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Old 06-25-2007, 10:54 PM   #1
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All I really have to say is what a damn mess! 9 ounces of hops over the 70 minutes boiling and trying to get all the wort out of the pot was interesting to say the least. I will be getting a screen of some sort for my valve before I try that again. It did smell pretty damn good though!

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Old 06-26-2007, 12:06 AM   #2
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All I really have to say is what a damn mess! 9 ounces of hops over the 70 minutes boiling and trying to get all the wort out of the pot was interesting to say the least. I will be getting a screen of some sort for my valve before I try that again. It did smell pretty damn good though!
Do you have some kind of Mash/lauter tun with a false bottom? I use one of those for a "hop back" of sorts. Sanitize it, then right at flameout, I pour the hot wort into it, and chill it right in the MLT. Then I just position the MLT's spigot over my funnel/strainer, which is sitting in the carboy neck, and I have a pretty simple ghetto hop-back.
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Do you have some kind of Mash/lauter tun with a false bottom? I use one of those for a "hop back" of sorts. Sanitize it, then right at flameout, I pour the hot wort into it, and chill it right in the MLT. Then I just position the MLT's spigot over my funnel/strainer, which is sitting in the carboy neck, and I have a pretty simple ghetto hop-back.
That's not such a bad idea. I'm getting my MLT built this week. I just need to build the CPVC manifold and it'll be done, but I'm thinking for the sake of convenience I might just get me a bazooka screen for my kettle and see how that goes. If it doesn't work well though, that's a pretty damn decent idea.
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Bazookas work well with whole hops, but tend to clog if you use pellets.

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Do you have some kind of Mash/lauter tun with a false bottom? I use one of those for a "hop back" of sorts. Sanitize it, then right at flameout, I pour the hot wort into it, and chill it right in the MLT. Then I just position the MLT's spigot over my funnel/strainer, which is sitting in the carboy neck, and I have a pretty simple ghetto hop-back.
Evan! I don't mean to jump in with an off topic question, nor do I mean to question your methods....But I kinda think I remember reading in a post somewhere here about sloshing your hot wort around was a bad thing. Something about oxidizing your wort.

I may not know what I'm talking about, and If this is a retarded question I apologize. I'm not yet completely familiar with all the techniques. But I figure the only way to learn is to ask questions.
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Evan! I don't mean to jump in with an off topic question, nor do I mean to question your methods....But I kinda think I remember reading in a post somewhere here about sloshing your hot wort around was a bad thing. Something about oxidizing your wort.

I may not know what I'm talking about, and If this is a retarded question I apologize. I'm not yet completely familiar with all the techniques. But I figure the only way to learn is to ask questions.
Not a retarded question at all. What you're referring to is called "hot side aeration". I just pour it carefully, and RDWHAHB. I've done this tons of times, and have yet to have it negatively affect a batch. You want to minimize sloshing, etc., while it's hot, but a quick pour from the kettle to another vessel is rarely going to be enough to make a difference.
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Not a retarded question at all. What you're referring to is called "hot side aeration". I just pour it carefully, and RDWHAHB. I've done this tons of times, and have yet to have it negatively affect a batch. You want to minimize sloshing, etc., while it's hot, but a quick pour from the kettle to another vessel is rarely going to be enough to make a difference.
I use the exact same method and agree with all the above info.
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There's nothing you can attach to a kettle drain that will stop 9oz of pellet hops and still allow wort to flow. If you chill in the kettle with an IC, it gets even worse.

Some realistic solutions include using a large hop bag for most of the pellet hops, using an equal mix of pellet/whole leaf (or all leaf), and whirlpooling and siphoning over the top. I suppose another one is to never use that many hops, but I'm afraid once you go hoppy, you never go back.

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There's nothing you can attach to a kettle drain that will stop 9oz of pellet hops and still allow wort to flow. If you chill in the kettle with an IC, it gets even worse.

Some realistic solutions include using a large hop bag for most of the pellet hops, using an equal mix of pellet/whole leaf (or all leaf), and whirlpooling and siphoning over the top. I suppose another one is to never use that many hops, but I'm afraid once you go hoppy, you never go back.
Well, living in the county that bring you Stone, it is hard not to appreciate some hops from time to time. I think the whole leaf option seems really reasonable. Sure, they're a bit more costly but I'll pay the extra 50 cents/2 ounces to keep the mess down. Using a hop bag is totally reasonable too. Like I said, it is all a learning experience!
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