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Old 02-03-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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OK, I have always used Hop Bags but my beers have always seemed to be low on hops. This week I decided not to use the hop bags because I heard you get increased utilization. I turned by whirlpool immersion chiller on and hoped to leave some hops behind. When I looked in the kettle after transfering, nothing. All the hops ended up in my primary.

So ... Do you use Hop Bags or Not????


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Old 02-03-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
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Nope, I just toss them in. I dont really worry about any of it getting into my primary.


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Old 02-03-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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I use a 5-gallon paint strainer. I've no issues with utilization and my wort is crystal clear going into the fermenter.

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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I used cheese cloth bags the first two times. It makes for a clean yeast cake in primary, but I think the hop flavor came through just fine. This last time I've been forced to dump in without bags, and there is still the issue of Dry Hop too. So Time will tell, but as it's also a different recipie... well it's an apple and oranges thing.

However I will say this, transfering to primary the trub at the bottom of my kettle was far more than I would have liked... so there's one pluss for the bags.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:04 PM   #5
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I've done it both ways for the same recipe, and can't tell a difference. So for me it's hop bags. If you tie the bag up loose enough it shouldn't be an issue. I don't like to have the hops go into the primary, so bags make life a lot easier for me.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:07 PM   #6
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+1 with BM.

Bag it and forget about it.







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Old 02-03-2009, 08:26 PM   #8
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I use a big SS Tea Ball for the 60/45 or 30 min additions. Late addition and Flameout addition just get dropped in. I am just using pellets for now
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:09 PM   #9
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I use a bag with leaf. No bag with pellets.
+1 to this. I used leaf for the first time a week ago and DID NOT use a bag. Not going into the whole story, but it was a bad experience. The leaf clogged the ball valve on my kettle, so I had to pick up the whole damn thing and dump it through a strainer. Luckly my wife was home to help me stir the wort through the strainer, or I would have had quite a mess! For now on, I'm using a bag for leaf!
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #10
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Right now, I use those little tea ball thingies, no more than 1/2 oz per ball.

But then, I am not a hop-aholic.



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