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.
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3.5 / 5.020 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 agoGood Idea -- Short on ExecutionI bought the Hop Blocker this spring to go with a new brew kettle. Because the kettle is not a Blichmann, I had to fashion a pick-up tube to work with the Hop Blocker. My pick-up tube design required that the Hop Blocker installation was more or less permanent. _x000D__x000D_I tried this three times. The first time I had decent results. The second and third times I had left a lot of wort in the kettle -- because the Hop Blocker was plugged with hops and break materia. I was really displeased with the results._x000D__x000D_I decided that part of the problem was that I was not getting a decent whirlpool and perhaps was draining the wort before allowing the whirlpool to completely settle. I thought that I would build an immersion whirlpool chiller - in part - to address this problem. When working with the kettle to start building the chiller, I removed the Hop Blocker from my kettle only to discover that I had a lot of hop and break material on the underside of the Hop Blocker. It had been there long enough to begin to mold. Because of this latest observation, I cannot recommend this product to anyone who is not able to easily remove the Hop Blocker for cleaning. _x000D_July 9, 2010Doesn't live up to it's name.The shunting that this thing does is so drastic that during whirlpool it tilts just enough to the side to let a hop cone get in and clog the diptube on my boilermaker. Blichmann needs to send out a retrofit kit that puts a screen on the bottom of this, otherwise it's a useless product. We switched to just bagging our hops from now on as there seems to be nothing out there that works as advertised. Small screens clog up, the larger holes don't stop pellet hops and this thing just lets em pass under with the smallest tilt.January 23, 2011Great 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 as advertisedA little hard to install. But once you get it you are ready to go.January 18, 2018Purchased
7 months agoWorks 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, 2013
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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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