DetailsThis exciting new device is virtually plug free and captures up to 95% of the brew kettle particulates! As usual, we took a completely fresh approach to the pellet hop problem and through a year of very tasty research we developed the HopBlocker. It capitalizes on preferential flow to direct the clear wort to the kettle drain and keep the particulates at the bottom where they belong. The HopBlocker can easily bring a pound of pellet hops to its knees. Works best in BoilerMaker pots, but can be adapted for use in other manufacturers pots and kegs too. Measures 5.625" tall by 3.75" wide at base.
- Details & Instructions
3.4 / 5.019 ReviewsMade Specifically for Blichmann KettlesThe write up says that this product can be used on non-Blichmann kettles. That's technically true, but not practical. To do so you'll have to drill a new hole in your kettle and install a Blichmann drain spout. I don't recommend buying it unless you're already set up with a Blichmann-designed system. To their credit, when I returned the HopBlocker unused, Midwest Supplies gave a full refund with no fuss.December 24, 2016Purchased
1 year agoGreat Product!I used this for the first time today, it worked much better than their old shield and screen combo. I whirlpooled like they advised, waited 15 mins and then siphoned off as normal. I didn't have it plug nor did I end up with hops or trub in my fermenter. Great Product!July 7, 2010Well Wroth ItI use this on my 15 gallon blichmann boil kettle and it works great! Leave the cover down until you get low exposing the larger holes and then pull it up to only expose the small holes letting less of the hop particles through. _x000D__x000D_I don't know how this works on other boil kettle set ups but on the Blichmann it works fantastic.April 11, 2013Works wellI've used the hop blocker a number of times and it has worked well. I'm making 15 gallon batches and using it with a home made dip tube on a non Blichmann kettle. It works well if you follow the directions: do the whirlpool without hitting it with your spoon, and then wait 15 minutes for the hops to settle. Then close your valve half way when you get to the fine screen. So far I've only used it with pellet hops. Batches with a lot of hops will leave more wort behind if not careful; so make sure to drain slowly as wort level gets closer to the bottom to minimize this. Also make sure you can remove it from your kettle for cleaning between batches. I'm happy with it.June 11, 2011Great productThis hop blocker works great when you whirlpool your wort. Whirlpool, wait 10-15 minutes and then drain. You'll have no hops or cold break in your fermenter.January 6, 2013FinickyPRO:_x000D_Using this I get better hops utilization than a hops bag._x000D__x000D_CON:_x000D_It requires a bit more work and care that I'd like._x000D_Make sure you whirlpool and don't tilt it or bump it, andFebruary 14, 2013Not Necessary / Better and Cheaper Alternatives Available.Well, I followed the print and video instructions (by John Blichmann himself) exactly. At the end of the day, I was not that impressed with the HopBlocker. You are better off building your own hop spider.March 26, 2013Keeps the pellets out of the wortIn a 20 gallon Brew pot, this works well. At flame out I whirlpool to concentrate any residue in the center. I keep the cover down until I'm ready to drain, then I raise the cover and drain. I get clear wort and good utilization. But it's not perfect, and you can easily get hops particles in your fermentor, so I'd like to see it improved.April 21, 2013There's got to be a btter wayIf I didn't already own it, I'd make a hops spider instead. Its much easier to use than the hops blocker. I like gadgets and wanted to try out the ho blocker, but it doesn't live up to the other wise fine Blichmann reputation. Its well made, just kind of awkward.November 1, 2013Be carefulMaking a good whirlpool and not knocking it over will give good results. If you bump it you can get hops in your wort, so it's a little risky. Maybe it works better in a boiler maker.February 5, 2014
- Customer Q&A
Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 1 answerDoes the outer sleeve adjust up and down? I generally make smaller batches in non-Blichmann kettle. Is there an alternative for 1 to 3 gallon batches? Thank you.BEST ANSWER: The outer sleeve adjusts up or down to cover the larger or smaller holes for faster draining vs finer filtering. There is not a similar alternative for smaller batches that I am aware of.
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