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Old 07-11-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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So I was brewing the other day and a friend of mine, witnessing me putting hop bags in the bk, put forth the idea that it would be far more efficient and produce a better final result if the hop bags were submerged to the middle of the kettle. I disagree. Keep in mind I'm constantly pushing them down under the water level and the entire bag is wet throughout. Shouldn't this extract just as much of that hoppy goodness as any other method? Just curious, thanks!

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Old 07-11-2013, 11:52 PM   #2
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I'd bet that if you did an experiment you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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Old 07-11-2013, 11:53 PM   #3
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What kind of hops are you using, whole or pellets?

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Old 07-11-2013, 11:56 PM   #4
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The fact that the boil is constantly circulating the wort means that it really shouldn't make a difference

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The fact that the boil is constantly circulating the wort means that it really shouldn't make a difference
My thoughts exactly. Thanks! And they are whole hops.
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Some contend that hop extraction is limited by using a bag, others disagree.
True, but he's talking about the effect of the bag location in the boil. I can't imagine that makes any difference.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #8
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Bag location makes no difference but putting whole hops in a bag may make a slight difference. Pellets will make less of a difference in a bag since you get better utilization. Like others have said overall you probably can't tell that much if any difference!

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Yea, that cannot possibly affect your end product.

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Everyone here is going to provide their opinion. If they use a bag they will say it doesn't make a difference. If they don't use a bag they will say it does make a difference.

The only way to definitively answer this is to make two identical batches, use a bag on one. Then send two samples to a lab that can do IBU testing.

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