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Old 06-18-2009, 07:47 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by noeldundas View Post
It might not be a huge problem if the wort bubbles and moves them around. Your utilization might suffer slightly.

Strictly by using a hopsack you're going to get different (generally lower) utilization than if you didn't. It might not be a serious effect though, and you can still make great beer with it.

I don't agree at all that your going to get different utilization than not using one.

I'm using 5 gallon paint strainer bags and those hops roll up and down freely throughout the entire boil. I can't imagine how I'm loosing anything with this method.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:03 AM   #12

Mr Shake, I think what was meant by that comment was that when you enclose your hops in a tiny sack (not a paint strainer) you are packing everything together so they don't have the same surface area effected by the beer. So, when using sacks like the kind you have to tie up, you definately lower utilization.

I myself don't worry about it. Too many people I see homebrewing are extremely paranoid about sediment. I toss all my hops right into the boil without a bag. Along with everything else I may be putting in the brew. When I transfer to primary, I dump the entire pot through a SS Strainer into the bucket. I suppose if you're using carboys for a primary it would be a little more difficult. By the time you chill your wort, most of that stuff should be in the bottom of your kettle anyways, so it's not difficult to dump.

Anyways, I find that this aerates my wort extremely well along with removing any sludge. By the time my beer hits my cup, it's crystal clear (I keg).
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