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tlamanna
(Tony Lamanna)
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HOPTOP

I wanted to let you guys know about HOPTOP. They're basically masonry jar lids with built-in low profile airlocks.

I funded it on Kickstarter, when it was much cheaper than they're selling them for now: HOPTOP. Mine should be arriving later this week.

I was planning on some experiment with making sake in 1/2 gallon masonry jars. If there's interest, I'll post my progress on how the HOPTOPs behave.

I don't own the company. I don't get a commission. I am not trying to sell them. Just thought they were cool.

tlamanna
(Tony Lamanna)
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Medovukha under Hoptop

Please let me know if the pictures don't come up. I'm making links to my dropbox.

About a month ago, I started an experimental batch of Ukrainian Medovukha in a gallon glass bottle with a rubber stopper and standard airlock. The recipe:

250g honey
250g sugar
2 tblsp crushed cascade hop pellets (my first ever use of hops)
1 packet red star champagne yeast

Yesterday I pulled the Medovukha off the lees, and into two half gallon masonry jars. They were about $10 for 6 on a sale at Kroger. Here are the 2 jars with hoptops installed: Hoptop on Jars. They are sized to take half dollars to sit over the airlock if you are worried about evaporation. I am using some Mardi Gras doubloons.

They take a tablespoon of liquid in the airlock, after it's in place: Installed Hoptop Closeup. It felt too little, so I doubled it at first, and the first air bubble through sent it all over. I use vodka in all of my airlocks because it's sterile and neutral flavor in case of blowback. The hoptop replaces the flat metal lid part of the canning jar lid. It doesn't stick up above the jar, but does stick about an inch down into the jar.

Here's the 2 hoptop pieces before install: Hoptop closeup.

At about $6.50 each, it's a bit more than the gallon glass pickle jar I've used. I drilled a hole in the lid, put in a rubber grommet, and used a regular airlock. These ARE nice though because of the low profile, and the masonry jars can sit on regular shelf. Very good for experimenting.

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