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Old 02-24-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default Hops order, cones or pellet, whats your preferance?

I am making a big order for the brewing of my summer beer and have been using pellet. Now I haven't used whole yet, is there any difference in quality?

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Old 02-24-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Pellets seems to have a longer shelf life.
Whole hops are cool. They remind me of something else.
Pellets clean up much easier. I just rinse the sludge down the sink.
I get better utilization from pellets. They break down and sink faster.

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I personally like either pellet or whole for kettle additions and whole leaf for dry hopping. With my current setup, I've been using primarily whole leaf.

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I personally like either pellet or whole for kettle additions and whole leaf for dry hopping. With my current setup, I've been using primarily whole leaf.
+1 to this on all accounts.
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My LHBS primarily has whole hops, so that's what I use. I prefer them as they are bigger and not as likely to get passed through my bazooka screen and into the fermenter.

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I like both but typically use whole just because I'm using whole grain and I like using the ingredients in their more basic, unprocessed form...i.e. for no good reason.

However, I think I like pellet better for FWH because they seem to dissolve and sink quicker. Whole hops tend to just float when I FWH with them.

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Hate pellets, love whole hops - green & smelly. Also you have to wonder with pellets as to what extra crap falls into the pelletizing machine. You just don't know if by accident or greed you are brewing up 4 finger beer. Yuck.

Did I mention clogged filters.

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I like pellets just because they are easier to store in bulk. Smaller size packages make SWMBO overlook the fact that I'm slowly taking over the freezer with hops.

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