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Old 03-15-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Is there a huge difference between pellets and leaf?

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Old 03-15-2009, 01:17 PM   #3
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Yes, huge difference.



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Old 03-15-2009, 01:21 PM   #4
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I think there is a huge difference in the two. Especially aroma qualities in the finished product.

For use in the boil, pellets seem more concentrated to me (more than the 10%) when used for bittering.

If I had my druthers, I'd use whole hops 100% of the time. Especially for late kettle additions and ESPECIALLY for dry hopping.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:55 PM   #5
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Is there much difference in long term storing of pellet vs leaf? I am tinking about making a bulk buy.

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Old 04-15-2009, 07:58 PM   #6
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Volume...leaf take up a crap load of room!

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Old 04-15-2009, 07:58 PM   #7
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I've never used whole leaf hops, I'd certainly like to try them though. My understanding is that the only real difference is as Yooper said though. Though physical differences mean some systems will handle one type better than the other. Pellet hops are tough to strain out of the kettle for example.

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Old 04-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #8
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I prefer pellets. Their more readily available (for me anyway), you get more utilization out of them, and their easy to work with (easy to pour into a carboy for dry hopping, for example). Many purists are die-hard whole hop users, but I'm just not sure it makes that much of a difference. For each his own.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:12 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Dionysos911 View Post
Is there much difference in long term storing of pellet vs leaf? I am tinking about making a bulk buy.
Leaf hops don't hold up nearly as long.

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Old 04-15-2009, 08:18 PM   #10
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I only use leaf, works well in my system to filter them out, and I like them for dryhop better. They will last as long as pellet if stored correctly (vacuum packed in the freezer). I buy 1lb packages usually and vacuum seal them into 1 oz bags.
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