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Old 09-29-2009, 07:03 PM   #21
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thanks for all the answers. you helped me alot.

one more question though, can I use hop bags for hop pellets? what are pros and cons?

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Old 10-02-2009, 01:57 AM   #22
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Of course you can. I use the 5 gallon paint strainer bags that are available at Lowes and similar stores for about 99 cents. The are fine enough to contain most of the hops, but a little does get out. I have used a much finer bag before but the wort didn't seem to flow through the bag very well. I also found the strainer bag didn't retain too much wort when I pulled it from the keggle at the end of the boil. It allowed the hops to drain freely. I was surprised how much the hops expanded, 3 oz. of pellets became 4 cups of packed mass.

I do have a stainless steel weight in the bag to hold it down in the boil. I also spend the first few minutes after the hop addition to stir in the hops and make sure they don't stay floating on the top. Once they get saturated they seem to stay in the boil pretty well.

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:25 AM   #23
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Me and my brewmate use this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato_ricer.

It is the perfect tool for squeezing every bit of the valuable juices from the hop bags.

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Old 02-13-2014, 04:58 PM   #24
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I actually sparge my hop bag and then squeeze it into the primary

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:15 PM   #25
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As I'm draining the boiled wort through the chiller line after brewing I squeeze the hops bag against the side the kettle with the SS spoon I've sanitized and stirred with during the boil.

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:34 PM   #26
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As I'm draining the boiled wort through the chiller line after brewing I squeeze the hops bag against the side the kettle with the SS spoon I've sanitized and stirred with during the boil.
+1 After chilling the wort with my immersion chiller I do the same thing, want all the hop flavor out.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:13 PM   #27
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Well, since we're resurrecting a 5-year old thread, I'll throw in that I have since been squeezing the crap out of hops at the end of the boil. When I upgraded my brewpot, I went to a bazooka screen that I use for hoppy beers and press down on the hops with the lid from my smaller pot that fits inside the larger pot.

Done a few fresh hop beers like this and no off flavors have resulted. So, 5 years later the message is the same - Squeeze away!

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