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Old 11-04-2011, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default Bitter: Pellet and/or Whole hops Question

Ok so I plan on brewing a bitter this Saturday.

6lb 2-row
.5lb c-120
.25 special roast

I have 2-oz of E.K. Golding pellet and 2-oz E.K. Golding whole hops (that I was greatfully given). My hop schedule was originally with pellets as follows:

1oz @ 60 min - 20 IBU
.5oz @ 30 min - 8 IBU
.5oz @ 1 min - 0 IBU

Since I was given the whole hops I was thinking on changing it to:

1oz pellet hops @ 60 min - 20 IBU
.6oz (16 grams) whole hops @ 30 min - 8 IBU
.75oz (21 grams) whole hops @ 1 min - 1 IBU

I read several places u get 10% better utilization from pellet than whole hops. Both pellet and whole hops are 5%AA.
Any advice? I've never used fresh hops before....


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Old 11-04-2011, 03:23 AM   #2
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Both schedules look perfectly fine, they are so similar that I doubt you could really tell much difference between the two in a finished product.

I use both pellet and whole leaf EKG hops quite often and I generally stick to using pellets for boil additions and the leaf hops for dryhopping, as I find they give a slightly cleaner hop aroma than the pellets. I'd just use whatever hops you think are in the best shape and go from there. Recipe looks good too.
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