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Title: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: majorvices on September 01, 2011, 03:08:24 pm
Has anyone tried the Hop Rocket as a Randall-type hop infuser?
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: bluesman on September 01, 2011, 03:50:29 pm
No, but I am planning to purchase one soon. I want to use it mostly as a hopback but would also like to use it as a Randall. Blichmann states that it can be used as such.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 01, 2011, 04:00:15 pm
I think one would want to get the 1/2 inch to 1/4 flare set up for doing that.  John had those at the NHC.  Here is what I am talking about on the Norther Brewer page. 
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/blichmann-quickconnector-fittings.html


Used mine as a hopback and a torpedo.  Need to try the Randall next.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: hoser on September 01, 2011, 04:01:09 pm
Why don't I let John Blichmann show you himself! ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEO75CszMcI
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: majorvices on September 01, 2011, 10:03:26 pm
Why don't I let John Blichmann show you himself! ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEO75CszMcI

Because I am on dial up at home and could never download such a thing!  ;) Does it appear to work without too much foaming? I'd rather buy one than rig one (assuming it works!)
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: richardt on September 01, 2011, 10:41:03 pm
DIY around $50
Hop rocket $125
DFH Randall $375 http://www.dogfish.com/company/tangents/randall-the-enamel-animal.htm (http://www.dogfish.com/company/tangents/randall-the-enamel-animal.htm)
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: majorvices on September 01, 2011, 10:59:15 pm
Yeah ... but I'm not buying it. My brewery is. And it's stainless.   8)

But never mind. A friend of mine is going to mail me him. I needed it for a festival this weekend. Still may look into one in the future. I agree it is pricey. But like I said .... it's stainless.   8)
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 01, 2011, 11:44:18 pm
Yeah ... but I'm not buying it. My brewery is. And it's stainless.   8)

But never mind. A friend of mine is going to mail me him. I needed it for a festival this weekend. Still may look into one in the future. I agree it is pricey. But like I said .... it's stainless.   8)

It is a thing of beauty, inside and out.  Ask your friend if he has had the high flow mod done.  I bought an early one, sent the top in for the mod.  Now it holds 3 Oz, but less chance for the hops to plug it up.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: phillamb168 on September 02, 2011, 08:50:16 am
I've got one. Love it. Also useful as an inline post-chill infuser for various things, as long as they're not any smaller than the little filter holes.

Totally worth it. I could build one DIY but it wouldn't be nearly as resilient as the hop rocket.

(It's also the only thing from Blichmann I own, because everything else they make is way too expensive/easy to find an alternative to)
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: Vin S on September 02, 2011, 12:15:56 pm
I have used as a randall and works great. Go slow let rocket fill up and sit full a couple of minutes and the flavor shines . They do foam pour into a pitcher first let settle and enjoy. Well worth it.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: Kit B on September 02, 2011, 02:36:22 pm
I'm making one, this weekend out of a stainless steel canister, screens & a couple hose barbs.
Will probably cost me about $20 total.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: morticaixavier on September 02, 2011, 02:49:21 pm
I feel like there would be something lost if you can't see the beer and the hops mixing. As I understand it the original 'randall the enamel animal' was made from one of those transparent plastic filter housings so when you filled it with hops and beer you could watch all the action.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on September 08, 2011, 02:23:35 am
Why don't I let John Blichmann show you himself! ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEO75CszMcI
Looking good.
Unlike the Morebeer that has a loose lid.
Title: Re: Hop Rocket - used as Randall
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on September 09, 2011, 06:08:58 pm
Just pick up a home in-line water filter housing and replace the filter cartridge with steel coffee screen (I’ve seen an old bazooka screen used, but its more likely to let leaf chunks through).

http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-HF-360-Sediment-Filter-Housing/dp/B000BQUPZ8/ref=pd_cp_hi_4

Its affordable AND you can see the magic happen (sorry… its not stainless).