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Old 07-30-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Hop Bag Benefits?

I've been trying to decide if hop bags actually accomplish much when used with pellet hops.

It seems to me the only material they hold back is the heavy stuff which would probably settle out quickly anyway.

What are your experiences and observations?

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:03 PM   #2
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It makes the filtration process easier in my procedure, primarily because filtration for me entails using a fine mesh strainer in a funnel. First time I brewed, it took forever to get the wort in the fermentation chamber due to all of the lousy hop particles clogging up the fine mesh strainer. The hop bag, from my observation, seems to strain out hop particles, particularly if I am using hop pellets. With whole hops, it appears to work fantastically. However, I have always used a hop bag, so I cannot comment as to the observed situation in that case.

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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I don't see the need to strain the wort. I've never understood why people use hop bags.

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The reason I use/used them is to keep junk out of the plate chiller.

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The reason I use/used them is to keep junk out of the plate chiller.
that would be a good reason. I use an immersion chiller so it's not an issue.
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:51 PM   #6
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I started using one for pellets a year ago, found better flow, chiller never clogs, less wort left behind in the pot, cleaner siphoning to the secondary, and most importantly much faster easier clean up.. other than that no reason. I don't use it for leaf hops.

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Old 07-30-2010, 05:22 PM   #7
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I will be trying it out this weekend or next, but my brew buddy told me that when he switched he got less junk on the bottom of his kettle and was able to get MORE beer out of that when using the bag.

I have used, and will continue to use, a bag when doing extract batches over the winter. That makes clean up easier since I will be brewing in my kitchen.

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Old 07-30-2010, 09:48 PM   #8
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I use them all the time. You may be right that they only hold back the big stuff, but it seems like less stuff in the primary. Or it might be it just makes me feel better.

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:57 PM   #9
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I use em for the already mentioned reasons and plus the bag allows you to squeeze all that sweet hopped elixer out of the bag into the pot as it's draining.

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Right, the sqeezing part is good. And I'm making an counterflow chiller so it would reduce the crud going through....

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