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Old 04-10-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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Is there any benefit to grinding whole hops in say a coffee grinder? It seems that you would get better utilization than steeping whole hops. Surely someone has tried it.

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They have, and then they pressed them into little pellets for all of us to enjoy!

Grinding up the hops just increases the contact surface area. You are correct, it does slightly increase the hops utilization, generally by about 1/4. Pelleted hops are merely ground up hops that have been pressed into pellets.

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Pelleted hops are merely ground up hops that have been pressed into pellets.
And they come back apart to the fine grind when they're boiled. I can't see any benefit at all to grinding hops.
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