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Old 02-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Looking to buy some ingredients for my next brew and am piecing this one together. Full leaf hops or pellets? One better than the other? I've only ever used pellets



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Old 02-11-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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I like whole leaf as long as they're fresh. I like to use pellets for bittering and whole leaf the rest if the way. If the recipe is using pellets and you're using leaf I would up the hops 50%. Im not sure about your lhbs but mine carries very few whole leaf hops.



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Old 02-11-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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I think you can use them interchangeably. I think I've only noticed a big difference when dry hopping. I really like whole leaf since they are easy to remove and I enjoy the aromatics I've gotten out of them more than with pellet.

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some people say whole leaf gives a fresher flavor/ aroma / better utilization. I usually go with whats available.

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whole leaf is great for the brewing process as they can easily be filtered out of the wort and don't create the sludge like pellets do. If I can get whole leaf of the variety I'm looking for, I'll always go for them.

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Pellets are more convenient - but I still use whole hops for dry hopping in the keg.

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I personally use all whole leaf hops. Mainly because I just prefer unprocessed ingredients whenever possible. Secondarily, because my set up was created with leaf hops in mind, pellets leave me with a clogged mess.

FWIW, pellets give a few percentage better utilization over leaf, so assuming the same weight and AA%, the pellet beer would be a touch more bitter. Flavor and aroma are obviously much more subjective to personal preference.

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I don't use whole leaf very much, but what's the ratio? Is it one for one?

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A lot of people say 1:1 but every time Ive used while hops when the recipe is based on pellets it seems to not be bittered enough

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Not to highjack this thread, but I have a recipe that calls for .2g/l of hops. What is this amount?



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