Originally Posted by bottlebomber
Its a great idea, and has become standard operating procedure. When you think about it, what astringency could you possibly extract that boiling them for an hour wouldn't? I just did this with 4 ounces a few weeks ago, and the beer is amazing.
Oxidation and infection both seem like possibilities.
Granted its a small amount of beer, but increased splashing and handling it makes me nervous.
I've been going straight pellets into the carboy and SS teaballs for keg hops. I don't use much leaf, but I use them the same way (nylon bag instead of teaball for keg).
I just suck up whatever hop sludge with the racking cane necessary during racking and pull a sample every day while carbonating to clear the sediment. I may start using gelatin or give the bag over the racking cane a try though since I am finding I like hop flavor but not hops in suspension.
The hard part is multi-phase dry hop schedules where you are supposed to remove additions, I tend to do the first phase in carboy (64f for 5-14 days) then cold crash and keg then do the second phase in keg @ 36f for the life of the keg.