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Old 02-09-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
May 2011
Osage, Iowa
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Every time I make IPA I use pellet hops, but of course for the amount an IPA needs, it creates a lot of sludge. Would it be a waste to use 6 plus oz. of whole hops? I assume they would soak up a lot of wort in the boil. This would be for a 5 gal. batch.

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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I prefer to use whole hops when i can. It definately reduces the sludge but unfortunately they're not quite as potent. You need use about 10% more.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:50 AM   #3
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just use some hop bags. Works great. I usually always use them for the initial bittering addition after that I just chuck the flavor and aroma hops in the boil. Helps to reduce sludge.

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:55 AM   #4
Dec 2010
Beaverton, OR
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use em. That's all we use for the most part here in the northwest. it wont hurt anything. they do absorb some wort but if you use a bag and let them drip out while cooling your fine. I use 4-6 oz all the time for 5 gal batches

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Old 02-09-2012, 02:57 AM   #5
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Anchorage, Alaska
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If you have a small brewpot, using all whole leaf hops can be a PITA with an IPA.

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Old 02-09-2012, 04:28 AM   #6
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Ames, Iowa
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use a bag and let it drain, you'll be fine.
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