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Old 09-22-2011, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default To put hops in a bag or not, that is the question

Prefer to put hops in a bag to contain them and help with making clear beer. Problem is adding hops at different times uses up a lot of bags. Currently pay $0.70 a bag at LHBS.

Thinking of making a holder for the hop bag I saw here that keeps the bag open above the water line so you can add hops when needed. What has been your experience with one of these?

Does putting hops in a bag significantly cut down on hop utiltization? I think not.

Has anyone used the reusable Rite Brew muslin grain/hop bags sold on Amazon? They come in 5 packs of 3"x5", 5"x7" and 6"x10" for $2-3.

Also read here about making hop bags from panty hose. Anyone else tried this?

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How about buying three SS tea balls? Lots of people use these:

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How about buying three SS tea balls? Lots of people use these:
Not for the boil, dryhopping only.

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Old 09-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #4
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Hop spider works well as long as the bag is large enough to let the hops move around freely. I've not noticed any loss of "hop" from using bags. For pellet hops I use filter bags from Duda Diesel and for leaf hops I use larger mesh nylon bags from LHBS.

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as long as you don't pack them too full you shouldn't notice much difference in utilization.

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Get reusable hop bags.

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I use panty hose. I got a bunch of unused packs of 'em from a thrift store. I bag up my whole hops in the boil with lots of extra room in the bag so the hops can flow a bit more freely. Works great.

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I have been using 5 gl paint Strainer bags with good success for about 6 months.

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Thanks for the good input. Going to make a hop spider like lanvp posted back in '09. It hangs from the side allowing wort to be stirred. Will get the reusable hop bags from Amazon for dry hopping.

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I have always just dumped my pellet hops directly into my boil kettle with great results. Wort clarity has never really been an issue for me as I constantly recirculate the wort with a RIMS system during the mash. I also usually do a 6 week primary fermentation, and 12 week conditioning to alleviate a lot of the cloudiness. Most of the wort clarity issues come from chill haze anyway which are proteins that can be dealt with by doing proper mash schedules, sparges, and cold crashing the beer. I usually use a plate filter if the finished beer needs further clarity.

As for the mess, I have a B3 sculpture which has a 1" ball valve on the boil kettle. I have never had clogging issues while pumping wort into the fermenters.

I know a lot of people who use homegrown fresh hops or whole hops, and like the filter bed the hops provide in the bottom of the kettle. I also know a lot of brewers who use muslin bags with much success as well. I think it really comes down to personal preference.

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