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Old 03-16-2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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What techniques do folks here use for utilizing whole hops in the boil?

Hops bag? Just throw them in and siphon under them? Other?

I've been a pellet person but I have some whole hops on the way.

What about dry hopping? I'm guessing a bag would work best for that?

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Old 03-16-2006, 05:16 PM   #2
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What techniques do folks here use for utilizing whole hops in the boil?

Hops bag? Just throw them in and siphon under them? Other?

I've been a pellet person but I have some whole hops on the way.

What about dry hopping? I'm guessing a bag would work best for that?
I've bagged the hops for some batches.
I've let them float freely for others.
I've siphoned to avoid pulling free-floaters into the fermenter.
I've filtered to avoid pulling free-floaters them into the fermenter.
Sometimes I even just pour it carefully and don't care if the hops get into the primary.

For dry-hopping... I have neer used a bag. Just threw them in and let them float at the top. Other people put them in a weighted bag to keep them submerged.

I have never decided on whether I think any method is better than the other. I just do whatever I feel like while brewing. The only thing to note is that using a bag cuts down on the utilization, so boil them longer or use a little more if bagging.

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I just toss them in, boil or dry hopping. I started by using bags, but decided that only worked for low hopping rates.

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Just throw them in and let all the goodness comeout, you can deal with the remains later. They will really help in making an clear beer along the way!!!!!

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Old 03-17-2006, 12:54 AM   #5
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Throw them in so the boil can do its magic. I also throw them in when dry hopping, throw them in in the hop back. I guess I just like to throw hops.

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Old 03-17-2006, 02:26 AM   #6
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Throw them in so the boil can do its magic. I also throw them in when dry hopping, throw them in in the hop back. I guess I just like to throw hops.
Man, I can't believe I didn't think of having hops thrown instead of rice at my wedding. That would have been pretty cool, and everybody would have smelled good (not that they didn't, but better).
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Old 03-17-2006, 09:42 PM   #7
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I dump them in, strain them then sparge...

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