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Old 12-11-2012, 01:01 AM   #1
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I bought some leaf belma and centennial hops from hops direct and was excited cause I always pellets. Come to find out they are a pain in the a$$ to weight out due to volume and I am dreading clean up. I think I will stick to pellets from now on.


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Old 12-11-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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I'm with ya'. I don't care for the cleanup either - good cold crash can clear things up enough for me. Yay you on 100 - have a beer and celebrate!

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:11 AM   #3
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I have brewed so, so much beer in my life and I have never brewed with whole leaf hops. One day I'm a gonna do it just to say I did.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 AM   #4
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I am currently drinking a zombie dust clone that I used 9 ounces of citra leaf hops in - it is one of the 10 best beers I have brewed in my 18 years. It is great. I used a huge mesh bag in the boil to keep adding the hops, and I used a big muslin bag to add the 3 ounces of dry hops. Leaf hops are a pain if you just dump them in. Bag them and they are not. Make sure the bag is big enough to give them some room though.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 AM   #5
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just place a bowl on the scale and zero it out (mine I just hit the on button again) the scale will read zero and you can add your hops to the bowl to weight them. This is how I weight grains I'm guessing you don't use grain yet?

For clean up just use a large mesh bag to hold the hops (like the ones poeple use for BIAB mashes) they cost about $2 and are reusable. Pull it out when done and discard the hops. You will want to dunk it up and down a every few minutes during your boil as well to make sure the wort is getting inside.

But pellet hops are probably just easier. I always use a hop bag, the one time I didn't I ended up with a hop leaf in nearly every glass.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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My dumb ass didn't even think to look to see if they had pellets for the same price. Oh well you live you learn. It is kinda cool to put whole leaf hops in a glass and pour a beer over them. And thank god I built a hop spider before doing this batch.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:17 AM   #7
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I have a triple beam scale and use that to weight hops I have my grains measured and milled at the hbs. I do want to get a digital scale I hated triple beams in high school and I hate them now can't seam to zero it out to anything big enough to hold the hops.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:20 AM   #8
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I would just use a hop bag

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I've brewed with whole leaf hops precisely once in my brewing career. I'm sure there are techniques that make them easier to use, but if I have a choice, I will always choose pellets. So much better not only for manageability, but for utilization. Much more surface area.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:23 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
I would just use a hop bag
But then I don't get to build any thing.
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