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Old 09-01-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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I am a home brewing noob. I mad my third batch of beer from a kit that had me add pelitized hops in the boil. That is the first time I have had to do this. My question is should I have filtered out the hops before transferring it to the fermenter? from what i have read it seems to be a fifty fifty think some do and some done. What are the pros and cons?

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Old 09-01-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
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You want to try to remove as much as possible. This is because you will pull out grassy, nasty flavors if it sits in the fermentor. Dry hopping is a different story all together and is when you add new hops to the fermenter for 7 days after fermentation is complete to add a nice aroma and some flavor.

How do you transfer from your kettle to your fermentor?

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Some people do and some don't. I started to a while back just to keep the trub down. Recently built a hop spider as well so I don't burn them fingertips anymore.

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You want to try to remove as much as possible. This is because you will pull out grassy, nasty flavors if it sits in the fermentor. Dry hopping is a different story all together and is when you add new hops to the fermenter for 7 days after fermentation is complete to add a nice aroma and some flavor.

How do you transfer from your kettle to your fermentor?

That's interesting, because I never heard that before. I don't filter out my hops (except for leaf hops that clog my March pump) and my beer has been ok so far without "grassy nasty flavors" from hops debris in the fermenter.

All of my wort tends to go right into the fermenter, unless there is a ton of sludge and hot break that settles in the bottom and it's easy to avoid. Otherwise, it just all goes right into the fermenter and settles out with the trub.
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I dump'em in and let'em sit as well. No problems so far...happy brewin'!

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great beer results either way.

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If I were you, I'd buy a nylon mesh bag. It cost $4 at my local brew shop, and it is re-usable. Mine came in a size that fits a 5 gallon container. If you line the container you are racking into with this, you will removed 99% of the debris when you remove it at the end.

I make my life even easier by simply racking with the bag around my racking cane....The nylon is heat tolerant.

This is a nice method because you can just throw your hops loose into your boil and leave them in the primary. Of course this does require racking to a secondary.

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That's interesting, because I never heard that before. I don't filter out my hops (except for leaf hops that clog my March pump) and my beer has been ok so far without "grassy nasty flavors" from hops debris in the fermenter.

All of my wort tends to go right into the fermenter, unless there is a ton of sludge and hot break that settles in the bottom and it's easy to avoid. Otherwise, it just all goes right into the fermenter and settles out with the trub.
You never heard that before? Certainly people leave them in there, but it is generally a good idea to remove break, trub and boil hops before you go into your fermentor. Now does it always effect it negatively, no. But if you think about it, you wouldn't dry hop longer than 7 days (at least try not to) so why would you want your boil hops to sit in there for the length of your fermentation plus the time that you let your beer clear. We're usually talking 10 days or more here?
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That's interesting, because I never heard that before. I don't filter out my hops (except for leaf hops that clog my March pump) and my beer has been ok so far without "grassy nasty flavors" from hops debris in the fermenter.

All of my wort tends to go right into the fermenter, unless there is a ton of sludge and hot break that settles in the bottom and it's easy to avoid. Otherwise, it just all goes right into the fermenter and settles out with the trub.
I agree with this 100%....I add hops loose into my boil, and let them hang out in my wort/beer until I'm ready to rack/bottle.
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I've heard folks warn of grassy-ness when dry hopping too long, but I haven't heard that about boiling hops

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