Trub Trapper Review

Trub Trapper

The Trub Trapper hop filter

Over the past 4 months or so I have been trying hard to find a good solution for keeping the solids and hop matter created during the boil, out of my homebrewing fermenter.  I started out using a Blichmann hop blocker, which worked fine, but I was a little disappointed with the quantity of wort that I had to leave behind in the kettle.  I then switched over to a hop spider / stainless steel hop filter which worked terrible as I was plagued with clogging issues. I then used 2 stainless steel hop filters with worked better but I still had major concerns regarding diminished hop utilization. Now I have found myself going down a new path and trying the Trub Trapper.

The reason I purchased the Trub Trapper was because on paper it looks like the perfect solution for my needs and works well with my all grain configuration.  What I like about the design of the trub trapper is that it has no top or bottom, so the hops can circulate in the kettle and I do not have to worry about reduced bitterness and aroma from stagnated hop circulation. It has a low profile so even if it gets clogged, there wont be too much of a wort loss and most importantly the trub is supposed to be caught in the trub trapper during the whirlpool so I do not transfer it to my conical fermenter.

So how does the trub trapper work in reality?

Per the description of the trub trapper, it is intended for a 10 – 15 gallon home brewing kettle and they do offer a smaller version for 5 gallon kettles.  I use a 20 gallon Blichmann home brewing kettle, but for the most part only brew 5 and 10 gallon batches, so I figured, what the hell, I will give it a shot with my setup.  My initial concern once I received the trub trapper was that it might be too small for my brewing setup but I figured I would give it a test run anyhow.

For my test brew, I went with a 5 gallon batch of MoreBeer’s M-80 All Grain IPA home brewing recipe.  I figured the 6 oz’s of hops would be a good test of the Trub Trappers capabilities.  Prior to brew day I started off by giving the TrubTrapper a good cleaning, like I do with any newly purchased home brewing equipment. The design of the Trub Trapper is relatively basic.  It looks like an old school air filter but instead of a paper membrane in the center, it has a ring of drilled stainless steel surrounded by a layer stainless steel mesh. On the top and bottom of the Trub Trapper there  is a silicon seal. Prior to starting my boil, I placed the trub tapper in the center of my boil kettle as shown in the following photo.

TrubTrapper

TrubTrapper

Something important to keep in mind, the TrubTrapper is only going to be effective if you have the capability of conducting a whirlpool at the end of your boil.  Whirlpooling is a brewing process where after your boil has completed, you recirculate your wort inside your kettle with the use of a pump and whirlpool arm. As the wort swirls around your boil kettle, the trub trapper catches and contains it.  If you do not have a whirlpool arm in your kettle, you can easily add one yourself as I did.  A whirlpool arm will run you about $38 and you can find a great home brewing whirlpool arm here if needed. This animated homebrewing gif shows the whirlpooling process being conducted.

Home Brewing Whirlpool Animated Gif

Home Brewing Whirlpool Animated Gif

For the trub trapper to be most effective, you need to allow the wort to whirlpool for about 10-15 minutes.  Depending on your homebrew recipe, this could be a great time for a hop addition or to begin your wort chilling process which is what I did.   All in my whirlpool process lasted about 20 minutes before my wort had chilled down to 70 F and I began transferring it to my conical fermenter. So did the Trub Trapper work?

The TrubTrapper

The TrubTrapper

You bet your sparge arm it did! The TrubTrapper exceeded my expectations.  As you can see from the photo above, it did a fantastic job of capturing the trub and keeping it away from my kettle transfer tube.  Initially it clogged a little bit, but I learned that if i burped the far side of it, the seal permitted the caught wort to escape while the Trub Trapper still contained the thick trub sludge. For $50 I feel that it was a great buy, especially when considering that alternative solutions cost far more and are not nearly as effective.

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New Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter for Homebrewing!

Stainless Steel Homebrew Fermenter

Stainless Steel Homebrew Fermenter

It was a good weekend for me!  I added a 14 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter for homebrewing and home winemaking to my arsenal!  Over the last few years, I have transitioned from extract homebrewing to all grain homebrewing and been slowly upgrading my homebrew gear.  One of the last pieces of equipment that I have been wanting to upgrade has been my fermenters.  I have used just about everything out there, from buckets to carboys.  I prefer fermenting in glass to plastic, but ultimately I knew that I wanted to use stainless steel. The only problem was that I really did not want to spend $1800 on a fermenter!

Recently I had come across some ads for stainless steel conical fermenters at about 25% of that price so I figured I would check into it, an do a little research into the quality of the units and consider making a purchase if it all checked out.  The best fermenters that I could find in that price range were by SS BrewTech and they looked incredible.  They have great user quality ratings, all of the features of the high end Blichmann stainless steel conical fermenters but are just a fraction of the price.

So I decided to make my purchase and landed one of these 14 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters for just $495. I received my order in about two days. It was packed very well and I was pleased with the documentation that reviewed some really basic assembly and how to clean it prior to its first use.  The welds were all clean, it felt very sturdy, was easy to setup and looked incredible.  Here are some of the features of the SS Conical Fermenter:

  • Certified Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Rotating Racking Arm
  • Pressure Relief Valve
  • 60° cone for clean yeast harvesting and sediment removal
  • Included weldless thermowell
  • Sanitary 1.5” Tri-Clamp Fittings
  • Molded Silicone Gasket for airtight seal.
  • Six Spring-Loaded Lid Clamps hold lid in place
  • Pressurizeable to 5 PSI for beer transfers
  • Etched volume markings
  • 36″ from feet to very top of lid / 14.5″ wide

I plan on fermenting my first batch of beer in it about 2 weeks from now and I am really exited. Be sure to check back in to see how it goes.  There is also a temperature control unit available and some casters to make the unit mobile when full that I am looking into purchasing.  I will review those once received as well.

Click here for more information or to order one of these stainless steel conical fermenters!

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Here is the latest homebrewing stand photo for Homebrewing Deal.  This site was recently launched and I am trying to get the word out about it so please feel free to use this image or post it in your homebrewing social communities with a link to homebrewingdeal.com.  The more home brewer and follower activity the site has, the more time that I will be able to dedicate to posting the best home beer making deals that I can find so any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

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