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Old 06-10-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Quick question. I was brewing up a Racer 5 clone last night and the LHBS had a mix of whole and pellet hops for the recipe, seeing as I was stuck with what they had, I went for it. The question is do I need to bump up the volume of the whole hops? From what I understandpellet hops are more potent. Also is there a formula to keep this in mind the next time this comes up?

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Old 06-10-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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I believe that whole hops are 2% less in terms of hop utilization. I believe this is across the board regardless of boil time. So if you are assuming 27% utilization for pellets in a 60 minute boil then plan to extract 25% for whole hops in the same time period. Hope this helps,
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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I've found out myself that whole leaf or "raw" hops seem to be better for flavor/aroma. Less bittering to the taste from them imo. Pellets def get out more bittering quicker.
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Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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The ROT is to use 10% more whole hops than pellets.

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From my experience,that extra amount would be about right. Whew...wee heavies kick in hot weather...
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