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Old 09-11-2007, 12:44 AM   #11
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Concerning using a bag, what about sanitization? A concern?

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Old 09-11-2007, 09:06 AM   #12
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I tried just tossing the an ounce of hop pellets into my secondary and racking over to the bottling bucket was a complete nightmare. I let them sit in there for a week and while some did settle out, there were lots still in suspension. I now use a small muslin bag from the LHBS. I sanitize the bag by dipping it into sanitizing solution, pour my hops into it and then pour in a handfull of sanitized marbles. Its a bit tough forcing the bag into the neck of the secondary, but it does work. I wish someone made a tall thin and round stainless mesh tube that would fit into the neck of a 5 gallon carboy so that you could load it up with hops and easily slide it in. Maybe some day

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Double post - HBT was a bit slow and I kept clicking!

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... Add them to the secondary. I like to add them before racking, but you can do it either way.
This is how I've always done it. IMHO, adding pellets gets you very little hop aroma. I did it once and was dissapointed with the results. Stick to whole leaf hops.
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I don't like the bag method. Not as much extraction. But it is certainly easier come racking time.

And there is a limit to mizzoueng's "the longer it sits the hoppier it gets" statement. After awhile (a month maybe) you stop getting any flavor/aroma extraction from the hops, and they start to impart an undesirable grassy flavor. I'd recommend no more than 2 weeks for an extra pale.
I use a bag and use plugs or whole hops. I like the bag because it eases cleanup. I also like to push the racking cane tightly into the bag as I rack. It pulls the beer throught the hops and bag to filter and further impart aroma.
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I use a bag and use plugs or whole hops. I like the bag because it eases cleanup. I also like to push the racking cane tightly into the bag as I rack. It pulls the beer throught the hops and bag to filter and further impart aroma.
Say, thats a great idea. I am going to try that on my next batch.

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