New to the Blichmann Engineering lineup is the patented HopBlocker™ boil kettle filtration system! Over a year of brutal, but tasty field testing, our dedicated R&D team yielded a filtration system that has up to 95% efficiency on pellet hops and is virtually impervious to plugging! We have tested the HopBlocker™ with more than a pound of pellet hops in a 20 gallon batch, and it brought them to their knees. Traditional screen filters draw from the bottom of the kettle — immediately sucking all pellet hops and fine break material into the screen, where they plug. In Blichmann Engineering's HopBlocker™, preferential flow leaves settled fine break material (hops and trub) undisturbed at the bottom of the kettle while draining the majority of the wort through a coarse filter from the top down. When the wort level is just a couple of inches from the bottom of the kettle, the fine filter element is then exposed by lifting the shield, and the remainder of the wort is filtered. It's an intuitive design that allows the fine filter to work only on a small portion of the wort, not all of it. The HopBlocker™ will filter up to 95% of the break material and hops from your wort without plugging. While it is designed specifically to complement Blichmann Engineering's BoilerMaker™ brew kettles, the HopBlocker™can be installed in any manufacturer's kettle or keg.
NOTE: The HopBlocker is designed for use with pellet hops only. Whole/loose hops can plug the unit. While using whole hops, or a mix of whole and pellet hops, you must bag your whole hops in a large muslin grain bag. This will not affect the utilization rate and will result in significantly less wort loss. See the manufacturers website for installation advise and instructions.
Check out the Blichmann HopBlocker™ manual here!