DetailsThe 3 inch Stainless Steel Hop Ball holds about 1 oz. of hops securely without releasing debris into your wort. You can use it to dry hop in your keg, or for hop additions in the boil. The hop ball will not fit in carboys or Better Bottles.
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3.8 / 5.074 Reviewsbetter using less hops per ballPros: Contains the hops very well. Use 2 or more if you need more hops. less hops poured into the fermenter._x000D__x000D_Cons: if you put in 1 oz of pellet hops they expand and fill the ball. I would think this cuts down on the hop utilization._x000D__x000D_ Next time I will only use 1/2 oz per ball.February 26, 2013Opened during boilThought I'd give one of these a try, but it didn't really work out. The hops expand too much inside the ball and I think that is what caused it to open up during the boil. It looks nice, but it's not big enough. I'd stick with the typical bags.September 17, 2013Not impressedI purchased the hop ball almost a year ago and only used it one time. Most of the brews I do call for 2-4oz of hops during the boil and the hop ball just seems to make too much work (taking it out, cleaning it, filling it, x 4 times). I agree with some of the other reviews that I am not sure the ball allows for the full impact of the hops on your brew. I think I am going to stick with dumping the hops into the brew and just use a strainer when I pour from my boil pot into my primary fermentation bucket. _x000D__x000D_I think if you were doing a brew that only called for 1oz of hops then the hop ball would be alright... I just find it to be a little tedious to clean/re-use.October 30, 2012not with pelletsI'm sure it works great with plugs, leaves or whole hops...but for pellets, forget it! Bring your hop ball out of the boil...and it's empty I had to do the usual cyclone move in order to remove all of my boiled material anyway. I could have spent my money on something else.March 4, 2013Wouldn't buy againI bought two of these and i used them once, I don't think I will again... Or at least not for hops. Like everyone said, they are too small for an ounce, it compacts them and you make a hops tennis ball.December 23, 2012Buy the nylon bagsI would not recommend this product if you are wanting to boil 1+ ounces. The hops will expand too much for it. I have had one instance of this opening during the boil and releasing all of the hops.April 15, 2013Not for hopsVery disappointed. It looked like a good idea, but 1oz pellet hops expanded to fill the ball completely with a solid "cake" of hops that surely lessened the bittering effect. Probably works well for spices, or tea, which it was manufactured for.June 9, 2012Don't do it...... Too small by half. I bought this for containing hops with my last brew. The hops swell up so much that the boil can't circulate through the ball. Just opened the first bottle from that brew yesterday. Undrinkable. It is obvious that the bittering and flavoring hops just didn't do their jobs. Going to have to open two cases and pour it down the drain. Don't say you weren't warned.July 16, 2012WorthlessThis would be useful if it were larger, but the hops expand so much that it didnt work. I had to open it. Anything more than an ounce or so is to much for this. I have been using the rinsed out grain bag lately with success.October 26, 2009Not recommendedAs so many others have stated, this is not an ideal tool for boiling hops. I wish I would have read the reviews before making the purchase because it (or I, depending on how you look at it) ruined an entire batch of beer. I realized, too late, that it could not handle the amount of hops I had put in it, which wasn't very much, and therefore have an overly sweet and unbalanced beer that is disturbing to the palate. The "Hop Ball" is likely superb for other applications, but not for boiling hops as I had been led to believe.February 10, 2011
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