Dogfish ‘Randall Jr.’ Mini Fresh-Hopping Gadget Costs $20

Dogfish Head Randall Jr.

You may or may not have heard of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery‘s fresh-hopping contraption called Randall the Enamel Animal. The gadget basically lets you stream beer through a variety of different ingredients, including hops, spices, etc., to impart the flavors of those ingredients in the beer.

Sounds interesting, right? Unfortunately, the full-size Randall the Enamel Animal is rather pricey at almost $300, and it’s really designed for commercial use in bars or other drinking establishments.

Dogfish also offers a Randall Jr. “Mini Enamel Animal” that lets individuals “randalize” their beers. Randall Jr. isn’t a new product, but it has been sold out in Dogfish’s online store for quite some time. Its latest release was also supposed to be in February,  but the new Randall Jrs. just went on sale this week. Randall Jr. is basically a thick plastic container that holds 16 ounces of brew. You fit a filtering screen on top of it once you add your beer and other ingredients, put another cap on to maintain carbonation, let the beer chill for a while and then pour the filtered beer into a drinking glass.

Dogfish Head Randall Jr.

You could certainly build your own Randall Jr. using a large glass or other container and a filter, but the Dogfish unit probably looks cooler than what you’ll come up with. And it’s not too pricey at $20.

Here’s the official Randall Jr. description from Dogfish:

“Our new Mini Enamel Animal will give you the power for off-centered infusions. Just twist off the top; add hops, spices, fruit or whatnot, fill with off-centered ale and savor the fruits of your creativity.

“The new super-thick Randall holds a whopping 16 ounces. Made of double-walled, BPA-free plastic, he’s a bold but sensitive guy, so please wash with a mild, non-scented soap, and by golly keep him out of the microwave or dishwasher!”

And here’s a video infomercial from Dogfish about Randall Jr.

Learn more about Randall Jr. or order one of your own via Dogfish’s online store.

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2 thoughts on “Dogfish ‘Randall Jr.’ Mini Fresh-Hopping Gadget Costs $20

  1. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Have you used it? Do the Infuse flavors seem natural and cohesive with the beer?

    • I have not used the Randall Jr. But I think it’s a cool idea, and I’ll probably order one soon. The only reason I haven’t purchased one already is that I just don’t think I’d use it that much. That said, it would work well, assuming you use ingredients that go well with the beer you’re using. The original Randall was really meant to be used with hops, and that’s probably the best use for Randall Jr., too. For example, if you have an IPA made with lots of cascade and Columbus hops, I don’t think you could really hurt the beer by blasting it through some more cascades, etc. You probably wouldn’t want to use too many “challenging” ingredients, unless you were looking to experiment. But I can think of lots of different ingredients that would work well. Freshly sliced cherries in a beer that already uses cherry juice is another one that comes to mind.

      UBN

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