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Old 12-12-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default it's been 3 weeks, woops! I forgot to take out the hops!

I went to check the gravity tonight and realized that I never even took out the mesh bags of hops ~ 3 weeks ago when I pitched! WOOPS!

So, what do you think? What's the worst that could happen? I tasted a sample and it tastes OK, the beer has more "floaties" in it than I would normally expect, but this was my first partial grain batch....so I also don't know exactly WHAT to expect. The 5 batches I've done before this I started with hopped syrup extract...

My initial impulse is to "strain" the beer as I pour it into the priming sugar and then bottle and see what happens.


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???

I don't use hop bags, and just dump everything in my primary and leave it for a month, and never had any issue with it.

I would be hesitant to "strain" anything at this stage of the game, the risk of oxydation is high now that the beer is fermenting.


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I don't quite understand the problem. You can rack the beer to the bottling bucket, without any problems from the hops. They won't clog your siphon.
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OK, sounds good. My concern was that according to the recipe instructions I was supposed to remove the mesh bags of hops right before pitching the yeast. I didn't do that, and so I was just making sure that leaving the hops in the fermenting beer would be OK.

Sounds like it should be no problem then. thanks for the quick responses, I can always rely on this site!
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OK, sounds good. My concern was that according to the recipe instructions I was supposed to remove the mesh bags of hops right before pitching the yeast. I didn't do that, and so I was just making sure that leaving the hops in the fermenting beer would be OK.

Sounds like it should be no problem then. thanks for the quick responses, I can always rely on this site!
Sure, it's fine. The bag was sanitized when it boiled in the wort. I don't bag my hops, so they usually just go into the fermenter with my wort. I think if they were in a bag, I'd probably notice and pull them out just because I saw it. But maybe not- I drink, you know!
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I've actually got a hunch, from my off-beat methods, that more hops and trub make for a better beer in the end.

I usually get enough wort that a partial batch gets left in a smaller fermentor. This frequently is where most of the trub and hops mush lands. On bottling day I give it a unique marking for the beer from that fermentor.

The beer from that fermentor seems to have a cleaner, crisper, more straight forward beer character.

...totally unscientific.....

How was the beer BTW?
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it was great!


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