• Blichmann Hoprocket
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Item #: L56
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The HopRocket is primarily a hopback, for infusing freshly boiled hot wort with hop flavor, but it can also be used as a hop infuser (sometimes known as a randall) for draft beer. It is a stainless filter cartridge with perforated stainless reusable filter disks, designed to hold up to 5 ounces of whole hops (not pellets). Hot wort or draft beer is piped from the bottom to the top, infusing it with hop flavor as it passes. 

 It is probably best used as a hop back, infusing hop flavor into freshly boiled hot wort. To do this, attach a thermplastic hose from your brew pot to the ½" male NPT bottom inlet of the HopRocket, and another thermoplastic hose to the ½" male NPT outlet on top (you will need to order two R79 adapters to make your HopRocket NPT fittings into ½" hose barbs). If you use a Wort Transfer Pump, install it between the pot and the HopRocket. After hot wort passes through the top of the HopRocket, feed it to a Heat Exchanger  before going into the fermenter. This can be done with gravity or a pump. 14" tall.

 

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by Paul
on 12/11/2014
from Napa
Blichman hop rocket
Works as advertised and very well. It does use up about a quart of wort so plan ahead. The only complaint I have has to do with the 1/8" stud that is tack welded to the inside of the bottom cone. The first time I went to assemble it, With a batch of beer on the boil, the stud snapped off. The instructions were very clear that damage from over tightening would not be covered by the warrantee. I really feel that it should have been able to handle the very small amount of torque I applied to the wing nut. I ended up drilling a 1/4" hole in the center of the cone and the screen and attached it with a stainless bolt & wing nut plus a  rubber o-ring that I happened to have. Sealed up fine, no leaks after 5 batches. It's not quite a steep and not quite a dry hop. It imparts a very unique and pleasant hop character. Filters great as well. the more hops you put in it, the better it filters  
by Justin
on 4/12/2013
from Milwaukee
Not bad, but not sure's it's worth the price.
I've used my Hop Rocket several times so far and I just can't tell the difference between it and a 20 min aroma steep using pellets. 

After figuring out that I can't keep everything open full throttle, I experienced a lot less clogs and it actually started filtering the wort for me.

It sucks up a lot of additional wort, so make sure you account for it in your recipe. 

If you're looking for a Blichmann product, make sure you have a beergun first, then maybe consider this.
by Brian
on 11/18/2012
from Oakham
DO NOT try to use it as an infuser
Work ok as a hopback, but DO NOT try to use it as a hop infuser. You will end up with over-foamed, cloudy beer with little difference in hop aroma. Furthermore the connections available from Blichman are all the wrong size, at least for me, for beer dispensing. I keep all my draft tubing thin (1/4" id) to minimize line volume; yet they only sell connectors of 3/8" or 1/2" size, which necessitates retubing your whole draft system if you want this to be an easy connection. Meanwhile, hot wort tubing is often 3/8 or 1/2, so its fine for that.

Bottom line is- if you were thinking of using it as a hop infuser for your draft beer, look elsewhere. Like most Blichman products, this one is both over-desinged and under-engineered.
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