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Old 12-15-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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throwing your hop pellets into the boil directly? Thanks

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Old 12-15-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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I'm not sure there would be much difference if the hop sack is big enough not to constrict the hops

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Old 12-15-2010, 06:00 PM   #3
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Say for example using a bag that can hold a pound of grain for an oz or 2 of hops..?

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You'll be fine!

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Old 12-15-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
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I was thinking of this exact question last night while brewing --actually while washing out a hop bag. I can tell you this, I had a hop bag come open in a boil once and trying to get that beer filtered en route to the primary was a NIGHTMARE. Maybe someone will chime in with the answer to your question and a suggestion for easy filtration if it turns out tossing them in is the way to go.

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Old 12-15-2010, 06:28 PM   #6
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seems like there are as many different opinions as there are replies to this sort of question. i would be interested in seeing an actual study on the subject.

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Say for example using a bag that can hold a pound of grain for an oz or 2 of hops..?
yeah that would work. trial and error i guess. if you pull the bag out and its tight you know u didnt leave enough space. not the best answer but the best i have
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Well, maybe it's not a good analogy, but think about coffee. Coffee from a french press is generally stronger with more flavor complexity than coffee brewed through a paper filter. The reason being, paper filters prevent some of the oils in the bean from passing into the final beverage.

Would this not be the same for hops? Perhaps it doesn't matter as much for full-boil bittering hops but I'd think 2 minute aroma hops might see a rather large benefit being added directly to the wort.

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Old 12-15-2010, 06:39 PM   #9
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YEah i understand the French Press Its the only way i brew my coffee every day..reason i ask is i brewed a beer last week that should per beer caculous be around 200+ ibu and i know you cant taste that bitter a beer .. but it doesnt hit me in the face like i hoped it would. Yes it still is in primary..
Will it get more bitter the longer its in there or is that "done"

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Well, maybe it's not a good analogy, but think about coffee. Coffee from a french press is generally stronger with more flavor complexity than coffee brewed through a paper filter. The reason being, paper filters prevent some of the oils in the bean from passing into the final beverage.

Would this not be the same for hops? Perhaps it doesn't matter as much for full-boil bittering hops but I'd think 2 minute aroma hops might see a rather large benefit being added directly to the wort.
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There is TONS of space left in the bags when i pull it out.. i also end up squeezing it dry as i dont want to leave any thing there.. read some say not to do this.. but...

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