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Old 04-02-2008, 06:00 PM   #11
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Do you guys find that the large hop bag that BM posted works well in 5 gal batches? I just did my first test with it in my keggle and I don't know if it moved around a lot during the boil.
curious about this as well.

i'll mainly be doing 5gal batches and have the stuff to make the hop bag, so i'm curious how well it works out in smaller batches.
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I use the same setup with a keg and 5 gallon batches, and it works great!

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I do not have any problems. I chill, let it rest for 15 minutes then rack to my fermenter. All the hops remains are left in the kettle.

I for one wonder if the hops are getting as integrated well in the boil when they are hung at the top.

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I use the same setup with a keg and 5 gallon batches, and it works great!

do you (or anyone else) use anything to weight the bag down? or does is sink pretty good on its own?

I've been using nylon bags and noticed they like to float on top so I usually weight them down by sticking my thermometer on them. With the keg that wouldn't be doable and I want to make sure i get as much as the hops in the wort as possible.
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do you (or anyone else) use anything to weight the bag down? or does is sink pretty good on its own?

I've been using nylon bags and noticed they like to float on top so I usually weight them down by sticking my thermometer on them. With the keg that wouldn't be doable and I want to make sure i get as much as the hops in the wort as possible.
Nah, the hops take up water (and become hop sludge), and that weighs the bag down just fine. I suppose you could throw a couple of clean stainless steel nuts or some scrap copper pipe in if you wanted to, but I haven't found it to be necessary.
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Nah, the hops take up water (and become hop sludge), and that weighs the bag down just fine. I suppose you could throw a couple of clean stainless steel nuts or some scrap copper pipe in if you wanted to, but I haven't found it to be necessary.

thanks.

I have a couple extra SS nuts laying around, so i'll use that idea just incase it doesn't want to sink.

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do you (or anyone else) use anything to weight the bag down? or does is sink pretty good on its own?

I've been using nylon bags and noticed they like to float on top so I usually weight them down by sticking my thermometer on them. With the keg that wouldn't be doable and I want to make sure i get as much as the hops in the wort as possible.
That's a good point. I forgot to mention that I toss is a handful of marbles.
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I do not have any problems. I chill, let it rest for 15 minutes then rack to my fermenter. All the hops remains are left in the kettle.

I for one wonder if the hops are getting as integrated well in the boil when they are hung at the top.
I do the same I chill my wort to 65f cover and let sit for 45-60 mins then rack off the top, crystal clear wort no hop mess.
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I do the same I chill my wort to 65f cover and let sit for 45-60 mins then rack off the top, crystal clear wort no hop mess.
I used to do that. But the more I started hopping up my beers, the more junk I was leaving behind. Then I had to up my boil volume...then my grain bill...and ironically...my hop volume.

I will say this, no matter how much I whirlpooled or let the kettle sit...my beers were never this clear right out of the kettle:

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