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Old 06-24-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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My LHBS carries mainly pellet hops. I plan on upgrading to full boils and using a CFC to do the cooling. My system would be gravity fed. Would I need to use a hop-stopper of some sort? Should I use a hop-bag? Thanks for your help.

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Old 06-24-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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Use a hop bag, especially for pelletts, its the easiest and most efficient.

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Use a hop bag, especially for pelletts, its the easiest and most efficient.
So I must use a hop bag or my CFC will likely clog?
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:50 PM   #4
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I hope I'm not violating some protocol by adding my related question to this thread. I also used hop pellets in my last brew, and because of their milled nature they were clogging up my strainer totally, and not allowing the wort to flow through as I was putting it in the carboy. I was using the plastic snap-in filter that came with the funnel and I should have changed to the metal mesh strainer from the kitchen, but instead I just pulled out the plastic strainer and let it all go into the carboy.

What kind of impact does this have on the final product? It's a doppelbock fermenting at about 66 F at the moment. Been in there 3.5 days now.

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I use a hop bag all the time, just make sure it is tied good. I have not had any problems when using one.

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I hope I'm not violating some protocol by adding my related question to this thread. I also used hop pellets in my last brew, and because of their milled nature they were clogging up my strainer totally, and not allowing the wort to flow through as I was putting it in the carboy. I was using the plastic snap-in filter that came with the funnel and I should have changed to the metal mesh strainer from the kitchen, but instead I just pulled out the plastic strainer and let it all go into the carboy.

What kind of impact does this have on the final product? It's a doppelbock fermenting at about 66 F at the moment. Been in there 3.5 days now.
not much, most of it will settle into the cake, especially if you cold crash it. rack carefully to a secondary for a week if you really cant stand a few pieces of hop in your teeth.
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Or not. You can dump and leave the hops in the fermenter with no worries. They will settle out and will not hurt your beer in any way.

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Don't try to get 100% of the contents of your brewpot into the fermenter. I usually leave 1/4 gallon or so in the brewpot

Either siphon (with one of those autosiphons with the cap on the business end) or pour very slowly to minimize hops and trub in your fermenter.

What gets into your fermenter will settle out anyway, evne if looks awful initially.

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What gets into your fermenter will settle out anyway, evne if looks awful initially.
Will this be a problem if I want to wash and save my yeast for a future brew?
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I was using the plastic snap-in filter that came with the funnel and I should have changed to the metal mesh strainer from the kitchen, but instead I just pulled out the plastic strainer and let it all go into the carboy.
I pulled a similar maneuver on my batch last night. I felt fairly comfortable pouring most of the hop gunk in, since a good number of brewers seem to think it all settles out and it's all good. On the other hand, there seems to be more disagreement over this subject than almost any other...and that's a lot, because homebrewers disagree about everything. Some folks are using hop bags and siphoning to primary with a filter over their tubing...others are just going bombs away and dumping it all in the carboy. What gives? I'm not sure my question is really going anywhere. Maybe I just want to be reassured that my batch will be ok, because there's already a crazy amount of crud on the bottom.
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