Originally Posted by slogger
Does much of the hop pellet material escape? I bought one and it seems to me that a lot of hops could get out where the seem is.
Not really; have only used them twice so far in keg hopping. The first had NO hop material in my beer. The second I had a lot for about the first gallon; that was due to one of the herb/hop/tea balls opening. After the first gallon or so the beer was clear.
I do not use the balls in the boil... I just throw the hops in. Usually, the first cup or so out of the kettle is captured for a hydro reading and after that runs pretty clear. At the very end I cut off the valve when I start seeing trub in the line. Anything that makes it into the fermentor settles out in primary (usually very little trub in the yeast cake).
I like the herb balls, my only recommendation is if using them for kegs is to buy the biggest one you can fit through the lid! They do not hold many hops. I chain mine together and use multiple if using much more than 1/2oz.