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Old 10-05-2009, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default How much wort do whole/plug hops soak up?

Long time brewer but first time posting, most of my questions I can already find answered here. I use pellets for bittering and plugs or whole hops for late additions and dry hopping, but am always left guessing about how much wort I should anticipate loosing from them. Does anyone know roughly how much, say, an ounce of whole hops would soak up? Thanks.


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Old 10-05-2009, 08:00 PM   #2
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I think, in addition to absorption, it's a matter of how much of the trub you feel like leaving behind. I used homegrown whole hops the first time this weekend and got a significant amount less in the fermenter because i didn't factor in what seemed like more trub than usual.


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Old 10-05-2009, 08:08 PM   #3
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As discussed on another thread many of us HB'ers are hop squeezers. If you contain them in a bag while brewing you can then squeeze the bag to extract most of the liquid. Not sure how to estimate due to many different factors such as how long they were in the boil, how intact they were to begin with, age of hops, handling, etc.
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Dried hops are about 20% the weight of fresh hops, so an ounce of dried hops will absorb four times its weight.
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As discussed on another thread many of us HB'ers are hop squeezers. If you contain them in a bag while brewing you can then squeeze the bag to extract most of the liquid. Not sure how to estimate due to many different factors such as how long they were in the boil, how intact they were to begin with, age of hops, handling, etc.
SWMBO is a bag squeezer!!!


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Old 10-05-2009, 11:23 PM   #6
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My last batch had .11 gallons per ounce for dry whole hops. It was 4 oz Cascade.
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See http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/whol...orption-16460/
Isn't google wonderful.
However, this applies to whole hops used in the boil, rather than dry hopping.
Dry hopping may be a bit different.

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SWMBO is a bag squeezer!!!


sounds painful lmao


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