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Old 01-16-2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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Do you guys use hop bags for boiling hop pellets, or do you just chuck 'em in?

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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I just chuck them in, but I also use a Whirlflock tab to help settle out most of the "floaties".

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Old 01-16-2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding.

The whirlfloc goes in during the boil, right? Do you have a special technique for not leaving much wort in the pot when you transfer to the carboy?

I've always used hop bags and never really knew any better. Someone suggested that I just throw the hops in, lately, so I'd like to try it.

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Old 01-16-2007, 04:13 PM   #4
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I use a bag to minimize the amount of material that I have to strain when transferring.

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I chuck 'em in and don't bother trying to get them out. I use extracts amd bags for steeping grains so the hops are the only things floating around. I just dump the whole boil (I use two gallons of water plus hops and extracts) into the primary, cover, pitch when the right temperature is reached, and close it up.

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I chuck 'em in and don't bother trying to get them out. I use extracts amd bags for steeping grains so the hops are the only things floating around. I just dump the whole boil (I use two gallons of water plus hops and extracts) into the primary, cover, pitch when the right temperature is reached, and close it up.
Thanks for responding, Steve.

So, for you, all the hop bits settle out into the trub in the primary, and you rack the beer off of it at some point? Do you need to secondary, then?
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It all depends on your system and your preferences.

If you brew in a kettle with a valve, a lot of hops material may tend to clog your valve/drain system, so hops bags may be the best solution.

If you siphon, you can whirlpool (to get all the solids in the center of the kettle) and then siphon off the edge.

If you just dump it into the primary, then you can just toss hops in the kettle with impunity. You might want to pour through a (sanitized) strainer in that case.

There's really no right or wrong answer. If you dump a lot of trub into the primary, just be sure to carefully siphon so as to leav most of it behind when you rack.

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Thanks for responding.

The whirlfloc goes in during the boil, right? Do you have a special technique for not leaving much wort in the pot when you transfer to the carboy?

I've always used hop bags and never really knew any better. Someone suggested that I just throw the hops in, lately, so I'd like to try it.

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I never gave it much thought. I just tilt the pot and siphon from there. What does get through settles on the bottom of the carboy.
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We dumped into a bottling bucket and used the spicket to get it into the carboy... once the liquid was below the spicket we tilted and used our eyes to reduce trub...

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Thanks for responding, Steve.

So, for you, all the hop bits settle out into the trub in the primary, and you rack the beer off of it at some point? Do you need to secondary, then?
I use a secondary for specialty beers - for example, I make a Raspberry Ale about once a year and this requires three stages. But for non-complex brews (like my house beer, a generic pale ale), I use only a primary. The hops settle into the trub and I just siphon carefully. When it is young it can be slightly cloudy but as it ages and the sediment compacts, it gets nice and clear.

I do use Irish Moss to help make it clear also, and try to get a hard cold break when I finish the boil.

Edit - as cweston says, there are lots of variables, not the least of which is personal preference. That's why I highlighted that I use a bag for my steeping grains and I brew with extracts. With no grain in the mix, the little bits of hops are not much of a factor.
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