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Old 12-26-2009, 05:48 AM   #1
Dec 2007
St. Cloud, MN
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When you add your pellet hops do you put them right in the boil, or do you put them in a hop bag? I have been using a bag since I started brewing and have wondered if I get full utilization this way. What is everyones thoughts and opinions on this?

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:33 AM   #2
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I just did a brew with hops straight into the boil and damn, there sure is a lot of hop sediment in my beer. I'm going to use bags from now on.

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:34 AM   #3
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I started with a bag. Now I just toss them. No reason, but after a good rolling boil one day the bag was just about empty anyway so I decided I didn't need it.

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Old 12-26-2009, 07:51 AM   #4
Sep 2009
Kirkland, WA
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the hop bags we use are pretty fine and keeps the pellet gunk in so that we don't have as much sediment to deal with. we've done it both ways and like using the bags for this reason.

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Old 12-26-2009, 07:54 AM   #5
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I just add them to the boil directly. Nowadays, I've been whirlpooling and leaving the sediment behind going to the fermenter. I used to just pour the whole mess in there, and that worked fine too.

Recently, been using a hop bag for dry hops to keep the floaties away from the racking cane for kegging. A couple of marbles in the bag keep the hop bag submerged, and I get plenty of dry-hop flavor & aroma.


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Old 12-26-2009, 01:58 PM   #6
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Usually depends on what I'm brewing. If it's a regular pale ale, I'll just toss them in. If I'm doing an IPA....I use a bag everytime. Waaaay to much sludge and gunk if I don't.

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Old 12-26-2009, 02:02 PM   #7
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I do like Hammy. I started tossing them long ago. But the first IIPA I did like that was a bit too much to go no bag.

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Old 12-26-2009, 02:50 PM   #8
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No bag, everything in the fermenter, time, gravity, and a hard cold crash always puts everthing on the bottom for a clean racking.

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Old 12-26-2009, 03:25 PM   #9
Nov 2009
Minnetonka, MN
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I don't use a bag. Eveything settles for me during my chill after the boil. I'll even dry hop with no bag and just give the secondary a good shake to get the hops moving around. I have never had a problem with doing things this way.

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Old 12-26-2009, 03:25 PM   #10
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straight in, hard cold crash and filter / whirlpool and leave the majority of the sediment behind.

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