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Old 09-23-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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Is it okay to use those screen mesh hop balls that some HBS's sell? I've been using them but I'm worried about utilization. They dont get a lot of play inside those hop balls by the time they've expanded with fluid, it seems like. Dry, they take up about half the space in there.

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Old 09-23-2006, 09:56 PM   #2
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You're right, your utilization goes waaay down when you use those things. It's best to figure out a way to handle the hops loose and go with that. The hopstopper is a dream when it comes to that.

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Old 09-23-2006, 09:58 PM   #3
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way way down? uh oh. well i just brewed a fat tire clone using them. do you think it's gonna suck now?

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Nah, it won't suck. I bet the next one will be much better though. A big part of utilizing hops comes from them banging around in the wort.

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Old 09-24-2006, 05:20 PM   #5
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Does it help that i kept swishing the ball around in the wort with my spoon? i tried to beat it up pretty good. think it makes much difference?

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Well, that's better than if you didn't knock it about, but I don't think it's any substitution for loose hops. Relax, fix it next time.

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Old 09-24-2006, 07:35 PM   #7
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why is such a product available if the concensus is quite clearly oposed to using it?

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Old 09-24-2006, 07:39 PM   #8
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good question...

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$$$$$$$$$$ Someone, somewhere gets that when you buy a hop ball...

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Old 09-24-2006, 09:03 PM   #10
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Hey... speakin of the hop utilization... anyone know if i shoul dry hop in the secondary to compensate for using hop balls on bittering and aroma hops in my recent brew?

it's a Fat Tire clone, and had 1oz Brewer's Gold bittering hops and 1oz Saaz aroma hops.

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