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Old 09-09-2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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I picked up a nylon hop bag from NB on a whim as I was ordering some ingredients. I'm assuming it's ok to put these in a boil pot for 60 minutes and not worry about melting?

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Tie it off so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pot and it will last for years to come.

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Tie it off so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pot and it will last for years to come.
Thanks man! Much appreciated. Maybe I'll make one of those sweet looking hop bag contraptions I've seen on here! Then I'll never have to worry about it hitting the bottom.

BTW, anybody else here use plain old cheesecloth for hops and grains?
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My first batch I forgot to buy a grain/hop bag. I used a LOT of cheesecloth and wasn't happy with the result. Couldn't get a big enough bag and I believe a lot of grain got out. That, and once it hit the water it expanded a bit making life more difficult.

Grain bags and hop bags are the way to go. Cheap enough for the no-hassle way.

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Do you use hop bags with pelletized hops too? Or is it just for whole hops? The pelletized hops seem to disintegrate and disperse finely in solution as soon as they hit the boiling water in the kettle.

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I use a hop bag simply because straining that out is a mess. You can whirlpool it, but I had still gotten some into the primary...

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the cheapest hop bag you can buy is a pair of pantyhose!! put your hops in and tie a knot. cut the hose and tie another knot, insert hops, tie another knot. you could brew 4 to 5 batches on a cheap 1.59$ pair of hose...jmho

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take that nylon hop bag and create one of these:



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I didn't get a clear answer on this, and I'm still not sure from looking at the pictures. Are those hop bags only useful if you are using whole hops? Are they effective for containing the debris from pelletized hops?

I really like your hop bag, brewhead. I'm going to make me one like it.

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I didn't get a clear answer on this, and I'm still not sure from looking at the pictures. Are those hop bags only useful if you are using whole hops? Are they effective for containing the debris from pelletized hops?

I really like your hop bag, brewhead. I'm going to make me one like it.
you can use leaf or pellet hops with no problems. they are very effective. the reason we build these is so that you can toss your hops on schedule in the top and not have to worry about fishing out a hop bag or using multiple hop bags
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