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Old 07-18-2013, 04:01 PM   #11
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Nope, just throw them right in. I don't understand why people get so crazy about their hops, and why they use devices to contain them or strain them out. I use pellets and throw them in the boil, never once have I ever had a shred of hops show up in a glass of beer, and that includes a variety of brewing methods. If any end up in the fermenter they will always settle out.
Good to hear. I use a hop spider mainly because I went through a DIY phase and built stuff I didn't really need But I want to simplify things. I have to take the kettle off the stove to put the immersion chiller in (range hood gets in the way) so having to take out the hop spider and put it back in over the IC is a pain in the ass.

I've started to whirlpool the last two batches so I figured I should just ditch the hop spider anyway.

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Old 07-18-2013, 04:10 PM   #12
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Nope, just throw them right in. I don't understand why people get so crazy about their hops, and why they use devices to contain them or strain them out. I use pellets and throw them in the boil, never once have I ever had a shred of hops show up in a glass of beer, and that includes a variety of brewing methods. If any end up in the fermenter they will always settle out.
I think that it's just a "new toy" kind of mindset....I know I love gadgets!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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gotcha, I'm a fan of the DIY gadgets too. Should have mentioned that I have a little homemade aerator device that I attach to my siphon hose to inject some oxygen into the wort as it racks over to the bucket. Simple project (2 minutes) and effective.

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I think that it's just a "new toy" kind of mindset....I know I love gadgets!
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I always throw my pellets right into the boil and have never had any hops show up in my glass. That being said I think they allow people to be a little less patient than I am. I always let my beers ferment for a minimum of 4 weeks and then carefully rack into a keg, set it at 12psi and wait another 2-3 weeks. Same thing if I bottle. Other than a little Irish Moss and lots of waiting, I've never done anything out of my way to get clear beer, but my brews are always very clear.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:25 PM   #15
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Nope, just throw them right in. I don't understand why people get so crazy about their hops, and why they use devices to contain them or strain them out. I use pellets and throw them in the boil, never once have I ever had a shred of hops show up in a glass of beer, and that includes a variety of brewing methods. If any end up in the fermenter they will always settle out.

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:25 PM   #16
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Nope, just throw them right in. I don't understand why people get so crazy about their hops, and why they use devices to contain them or strain them out. I use pellets and throw them in the boil, never once have I ever had a shred of hops show up in a glass of beer, and that includes a variety of brewing methods. If any end up in the fermenter they will always settle out.
I don't think people are very worried about them winding up in the kettle. I think most are concern with clogging equipment like plate and counter flow chillers.
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I don't think people are very worried about them winding up in the kettle. I think most are concern with clogging equipment like plate and counter flow chillers.
This makes sense, but I think there are a lot of people going through great effort to strain out everything they can in the kettle who aren't using pumps/plate chillers/etc
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I'll be whirlpooling with a spoon in future. Did my first batch the other day and was shocked at the 1-2 inches of trub that appeared in my fermenter within hours of transferring.
I figure I just need to give the wort and swirl and leave it for half an hour or so, instead of dumping it straight in to the fermenter.

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I'll be whirlpooling with a spoon in future. Did my first batch the other day and was shocked at the 1-2 inches of trub that appeared in my fermenter within hours of transferring.
I figure I just need to give the wort and swirl and leave it for half an hour or so, instead of dumping it straight in to the fermenter.
yes, but the trub in the fermenter isn't doing anything bad to your beer or causing any trouble. Even though I tend to do a little whirlpool before transferring over to primary, I never worry about having trub end up in my fermenter. I used to just dump the entire contents of the kettle into my primary and have always been able to get clear beer.
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I've tried whirlpooling twice without much luck. I use a hop spider and was wondering if throwing hops right into the boil will actually help with whirlpooling (the trub will have something to grab on to while spinning). Any thoughts?

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