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Old 09-28-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Hop bags - squeeze or no squeeze?

So I just finished an amber ale that had 2 oz of hops in the last 10 minutes of the boil. I had read around here about hops stealing wort, but didn't expect to lose that much going into the fermentor!

I know that there are debates and experiments to weigh the effects of squeezing grain in bags, what about hops? Is there any reason to think that some "bad" flavors would come out of the hops when squeezed?

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Did a side by side comparison of this a few months ago with a split batch of my neighbor and my brew. I drew off the first 5 gallons (my equipment so I go first) and he drew off 3+ gallons and said what the #@$%. The other 2 gallons were in the hop bag and he squeezed the life out of that bag with some dirty hands as well. The beers tasted very similar - only difference I could see in our methods was I had a temperature controlled mid 60's ferment and he had a whatever my garage temp was at ferment. His beer had no detectable off flavors or extra bitterness.

Not scientifically controlled but good enough for me. I squeeze as much as I can - I do a quick starsan hand rinse first !

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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I'm a squeezer.

Sometimes I use these gloves.

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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I do a quick starsan hand rinse first !
That's a good idea. You should never squeeze your sack with dirty hands.
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That's a good idea. You should never squeeze your sack with dirty hands.
That's a general rule of thumb I guess
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squeezed for the first time last night. Cleaned my hands first.

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Old 09-29-2009, 12:03 AM   #7
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I squeeze with surgical gloves on after "scrubbing in" with a bunch of star san. I also rinse with boiled water from my HLT if I come up short on volume. I sometimes burn myself pretty good with the initial squeeze. some thicker gloves would probably be a good idea.

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Old 09-29-2009, 05:21 AM   #8
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Guilty...SS on the hands and squeeze away...

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I use my huge spoon to pickup the bag by the string and then wrap the string around the bag and the spoon to do the squeeze I don't sanitize my hands but I don't touch anything that comes into contact with the wort (although sometimes it's hard to fish the spoon through the string loop)

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Old 09-29-2009, 06:04 AM   #10
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The one time I used a hop bag, I use the BBQ tongs to squeeze out my hop sack. Not just at the end, but periodically through the boil to make sure I was getting everything I could out of it.

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