“Dry hopping”, also referred to as “cold-hopping” in the business, is a procedure with which precious essential oils are released from the lupulin contained in the hops in beer. Dry hopping is performed after the brewing process in the cold area. At this point in time, the beer is finished but has yet to fully mature.
BrauKon HopGun® guarantees a consistent, efficient dissolving of the oils and aromas from hop pellets in the finished beer. The yield and taste stability are increased – and this is precisely what creative brewers wish to gain. Due to the fact that the entire beer comes into contact with the hops, a more homogenous infusion of the products with the hop constituents is achieved compared to conventional methods . When doing so, any large particles are separated from the products by a special pre-filtration candle.
Flexible and user-friendly
BrauKon HopGun is flexible to use, with the hop quantity, the hop dosing time and duration being freely selectable. Cleaning can be performed manually or with an external CIP system. BrauKon HopGun can be retrofitted at any time.
Optimized in practice: HopGun® 2.0
With the new version HopGun 2.0, the user-friendliness of the system was improved based on our experience of installing 250 systems worldwide: the HopGun 2.0 is easier to operate and even easier to clean. A central CO₂ connection with distribution and revised fittings and safety valves enable a variable CO₂ supply to the system for the different process steps and avoid unnecessary oxygen input. An integrated bypass with sight glass enables homogenization of the product without additional effort. The optimizations are based both on feedback from 250 installed plants worldwide and on various tests in our own brewery.
BrauKon HopGun® Pro
The BrauKon HopGun® Pro is designed for fully automated cold hopping with larger pellet quantities. A special agitator guarantees efficient dissolving of hop pellets, even with larger quantities and at reduced temperatures. To do so, the BrauKon HopGun Pro takes in the complete volume of hop suspension. The suspension can be dosed flexibly to ensure a homogeneous distribution. As with the HopGun, the HopGun Pro ensures the homogenous distribution of hop aromas in the tank and efficient extraction.
The BrauKon HopGun® is flexible to use, with the hop quantity, the hop dosing time and duration being freely selectable. Control of all process steps and CIP cleaning can be fully automated. Thanks to shorted dissolution times of the pellets, the variant Pro is perfectly suited for cold hopping during tank transfer. The hop suspension can be dosed inline, for example, on the way from the fermentation cellar to the green beer cellar.