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Old 02-14-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Do you all put your hops directly into the wort or do you boil them in a steeping bag? I have been using a steep bag but it comes out with only about half as much comes out the rest stays in the wort. Wouldn't this affect the bitterness?

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Old 02-14-2007, 06:39 PM   #2
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If you bag the hops up too tight it will definitely affect the bitterness levels. If I'm using whole or plugs, a lot of times I'll put them in a BIG bag so they are not bunched up at all.....I've seen no difference doing it this way compared to directly adding them to the boil the straining them out.

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Old 02-14-2007, 06:49 PM   #3
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I always throw em right in the wort. They settle out inthe prmiary and secondary. You can filter if you want, but I am too lazy.

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Old 02-14-2007, 06:58 PM   #4
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I always throw em right in the wort. They settle out inthe prmiary and secondary. You can filter if you want, but I am too lazy.
Ditto - I throw 'em right in - they find their way out eventually.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:26 AM   #5
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I throw them into the wort without bagging.. They only time I have ever used a bag was when I was using whole hops because that can make racking a pain due to the stopping up effect...

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Old 02-15-2007, 11:45 AM   #6
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Its fun to add the hops directly to the boiling wort.

They (the pellets I used) instantly dissolved and made green foam which took 10 seconds to rise to the top. Be prepared to stand over the pop stirring for the entire hour of boiling.

Then I poured the wort into my primary through a boil bag as a screen. Once no no more would go through that boil bag, my friend picked it up and gave it a good squeeze.

Then I put another boil bag into the funnel and we poured some more. Took about 7-10 bags to do the whole batch.

Other people use screens but I wanted to squeeze every last drop of juiciness out.

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Old 02-15-2007, 03:53 PM   #7
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mmm... hop juice

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