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Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™


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Unleash an explosion of flavors with the Depth Charge™ Stainless Steel Infuser (Patent Pending) for Big Mouth Bubbler®. Easy to clean and sanitize, the stainless steel mesh delivers a blast of dry hops, fruit, oak chips, or spices directly into your beer or wine while minimizing the mess. Easily control flavorings to maximize their punch, without the risk of over-extraction.

Drop the Depth Charge™ into your next batch.

Note: Big Mouth Bubbler® fermenter is not included.

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Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™

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  • Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™
  • Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™
  • Hops, Fruit, Spices, and Oak can easily be added
  • Control and Extract with Minimal Mess and Without Over-Extraction.
  • Universal Lid Design fits Both Plastic and Glass Versions of the Big Mouth Bubbler®
  • Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™


Product Details
The Depth Charge is a great addition to the Big Mouth Bubbler® arsenal. And it's designed for both plastic and glass.

The unique design allows the mesh basket to be removed at any time, perfect for creating a custom flavor schedule and the removal of nearly all trub material before racking. Never worry about floating specks in your bottles or clogged keg dip tubes ever again. A custom punch-down tool enables regular agitation of the flavorings and helps squeeze every tasty drop from the infuser, without disturbing the rest of the batch. Less wasted beer and wine. More flavor and experimentation. Any infusion you can think of.

Drop the Depth Charge™ into your next batch.

  • Lid Port: 3.46"
  • Screen Dimensions: 3.875" OD, 14.5" H
  • 300 Micron mesh
  • 316 Stainless Steel
Patent Pending

*Please note: The Depth Charge is compatible with Big Mouth Bubbler® Plastic, EVO2 Glass Big Mouth Bubbler®, and the first generation 6.5 Gallon Glass Big Mouth Bubbler®. It is not compatible with the first generation 5 Gallon Glass Big Mouth Bubbler®.
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4.7 / 5.0
33 Reviews
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Works Better than Advertised
I have used this for a month so far for dry hopping and found it worked well as advertised. It keeps the hop mess out of the beer and hop infusion in the beer is excellent too. This alone improved the beer clarity and taste plus keeps the mess out of the kegs.

But I have also used this for wort filtering during transfer from the brew kettle to the fermenter. Just set the lid and screen in place on the fermenter and pour the wort down center of the lid opening. This results in very clear wort and transfers every last drop. I have noticed the Original Gravity is higher too. Also when you're done, you can dump the drained trub in the garden (or trash can) rather than running it down the drain.
February 12, 2017
9 months ago
Best dry hop tool available
I have tried many things and find this easiest for dry hoping and fruit infusion
January 27, 2017
9 months ago
Worked as expected
In the past I tossed my hop pellets in a nylon bag which worked, but I never felt like it was ideal. I'm always worried about sanitizing those bags and if there's any crud left in the seams that's going to ruin my beer. Picked up a depth charge, sanitized in a water pitcher and installed on my big mouth fermenter when it came time to dry hop. I didn't move to a secondary, I simple left it in primary and replaced the lid with the depth charge. easy to add hop pellets and the included ram rod helps to get them down into the beer. This unit was also very easy to clean once finished, I highly recommend for adding items to your fermenter
March 22, 2017
8 months ago
Cat's Meow
Great for dry hopping, additions or as a trub screen when siphoning from your kettle to the fermenter. Couldn't be happier.
February 25, 2017
8 months ago
Cherry additions in hard cider.
I used the depth charge with tart cherries in the primary for hard cider and everything went Awesome! I can't wait to dose an IPA with hops using this.
February 26, 2017
9 months ago
The Depth Charge is "Da Bomb"
Yes, pun intended. Where has this piece of equipment been all my brewing life. I recently used mine to infuse an American wheat with fresh pineapple. Great taste difference over canned juice especially with being able to agitate the pineapple every 2 days within the depth charge for the 2 weeks I had it in secondary and without contaminating the batch. Great addition to the Big Mouth Bubbler
February 26, 2017
8 months ago
Idiot proof
A no-brainer. This well-designed implement was easy to use and yielded excellent results for dry-hopping. Stop reading this review and order it today!
February 28, 2017
9 months ago
Keeps beer clear of floating hops when transferring to the keg
I now can dry hop without having to pick hop flakes out of my teeth while drinking my kegged homebrew. Although, I never really minded it!
February 7, 2017
9 months ago
Great for what I was making, worked really well for my wine for my wedding.
February 6, 2017
9 months ago
Love it!
Used this for the first time to dry hop my Conundrum Session IPA. It may be pricey, but it is completely worth it after only one use. Much better than using a muslin bag to dry hop with, and still beer clear. Will be using this for hop additions during the boil too, as suggested in the paperwork. Bye bye trub!
March 12, 2017
8 months ago
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Does this fit in the 5 gallon siphonless Big Mouth Bubbler?
Gregory H on Dec 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Make sure you have the second generation 5 gal Big Mouth Bubbler. Also, measure the height from inside lid to bottom. Dimensions of Depth Charge are:

Lid Port: 3.46"
Screen Dimensions: 3.875" OD, 14.5" H
Could you give the dimensions of the screen? Height X Diameter & Microns of mesh.
A shopper on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: From the description:
Lid Port: 3.46"
Screen Dimensions: 3.875" OD, 14.5" H
300 Micron mesh
316 Stainless Steel
How will this do with pellet hops?
A shopper on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A negligible amount of hop material may get through. Pellet hops are easier to stir or agitate with the plunger.
Is there a 1 gallon version?
A shopper on Dec 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is not a one gallon version available at this time.
Will this fit the Glass Big Mouth Bubbler?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Item description says it fits both plastic and glass big mouth bubblers..
How does this fair with pellet hops?
A shopper on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It works well. I just completed an IPA with a 2oz dryhop bill, using the Depth Charge. Follow the instructions on pushing the hops down after a few hours. After the 1 week called for the pellets has, as expected, broken down, with a hop "mush" in the bottom of the Depth Charge. I found that the beer was much clearer than using muslin bags. Very happy with purchase.
Will this thing fit the Catalyst fermenter?
A shopper on Dec 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Depth Charge is not designed for the Catalyst, however the filter portion fits snug between the bottom of the lid, and the cone of the fermenter. You will not be able to access the filter with the lid on.
Can you guys make a video for this?
Tim L on Jan 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the request!
Would the 5 gallon Big Mouth Bubbler be to small for the depth charge? I'm afraid there won't be enough head space left and may over flow with the depth charge filled with 4 ounces of pellet hops.
A shopper on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should work. The depth charge has practically no affect on the volume and the hops will eventually sink. Make sure to keep the volume at the 5 gallon mark. I had hops in the air lock when I went past the mark. I just punched the hops down or gently swirled the carboy instead of worrying!
? Will this work with the FastFerment.
Garry M on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not, I typically only let the goods stew for about 1 week (depending on the strength. I.E I use this to infuse the sweet orange peel into a belgian or wheat)
It looks like this is shown with the plastic bubbler. Will the Depth Charge work with the 5 and 6.5 glass big mouth bubbles?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, yes it will. The overall tube length is still several inches from the bottom of the 6.5, it'd probably be tight but it should work.
Has anyone tried to use this with a fruit infusion? For example, how many pounds of raspberries could this infuser hold?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: i havent, but i could do some math to calculate the volume.. the other question that is important is how much of the depth charge would be submerged in the liquid, which depends on the size of your fermentor, 5 or 6gal.. filling it to the top would be a waste if its not all submerged. i estimate usable volume to be about 120 cu in. (11 in height and 3.75in diam) according to some website it says that 120 cu in of wild northern plains raspberries would be 2.4 lbs.. take that for what its worth.. thats what you get for asking an engineer.. ;P
Can this go in a dishwasher for cleaning?
Michael L on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's pretty tall if you stand it up, but apart from that it's steel, so it shouldn't be an issue in the dishwasher. Honestly it cleans up pretty easily by hand. I have a bunch of strawberries in mine right now, and am going to just scrub it down by hand when I pull it out in a few days.
I use the dual port lid for the airlock and temperature probe. Since the depth charge has a single port, what would be a work around? Anyway to modify to keep the dual port lid?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Without some self modification, the way this system works is the large white silicone insert acts as the seal and only has a hole for the stainless rod. Its a single sealing system, and for the purpose of hygiene, I wouldn't try to alter it. You can actually hear the hiss of the CO2 escaping (I thought it was a gas leak), and you could switch to an on the carboy temp sticker? Just my two cents.
have you fixed the sealing problems with the lids yet?
A shopper on Sep 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No we have not. Was opening the manufacturer would find a solution to THEIR problem.
How many ounces of hops (fresh) does this hold ?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Oz, I'm not sure. The hops I've grown vary greatly in size, but if you can find the dimensions (circumference and height) then I'm sure you could find the volume of material this can hold. It is a few inches wide, so to speak, and fairly long. It is bigger in real life than the pictures make it look!
Can the Depth Charge be used for wet or dry wine skins for fermenting wine?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Should work great for that!
How many ounces of pellets would fit in the depth charge and still be submerged in a 5 gallon big mouth Bubbler?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have added up to 4 oz pellets, and I would not use any more than that. I tried 2 oz of whole hops and that was really pushing it. I have found that some of hops stay above the beer until the pellets start or break up or whole hops saturate. I suggest starting with a recipe that would use 2 oz, then you can experiment from there.
Would the depth charge be appropriate to use with GenuWine crushed grape skins that come with En Primeur wine kits?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Depth Charge would work perfect for those wine skins!
Do you add the stainless steel infuser before or after fermentation?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would only add the infuser to the vessel needed for the recipe. For instance dry hopping typically occurs near the end of the process. If you're using a secondary, add the infuser to the secondary when racking from the primary to the secondary. But if you're not using a secondary and completing everything in Primary, I'd recommend adding the infuser to the primary at the beginning of fermentation that way you can drop in the hops at the appropriate time.
Can a stopper thermowell fit and be used with the depth charge?
A shopper on Jan 27, 2017
Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™
Big Mouth Bubbler® Depth Charge™
Stopper Thermowell
Stopper Thermowell
BEST ANSWER: The lid has a white silicone seal at the top with a hole that is 3/8" wide, so it can accept a standard airlock. The thermowell, once removed from the stopper, would fit there just fine, but this could only be done during a secondary after fermentation is long done or pressure could built.
Is the air lock still used with this set up ?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the airlock can be used with this lid.
How about peanut butter powder?
A shopper on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have not tested this, but feel peanut butter powder may be too fine for the 300 micron mesh, or it could completely clog the mesh.
I have a 5 gallon plastic and 6.5 gallon plastic Big Mouth Bubblers with the the screw on lid/rings. Will the 'Depth Charge' work with these?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the universal lid style will work with those.

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