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Old 04-02-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Well...for a slight introduction, Im just getting into homebrewing after a long time of debating where to spend my limited income. Now that Ive started, Im throughly satisfied with my decision. Now to my question. With pelletted hops added during the boil with the malt extract, is it necessary to filter before fermenting? Two sources I have now are giving me two different opinions. Any help would be appreciated.



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Old 04-02-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
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Absolutely necessary? No. A good idea? Yes.



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Old 04-02-2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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So what kind of consequences can I look forward to suffering if i didnt filter?

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Not much, it will take longer to clear and the aroma profile will change a little.

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Old 04-02-2007, 05:48 PM   #5
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I use a nylon strainer that goes on top of my primary bucket. It has an elastic band, but I still use 6 clothes pins to hold the weight of the water and hops.

Around $6 at your local HBS.

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Old 04-02-2007, 06:29 PM   #6
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For my first few brews I just dumped them right in the primary with no ill effects. Now I use a strainer that I pour through, it removes 99% of the hop and break material and helps with aeration.

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This past brew I used a mesh nylon bag, put the pelleted hops in and dropped it in the boiler with the end hanging over the side. I opened the end up and added my aroma hop pellets a little later and when I was done, I just pulled the whole bag out, squeezed it with a rubber glove on (was hot) and let the good stuff drip out. Was easy, and I think it worked great. I could smell the hops cooking just like when I used to add them straight to the boil.

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I never filter and still get good results.

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When i was done boiling all my hops were stuck up on the side of the pot from the bubbling...is this bad because they werent at the bottom?

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Old 04-02-2007, 07:17 PM   #10
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I was wondering about this, pelletized hops turn into a mashed hop after boiling. How fine of a mesh do you get for this? When its in the nylon bag it kind of clumps together, but in the pot I would imagine it would kinda of be finer and harder to filter.



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