Originally Posted by chiteface
The reason I don't squeeze is because that's the most critical time in terms of avoiding infection. I don't think you are getting any more effect out of the hops at that point. What are you trying to accomplish by doing that?
I am using my sanitized stir stick to squeeze the hop sock so there is no risk of infection and if there is any hop bitternes/flavor/aroma left in that sock, I want to get it out. It's just my process. Works for me.