I'm looking to do my first extract w/specialty grain batch but I was just wondering the deal with using hop bags. In the past, I've only used ingredient kits with hopped LME but never any standalone hops of any kind. Are the hop bags necessary for pelletized hops or can the pellets just be added with no bag to the boil and removed with a strainer and nylon filter cloth when the wort is added to the primary?
if it'll fit over you're primary it does an ok job of filtering out the hop pellet mush, just dont pour too quickly or you'll end up with on he|| of a mess, otherwise i'd save it for the next time you're steeping grains.
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