Blichmann HopBlocker

$59.99

SKU# 77007

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This innovative item from Blichmann Engineering is able to filter out 90-95% of pellet hops without getting clogged or stuck! Reduce the debris entering your pump and plate chiller while getting clearer wort in the fermentor.
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Blichmann HopBlocker

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This innovative item from Blichmann Engineering is able to filter out 90-95% of pellet hops without getting clogged or stuck! The HopBlocker features two stages of filtration, the first a coarse filter that draws liquid from above the level of the hop sediment, and the second a fine filter for the thick liquid at the bottom of the kettle. Simply whirlpool your wort, drain until you get close to the bottom, and then pull up the screen using a hook to engage the fine filter. User needs to supply a hook to pull up the screen and a mash paddle or similar object to hold the Hopblocker down with while doing so.

Made for use with the Blichmann Boilermaker kettles, those who have other brands of kettles will have to supply a 90 degree angle dip tube on a compression fitting. Works best on flat bottomed kettles. Measures 5.625" tall by 3.75" wide at base.
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3.2 / 5.0
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HereÕs how IÕve had success with this product.
1. I always disassemble and clean my BoilerMakers after use. So, I can install the Hop Blocker in my sleep.2. When IÕm using pellet hops I still use hop socks so never had a problem there. Probably overkill with the HB. 3. Just be mindful when fishing out the socks at the end to not snag the HB. 4. Whole, free hops is where it comes in handy for me. To work the action as the wort drains, I use a mash paddle to gently hold down the main part. And a racking cane to slowly lift and remove the sliding part. The sliding action seems to help reduce any clogging when a lot of hops are involved.5. Problem with immersion chiller? I guess IÕm glad I had bought the Therminator long before I got the Hop Blocker!
November 10, 2010
Works like a charm. Blichmann did a nice job with this product
I was pleased with results. Seemed to keep almost all the wort junk free.
May 16, 2010
Worked on a HOP BOMB of a beer!
I was skeptical at first of the hopblocker and I kept with the boil screen and whole hops for some time. I thought I would put this device to the absolute test. I brewed a ten gallon batch with over one and a half POUNDS of hop pellets in a 20 gallon boilermaker. It worked wonderfully. I have a system similar to a "brutus 10" with pumps and therminator, and nothing clogged. I did 3 things to make sure that such a massive amount of hops did not put a damper on my brew day. 1) whirlpool in kettle (2) used hop bags for my additions and (3) went relatively slow. Do some or all of these things and you will be fine for even the biggest of beers with pellets.
November 14, 2010
Works Great
Works great for me on my 10gallon BoilerMaker. I don't see how this wouldn't work with whole hops as the below comment mentions. I'd like to know how the whole hops got into the cylinder when so little pellet hops get into it.If you do a lot of whole-hop batches, go with the kettle screen.I like to back this up with a hop sack on the end of my drain tube as it goes into my carboy. This catches the remaining 5% of pellet hops. Finally a pellet hop solution that works great.
July 10, 2010
In Addition To My Below Review
In addition to my below review, I'd also like to respond to Travis' comment that he can't fit an immersian chiller in his pot anymore. Yes, it is true that this item on the bottom of your kettle keeps you from putting in a chiller fully. To help with this, I no longer use the Brewmometer. Instead I have a digital Johnson controller w/ the probe in a stainless thermowell. That goes into the beer during the boil and mash. It reads the temp while I'm cooling. I use that and a Hannah CheckTemp when mashing.Removing the brewmometer makes it so I can put the chiller almost completely in the pot. I still put it on an angle so that one side is hitting the bottom and the other side is on top of the HopBlocker. Not ideal, but my whirpool chiller and pre-chiller still gets the wort below 140 in about a minute. Also, if you're using pellet hops, don't use the kettlescreen. It clogs up almost immediately. The HopBlocker is what you want for pellet hops and whole hops. I would only recommend the kettlescreen if you're 100% positive that you'll never use pellet hops or that you'll use a hop sack w/ pellet hops.
August 7, 2010
Here?•s how I?•ve had success with this product.
1. I always disassemble and clean my BoilerMakers after use. So, I can install the Hop Blocker in my sleep.2. When I?•m using pellet hops I still use hop socks so never had a problem there. Probably overkill with the HB. 3. Just be mindful when fishing out the socks at the end to not snag the HB. 4. Whole, free hops is where it comes in handy for me. To work the action as the wort drains, I use a mash paddle to gently hold down the main part. And a racking cane to slowly lift and remove the sliding part. The sliding action seems to help reduce any clogging when a lot of hops are involved.5. Problem with immersion chiller? I guess I?•m glad I had bought the Therminator long before I got the Hop Blocker!
November 10, 2010
I'm buying it for the concept
I've read the reviews in this forum. I triple bag pellet hops in the nylon filter bags and wouldn't even trust whole hops unbagged. I think that if you don't double or triple bag your hops in the boil, you are just asking for trouble in regards to hops plugging up the system when pumping the wort through your chiller. The reason I am buying this is for the extra filtration concept. Sometimes I've seen sediment produced in the boil that I cannot explain or control. It is these situations that I'm counting on this new product to help filter out sediment that I don't want getting into the Therminator.
January 22, 2011
4 out of 5- Glad I bought it.
I used my Hop Blocker for the fourth time last night, Ive been relatively pleased. My only complaint being that 2 of the 4 times Ive used it there seems to have been 1/2 to 3/4 of a gallon of wort left in the kettle. That may however be due to other equipment slowing things down or operator error. Ill have to do some experimenting to identify the cause. I think it'd work better with a pump. I had originally read some of the negative reviews and refrained from buying it for awhile, and although its my least fav Blichmann product I own I'm glad a bought it and it has been an effective filter for me.
July 17, 2013
A couple things to remember to avoid problems
It worked good for me. Didn't block all hops but then I've been using pellet hops up to this point and they seem to sneak by anything sometimes. Because I have a Duda Diesel wort chiller, I only turn the valve on my Boiler Maker about 1/4 turn for slow flow into the DD wort chiller which allows optimum cooling. Anyways.....If the valve on your brew kettle is open 100% with the hop blocker, I would fully expect for poor results. Don't open your valve 100% if you want good results!!! And of course, whirlpool is a must. Happy hop blocking!!!
January 11, 2011
Good not Great
So this works great to reduce the hops and trub, but I still have issues with it. I have no issues until I start to reach the bottom and move the screen, then the trub messes with the amount of pressure so you have to adjust the valve to keep the liquid moving. If you the liquid come out too fast then the liquid in the blocker will run out before the kettle is drained and you're f'd. Normally I end with about 1 to 1/2 gallon left. Currently that's enough for my mesh basket to handle so it's worth it.
October 6, 2014
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I thinking of moving from a 10 gal. Boilermaker with immersion chiller and hop spider to a 15 gal. Boilermaker with same immersion chiller and hop stopper. I will have 5.5" from the inside wall of the pot to the chiller coil. Is this enough room for the hop blocker and screen lift handle? Maybe the lift handle be oriented to the left or right instead of toward the center of the pot?

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Mike on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have a 15 gal boilermaker with a hopblocker. I just measured the inside of mine and if the handle of the hopblocker is spun about 90 degrees so that it is not facing the center of the kettle, it measures almost exactly 5 1/2", maybe a hair more. So it may be a little tight for you to get that immersion chiller in there. Hope that helps!
will this work with the dip tube on the 15g Edmental kettle?
V A on Dec 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Blichmann HopBlocker is not compatible with the dip tube on Edelmetall or Megapot kettles.

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