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Old 04-16-2006, 02:08 AM   #1
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When you guys put hop pellets in your boiling wort do you bag them
or just throw them in.. i just put mine in bag less ( first extract brew)
I ghess thay settle out.
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Old 04-16-2006, 02:18 AM   #2
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When you guys put hop pellets in your boiling wort do you bag them
or just throw them in.. i just put mine in bag less ( first extract brew)
I ghess thay settle out.
Cheers Daza
Basically it's up to you. Folks here will give you the pros and cons of both sides of the issue.

I just throw the pellets in and let the boil roll them around - the theory being that this increases the extraction of the bittering oils/resins/magic hop juice. Others bag them and throw them in. Both work.
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Old 04-16-2006, 02:18 AM   #3
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just dont put Nelson Sauvin hops in a bag! (just kidding)...Some people bag 'em to keep 'em out of thier primary, but i dont...it would seem to be a big pain in the butt to do that, and the supposed deleterious effects of having them end up in the primary is debatable, and/or negligible at best...

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Old 04-16-2006, 06:17 AM   #4
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just dont put Nelson Sauvin hops in a bag! (just kidding)...Some people bag 'em to keep 'em out of thier primary, but i dont...it would seem to be a big pain in the butt to do that, and the supposed deleterious effects of having them end up in the primary is debatable, and/or negligible at best...
hahahaha dont put Nelson Sauvin hops in a bag! well i didnt so i was lucky
Oh well its all done now smells good tastes good boy it will be good when it turns into beer
Thanks for ya help guys
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:01 AM   #5
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I have a question about hop pellets too:

I got my first kit from UPS today, its LME w/ crushed grains from Northern Brewer and it came with hop pellets, and a 125 mL Wyeast Smack Pak (cool). I tossed the Smack Pak in the fridge for storage.

Should I put the hop pellets in the fridge too? I guess it probably wouldn't hurt them, but I don't know if it'll help them?

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Old 04-18-2006, 05:52 AM   #6
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Yes keep them in the fridge. The hop oils deteriorate faster at room temperature. The freezer is best for long-term storage. The only time my hops spend not in the fridge is in the car ride home from the LHBS and when I take them out to brew.

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Old 04-18-2006, 12:13 PM   #7
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For styles with a small amount of hops, I just throw them in. Everytime you siphon/rack, you have an opportunity to leave that trub behind, so it's no big deal.

But for an IPA or something, where you're adding a lot of hops over the course of the boil, I prefer to use bags. (Or else use whole hops if possible).

You do lose a little efficiency extracting the alpa acids and other desirable things from the hops when you use a bag. Beer Recipator or any of the commercial software programs will adjust hop amounts for you according to whether you're using a bag or not.

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I have clogging problems with the torpedo tube when I use large amounts of pellet hops, so if I'm making an IPA or barleywine I bag them, otherwise no.

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I have clogging problems with the torpedo tube when I use large amounts of pellet hops, so if I'm making an IPA or barleywine I bag them, otherwise no.

I may have to bag my hops in my next IPA, I noticed a lot of Trub in my first one and the second I used an auto siphon and a strainer to keep most of the sediment out of the fermenter. I thought it would be sacreligious to bag hops .

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Old 04-18-2006, 09:02 PM   #10
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I posted a similar question a little while ago with similar responses. I currently have on tap one beer that I used the bag for my hops and one that I didn't. They both taste great. It's hard to compare them as they are different beers. But, as long as I didn't drink one and say "this is horrible, I should have used the bag" or vice-versa, I consider it a success. I guess my rambling point is that both methods seemed to work fine for me.

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