Originally Posted by BrutalBrew
I use extract w/steeping grains. Ive been using hop bags but worry about loss of flavoring. Can I get some pro's/con's opinions on the following
A) use of hop bags
B) free boil hops and strain them out when pouring into primary
C) free boil hops and leave them in primary bucket ( really wonder what flavors good or bad this will lead to)
You will find people either r use hop bags or let them swim free. I let them swim and then filter out when going to primary.
IMO I don't think there is a right or wrong way, it's really preference and what works best for your system/set up.
As for flavors, the hop debris just settles out in the primary with no consequence, some hop debris is beneficial for the yeast I've been told. Regardless, you'll never prevent 100% from getting in the primary.