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Old 06-19-2009, 04:20 AM   #1
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I am going to use Leaf Hops for the very first time on tomorrow's brew day. What's the best way to keep these suckers out of my fermenter? I usually use a hop bag for my pellet hops, but the guy at the LHBS suggested otherwise -- what do you all suggest doing?

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:31 AM   #2
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Last brew I used a very large straining bag from Northern Brewer. The hops had plenty of room to float around in a vigorous boil, more than a pound of hops in 10 gallons. Your LHBS guy needs to get out more.

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:51 AM   #3
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If you ferment in buckets, you can use a 5-gallon paint strainer bag right in the fermenter, or a stainless sink strainer over it.

I use carboys now, so I transfer into my HLT through the strainer, then to the carboy.

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:25 AM   #4
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An alternative to the hop bag is the strainer and a funnel. This is what I used to do. Go from kettle thru sanitized strainer into carboy.

I've also found the copper scrubby (Chore Boy) on the end of the racking cane serves as a very good strainer of the leaf hops.

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:41 AM   #5
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There's nothing wrong with using a hop bag for whole hops - I do it all the time. The main thing is not to stuff the bag so full of hops that the wort can't circulate around them. The muslin socks I get will expand quite a bit, but I try to stay at an ounce or less per bag.

Usually I only bag the bittering additions; I usually just throw the finishing hops directly in. After cooling I pour them through a large stainless steel strainer over my bucket to keep most of them out of the wort.

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My biggest concern is that I have a siphon on my keggle with a little screen on it -- see the last item on this link: NORTHERN BREWER: Stirring and Straining

For Pellet hops, this thing gets clogged up super quickly -- what will happen with leaf hops?

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Old 06-19-2009, 12:23 PM   #7
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For whole hops, that screen will work very well.

Prior to installing a DIY hop filter for the diptube in my kettle, this arrangement served me quite well:

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