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The Blichmann HopRocket™ is a great tool for all hop-heads. Mainly used as a hop back, but has also been used inline in dispensing draft beer (Randal). The Hop Rocket can fit up to 3oz. of whole leaf hops to add that extra hop kick to any beer!
Pressure tight up to 40PSI!
Holds up to 3oz. of whole leaf hops
100% Stainless steel construction with silicone gaskets
No need to monitor the wort levels as it will not overflow
Fine filter with wiper seal sends very clear wort to your fermenter
Coarse filter and coned bottom inlet help prevent backup and wort channeling
Uses 1/2" NPT connections for a universal fit!
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I have been working on ways to build my own hop rocket from the many designs found on the internet. I have found that most either don't hold enough leaf hops, don't stop material or clog easily, are fragile, or leak at some point. This unit is well designed, sturdy, easy to clean (well, sort of) and it does the job nicely. I highly recommend the investment, especially if you are a hop nose freak like I am. My last recipe for an IIPA was boosted by adding Mosaic cryo hops at flame out, followed by 2 oz of leaf Mosaic right before the counterflow chiller. What a difference!
You can use this as a hop rocket (blast your wort though it at the end of the boil with a pump) or a Randle (have beer from a keg go through it when serving). The latter gives more aroma for the first 10 pints then you're into weird Hop flavor territory.
Construction is rock solid. Your technique will make the difference. Don't expect amazing Hop forward ales until you dial in your processes.
This requires careful cleanup after each use. The construction makes this simple.
A hop rocket may seem like overkill but it really works well as a filter before your Therminator plate chiller with about 3ounces of rice hulls inside.It helps prevent those unwanted clogs and enhances chilling times.
I brewed a 70 IBU IPA that I wanted to be very hop forward. I hooked up the hop rocket in hops that it would take this brew to the next level. Sadly hops were about the same. The beer was quite clear so maybe the extra filtering helped. Anyone want to buy a used hop rocket?
I have used this a few times and found it a little messy to set up and break down but it does seem to add hop aroma and I have appreciated the filtration it adds to the beer on the way through the leaf hops
I use this on all of my IPAs, and pale ales, and I've even been experimenting using it on other beers not only is it great to transfer hop flavor and aroma to your beer it also acts as a great filter before passing through your plate chiller.
I use this device for every IPA and Pale Ale I make. It really does make a huge difference.
Ideally use with a pump in a Kettle -> Pump -> Hop Rocket -> Chiller configuration. While it is easy enough to clean, it does make a little mess when disconnecting as a lot of wort remains inside after use. It also gets really hot - so let it cool before cleaning. Not that I expect any other hop back different in these areas, just important to mention.