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Old 03-17-2008, 08:16 PM   #11
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You could build a big hop bag. There are lots of ways to do it, but most recommend using a 5-gallon paint strainer, a PVC coupling, and a long PVC pipe (to stabilize it). That lets the hops float around in a larger area than one of the small mesh bags HB shops like to sell.
Oh yeah! Kiss my hops. I am so doing that. That'll be one of those beer innovations where in a few months' time I'll struggle to believe I ever hopped any other way.

[EDIT] Actually, I bet you could do something similar for dry-hopping as well. The one thing I dislike about DH is all the beer you lose when racking to secondary - but if you could just lift out the hops, that would be awesome.
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:26 AM   #12
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So I normally use hop bags, but I have noticed a decrease in hop utilization. But, I also use an immersion chiller and put it in the boil for the last 15', which would be impossible with this giant hop-sock.
Not really. It sits right in the middle of the IC. I use one on my kettle along with my 60ft IC
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:07 AM   #13
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This guy lives in Michigan and supposedly works in radio....He sounds familiar, I'm sure I've heard his voice on radio stations here...Just can't place him...

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Someone was just telling me he was a PM DJ up in the Saginaw area.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:19 AM   #14
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I use this...

at 4.5" it's more than enough for an ounce of leaf hops. I have three to cover my needs.

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Old 03-18-2008, 02:20 AM   #15
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I tried the hop bag deal that Du Puma mentions, (except that I used the bottom few inches of a 5 gallon bucket with a big hole cut into it for the ring instead of PVC. Dishwasher safe!). Brewing an identical batch to one that didn't use a hop bag, there was a dramatic drop in hop utilization, both bittering and aroma. At least with whole hops.

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Old 03-18-2008, 02:42 AM   #16
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So I normally use hop bags, but I have noticed a decrease in hop utilization. But, I also use an immersion chiller and put it in the boil for the last 15', which would be impossible with this giant hop-sock.

Not Necessarily, just lift the hop sack out, put the chiller in, and put the sack back in on top of the chiller. Works just fine in my big, old turkey fryer.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:50 AM   #17
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Brewing an identical batch to one that didn't use a hop bag, there was a dramatic drop in hop utilization, both bittering and aroma. At least with whole hops.
So which worked better? With or without the hop bag?
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:57 PM   #18
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at 4.5" it's more than enough for an ounce of leaf hops. I have three to cover my needs.

Where do get that and how much does it cost? thanks.
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:21 PM   #19
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I think i remember reading that the hop utilization occurs at the site of the steam bubble wthin the boiling wort. I would guess that if you are going to contain your hops during the boil you might want a slightly more vigorous boil.

For me, I can't be bothered w/ hop sacks and/or strainers. I prefer to just let the hops settle to the bottom, I like gravity, it's free, convenient and extremely reliable. YMMV

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Old 03-18-2008, 09:28 PM   #20
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I just throw them in and strain them with a big strainer over the fermenter.
then, worthwhile or not, i sparge the whole mess a little to get every last bit of deliciousness out.

I just dryhopped the first time with cheese cloth and it was great in comparison to dryhopping without it, but it was difficult to get the cheese cloth contraption out of the carboy.

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