for the old BK30 model was over 6” long, but it could be cut down to about 3” and then you'd be able to order only the Hop Stopper 2.0 screen. If in doubt, order your Hop Stopper 2.0 with a new dip tube as well.

 

Can I use the dip tube from my Blichmann kettle with the Hop Stopper 2.0?

Yes, but with a modification: While the Hop Stopper 2.0 dip tube supplied for a Blichmann kettle is the same height and length as the one that Blichmann ships with their kettles, the Hop Stopper 2.0 dip tube has a special notch cut out that is critical for the proper functioning of the filter. To use your existing Blichmann dip tube, this notch will also have to be cut. See the Hop Stopper 2.0 user's manual for instructions. We recommend not altering your kettle's original dip tube in case it ever needs to be repurposed, and instead ordering our Hop Stopper 2.0 make specifically for a Blichmann kettles as the special notched dip tube is already included. 

 

Can I use the Hop Stopper 2.0 with a SS Brewtech kettle (non-BME version)?

Yes, the dip tube will require modification however. Three options are available:

  • Purchase our Hop Stopper for SS Brewtech (non-BME) above and we will include a modified dip tube. Keep your existing (unmodified) dip tube as a backup.
  • Send us your existing dip tube for modification and order the Hop Stopper 2.0 screen only. We will modify your dip tube for free and return it with your Hop Stopper order. Contact us if interested.
  • Modify your own dip tube and order the Hop Stopper 2.0 screen only. See below for modification instructions.

The kettle dip tube uses a proprietary design with O-rings and O-ring grooves to mount into the specially designed outlet port (see picture below):

The existing SS Brewtech dip tube has to be used by removing the trub dam and smoothing the surface of the tube to fit into the sealing grommet on the Hop Stopper, and then notching the end of the tube to assure wort flow at all times. The modifications are not difficult, but do require a bit of care. Refer to the video below: 

 

Can I supply my own dip tube? Can I buy just the screen?

Yes. The two sizes of Hop Stopper 2.0 screens may be purchased separately without dip tubes.

 

What does the Hop Stopper 2.0 filter? What kind of hops can I use?

The Hop Stopper 2.0 filters out any types of hops you want to throw at it including pellet hops and whole leaf (cone) hops. It also filters out hot break and other coagulates, as well as any spices or special kettle additions you may wish to use.

 

How does the Hop Stopper 2.0 compare to using strainer bags or hop spiders?

Some brewers like to put their hops in little bags or hop spiders that hang off the side of the kettle. While these solutions can filter out hops at the end of the boil, they do nothing to keep the hot break and other coagulates out your fermenter. They only filter out hops. The fabric bags that some brewers use may also not be food safe. Both may cause the hops to clump together, reducing oil extraction. To maximize hop potential, we recommend letting your hops roam free! (Same as when dry hopping).

 

How do I measure the outlet port vertical height?

For kettle types other than Blichmann, you'll need to provide the dip tube measurement height if you wish to a custom dip tube. Refer to the figure below:

Place a board or other straight and rigid object across the top of the kettle (a 2 x 4 works well). Measure from the underside of the board down to the bottom center of the kettle (Dim A). Write this number down. Now measure from the underside of the board down the outside of the kettle to the center of the outlet fitting (Dim B). Subtract B from A to get X. X is the vertical distance from the center of the fitting to the bottom center of the kettle. Although the figure above shows a converted keg, this procedure also works for flat bottomed pots as well.

 

Can I use a pump with the Hop Stopper 2.0?

In cases where a pump will be used, it is recommended to keep the flow rate below 1 GPM (gallon per minute). The reason for this is to avoid compacting trub on the surface of the screen and potentially drawing a negative pressure inside the screen cavity. A pump makes it possible to flow wort through the screen faster than it can naturally flow which can pull negative pressure inside the screen cavity and potentially collapse it. Keeping the flow rate below 1 GPM will help keep this from happening.

Due to the new design of the Hop Stopper 2.0, there should be no need to slow the pump rate to a very slow trickle as soon as the Hop Stopper 2.0 becomes exposed to air (as was the case in the original design). Keep the same rate throughout the chill.

 

I still have the original Hop Stopper! How do I use a pump?

If using the original Hop Stopper (now discontinued), the pump rate needs to be reduced to a very slow trickle as soon as the Hop Stopper becomes exposed to air. Pumping too fast allows air to enter the filter screen from the top instead of wort entering from the bottom. This results in the original Hop Stopper completely draining which in turn causes it to lose siphon. Watch for bubbles in the hose leaving the Boil Kettle as the sign that the siphon is getting ready to break. If this happens, immediately CLOSE the Wort Pump valve for approximately 10 seconds to allow wort to refill the Hop Stopper screen cavity. Then slowly OPEN the Wort Pump valve to finish draining the boil kettle at a reduced flow rate.

This issue does not occur with the Hop Stopper 2.0 due to its special design.

 

How do I clean the Hop Stopper 2.0?

A quick 30 second spray with a hose is all it takes. We then allow the Hop Stopper to air dry. See the second video here.

 

Who uses the Hop Stopper?

Brewers (both professional and hobbyists) worldwide use the Hop Stopper. This includes brewers in all 50 United States, every continent except Antarctica, and dozens of countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Senegal - West Africa, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand.

 

Hop Stopper 2.0 User's Manual

Hop Stopper 2.0 user's manual (2mb PDF)

The user's manual covers the following topics:

1. Installation
2. Using the Hop Stopper™ 2.0
3. Rinsing and Storing
4. Periodic Cleaning
5. Frequently Asked Questions
6. Troubleshooting
7. Warranty

 

Pictures

The standard sized 100% stainless steel Hop Stopper 2.0 installed in our 20 gallon Boil Kettle:

The Hop Stopper 2.0 XL next to the standard Hop Stopper 2.0:

The Hop Stopper 2.0 XL is a monster!

Dip tubes and male/female NPT connectors are optional:

The specially designed version for converted kegs (keggles) centers the Hop Stopper 2.0 over the domed bottom:

The silicone grommet provides a perfect seal around the dip tube and allows for quick and easy cleaning without tools:

No wort left behind after the Hop Stopper 2.0 quickly filters two hoppy beers (American Amber Ale and Electric Hop Candy Jr.). No need to slow the pump rate down at all near the end (less than 15 minutes to chill 12 gallons):
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Videos

Hop Stopper 2.0 sucking out every last drop of wort from the 13 oz of kettle hops after making a West Coast IPA. Absolutely no wort lost - check out the bare stainless visible underneath!

Brewing Janet's Brown Ale (12 oz of hops), and an American Amber Ale (8 oz of hops). In both cases the pump rate was not  slowed down, allowing 12 gallons to be chilled to pitch temp in less than 15 minutes.

Hop Stopper 2.0 standard used on a German Lager. No wort left behind.

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL in person

Hop Stopper 2.0 XL vs Standard sizes, easy removal without tools

 

Some historical pictures of the original Hop Stopper after successfully filtering out 23 oz of hops from one of our Imperial IPAs. The hop material is over 2" thick in spots! Expect even better (faster) filtering with the Hop Stopper 2.0.



 

Testimonials

"Just wanted to let you know I used the new hop stopper 2.0 for the first time this morning and all I can say is wow. Well worth the investment and fixes all of the problems of the first version. I am very, very impressed and won't hesitate to recommend it to my friends with similar setups!" - Justin B.

"The Hop Stopper worked beautifully! This was the end running of a NEIPA with 8oz of cryo hops in the kettle. It cleaned up perfectly within about 5 minutes too! Thanks @theelectricbrewery!!" - tmarshall826 (See Instagram pictures)

"New hop filter from #theelectricbrewery and it does exactly what they claim. Full marks to Kal and his team!" - trignz (See Instagram pictures)

"Daaaaamn, that Hop Stopper 2.0 is awesome. Ran a constant flow out of the bk, as fast as i could go, based on my cooling water temp. Hose from bk to pump drained, closed the valve, ran it for another minute cracked open, got maybe another pinit out of it. and that was it, i literally couldn't get any more volume out of the bk since there was nothing left!"
"Did a west coast ipa on sunday, 10.5 oz of hops in the kettle. Performed flawlessly."
"Used this again yesterday, 4.5 oz hops in a porter. Hop/break residue was caked/hardened to the hopstopper and the bottom of the kettle after draining and i don't mean in a bad way, more like 'all the liquid has been sucked out and there is nothing left'! I've actually reduced batch volumes by a half gallon or so because of how efficient it is at grabbing all the liquid. After kegging the first couple brews, i was all 'wtf, how come i have so much beer left over?
I used the 1.0 version for about 30 brews and i have to admit, it could be frustrating at times. The 2.0 version is almost a night and day difference, such a better design. I recently started using a conical for fermentation and bumped up my recipes by a half gallon or so to compensate for the 'lost volume' between the racking port and the conical bottom but with the Hop Stopper 2.0, I had to dial everything back to the original volumes since I am getting more wort out of the bk now compared to the 1.0.'"
- Forum user itsnotrequired

"Hop Stopper 2.0 deep in the boil kettle worked like a champ. I was a little nervous not doing a whirlpool - that meant one pass through the counterflow chiller but at 1 GPM everything worked perfect - straight to the conical. 200F to 60F with in-line O2 crystal clear." - east_millcreek_brewing (see Instagram video)

"I have used version 2.0 twice now. I was a version 1.0 user but had mixed results. I have brewed twice with hop stopper 2.0. First batch was 10 oz of whole hops in the 20g kettle. Second batch was a ~6 oz pellet hops batch. In both cases, version 2.0 worked absolutely perfectly. I could not believe how dry the pellet hops were with very little if any wort left behind. I did not slow the wort transfer down at all, and I can chill at a pretty crisp pace. Cleanup was easy. In summary, version 2.0 is absolutely a joy to use and functions perfectly for me. Great work and a no brainer purchase in my mind. UPDATE: The Hop Stopper 2.0 has continued to function admirably. On the brewing side I have a very close to Kal clone of the electric brewery — Blichmann original kettles, etc.  I originally used the hop stopper 1.0 for at least a year.  It was a mixed bag with the shortcomings being always air that would enter the pump while liquid was in the BK at or well above the indentation that supports the screen in the mash tun. I tried the blichmann hop stopper which let way too much stuff into the fermenter. I also used the original wort filter from brewersfriend. It worked great when it was before the pump, except on various hoppy beers that would fill it. Then you were in quite a pickle to resolve the situation.  A hot mess. Placing it after the pump resolved those problems but also made it apparent that it caught far less hops/trub in this configuration.  Way too much getting into the fermenter. With the original hop stopper I did significantly slow the flow rates when the wort volume was low.  I suspect that even while doing this the code shape simply did not allow enough surface area when the wort level was below the upper screen to prevent air from infiltrating.  I suspect the very wide and flat base of version 2.0 makes up for this by allowing far more access for the last 1-2 gallons of wort to enter (from which direction I am not sure).So far I have nothing but success with the 2.0 version with whole hops and pellet." - Forum user mvakoc

"Great job guys! Put our new Hop Stopper 2.0 in today on a 1.5 bbl (46.5 gal) batch. Nearly two pounds of hops and no trouble whatsoever. Cleaned off in less than a minute." - Saints Row Brewing

"I bought a Hop Stopper last week and used it last weekend to brew a Belgian Dubbel. This was the first time I did not use a hop bag for my hop additions and on top of that I used some pureed organic raisins near the end of the boil. I'm happy to report that the hop stopper left all the hops, raisin fiber and hot break in the kettle! I have an American Brown on the itinerary with whole and leaf hops and I have no doubt now the Hop Stopper will handle that with ease too. It's nice not to have to mess with those bags. Thank you for a good product and especially for your quick response time." - Harvey H.

"Did a west coast ipa on sunday, 10.5 oz of hops in the kettle. Performed flawlessly." - Forum user itsnotrequired

 

Visit the official Hop Stopper product thread in our forum.

Questions? Email us at HopStopper@TheElectricBrewery.com

 


 

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