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Old 02-11-2009, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Hops... Throw em in or bag em' in...

Just wondering.
the last few brews we did we simply tossed the hops in at their respective time.. say 45 mins and 15 mins...
should I bag em'
I understand that utilization will be best if the're tossed in but it seems that it'll throw the expected ibu off.

Our last honey-b clone is a bit more bitter than I'd expect.. perhaps just caused by it being in it's youth.

I was expecting a more malty brew...

It's tasty anyway... but not all my friends are hop-heads like I am...

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Old 02-11-2009, 01:21 PM   #2
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I use whole hops pretty regularly, so I use a hop bag like this:



4-to-3 inch CPVC coupler, a couple carriage bolts for the supports, and a paint strainer bag attached with a worm clamp.

Nice and easy.

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Old 02-11-2009, 01:24 PM   #3
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I've done both. I don't know if it makes a difference.

I like tossing the whole leaf hops and plugs because you can strain them out easily and it is cool to watch them float.

I've used bags with pellets as well as just tossed them in. I don't know that I can detect a difference in bittering efficiency.

I've been told that you don't want much hop residue in the fermenter, and I've done that both ways as well--carefully siphon wort into fermenter as well as toss all hop residue and hot/cold break into fermenter. Again, I don't know that I can tell a difference one way or the other.

I'm not saying there isn't a difference, just that I haven't been able to detect one.

Anyone else have an opinion?

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I like that set up.

What's a 'Worm Clamp'? Is that like a hose clamp where the circular metal band gets its circumference reduced and tightened by the screw?

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Old 02-11-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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I just toss 'em in. If I use a bunch of leaf hops, I'll strain a bunch out after cooling the wort. However, I now use pellets much more than leaf hops, so I don't worry about it so much.


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What's a 'Worm Clamp'? Is that like a hose clamp where the circular metal band gets its circumference reduced and tightened by the screw?
Exactly.



When I use pellet hops, I just toss 'em in. The paint strainer is pretty worthless with pellet hops.
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Pellets are by far the easier way to go, but I really like whole hops as well; no matter which I use I strain going into the carboy.

Whole hops can be a real PITA since they get stuck all over the coils of immersion chillers and take a long time to strain out when going into the carboy. For my next brew on the weekend using whole hops, I'm going the bag route

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Old 02-11-2009, 01:53 PM   #8
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If you go the suspended hop bag route, I'd recommend CPVC or Metal. My PVC one melted on me during a long boil.

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If you go the suspended hop bag route, I'd recommend CPVC or Metal. My PVC one melted on me during a long boil.
I remember you posting on that before, Soper! Mine is actually CPVC, I'll edit my OP....no problems yet after 10+ batches on this rig!
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Ya, I just toss 'em in and then stain it while it goes into the fermentor.

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