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Old 07-02-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default hop bits during boil... use a bag?

Whenever I add hops during my boil, I get a surge in the boil and the pot's sides end up coated with all the hops. This seems broken because those precious hops aren't still in the beer where they belong.

What do people do to solve this problem? Throw the hops in slower? Scrape them off the sides? Use a bag?

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Old 07-02-2007, 05:34 PM   #2
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I scrape them off and add them back where they belong, never did like hop bags.

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Old 07-02-2007, 05:35 PM   #3
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I use my wooden spoon to "splash" the wort up the sides of the pot and get the hops back where they belong.

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Old 07-02-2007, 05:39 PM   #4
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Scrape the walls with my mash paddle. only takes a min.

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Old 07-02-2007, 06:04 PM   #5
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I scrape and use my spoon to rinse down the sides with the wort.
another thing that helps me is I turn down the heat when I add them and keep it down to a light boil for a few minutes before cranking it back up.

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Old 07-02-2007, 07:11 PM   #6
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same, and I also stir right after I add the hop pellets, to calm the boilover surge so I usually don't have to scrape the sides much, if at all.

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Old 07-03-2007, 03:33 PM   #7
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Although I have personally never used a bag, I have read on this forum that the hop pellets will break down small enough to make their way through the bag anyway.

Just turn your heat down, add your hops, stir/scrape to get the hops off the side and turn the heat back up. All will be well.

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Old 07-03-2007, 03:35 PM   #8
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scrape away!

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Old 07-03-2007, 05:01 PM   #10
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Hmmm...I'd always left the silt in the bottom of the pot in the pot...zat why all my beers seem so underhopped? I figgered most of the goodness had been boiled out of it by then, but it occurs to me now that I was just tossin' my 'flameout' hop pellets down the drain.

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