When I went to one of my second closest (1.5 hours away) homebrew store today and they had hop leaf plugs instead of hop pellets. The person behind the counter did not know whether they were equivalent to pellets so I set my hopes on "yes" as the answered and purchased the amount (2oz of Cascade) that I needed for my recipe.
Was that a mistake? Are leaf plugs and pellets fairly equivalent?
If I can get them I like leaf or plug. Pellets are slightly stronger as the glands are pre-broken and work better as a bittering hop. whole or plugs work best as a flavor or finish hop... it tastes "fresher" IMO.
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