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Old 07-18-2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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Man, I wish I had known long ago!

Don't get me wrong, hop pellets have served me well, but man I love me some whole hops.

The thing I loved so much was pouring the boil kettle into the fermenter. I can't believe how quick and easy it was! I was able to do it all myself through the strainer and funnel, because the strainer didn't keep clogging up with the hop pellets. No more pellets for me! Woohoo!

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Old 07-18-2007, 01:17 AM   #2
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I used whoel hops a while back and lost ALOT of wort to them. I knew that was going to happen and I boiled all I could fit in my pot. Probably going to do pellets until I get a keggle with a false bottom.

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Old 07-18-2007, 01:57 AM   #3
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Another thing that hops are good for are a chew substitute. I love letting one sit in my lip for a while till I start to get a little wonderfulness out of it. Don't keep in their too long with a sensitive mouth, might burn a hole through you cheek

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:26 AM   #4
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Whole hops are the way! I switched years ago...actually I think I only used pellets a few times ever. Quality whole hops are easier to use and taste/smell way better.

After all, you don't crush up, grind, powder and compress a dozen roses for your special lady friend on Valentines day. Why would you do that to hops?

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:56 AM   #5
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my sabco has a bazooka tube in it, and all I use are whole hops in that. My 5 gallon setup doesnt have a hop strainer, so I use pellets in that one

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Old 07-18-2007, 03:44 AM   #6
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Welcome to the darkside.

I think whole hops are far superior.
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:46 AM   #7
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I agree with Dude. I love dry hopping with them. The only time I buy pellets is when it's the only form I can get for that variety. You will lose some liquid, but I always get at least 5.5 gallons after the boil so it works out fine.
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:49 AM   #8
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I don't mind losing a little wort to whole hop absorption...I love the advantages! They never wind up in the fermenter, and they help build a "filter bed" to keep the hot break out, too! I dread resorting to pellets when I can't find what I want in whole hops.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:27 AM   #9
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I use both. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

I prefer pellets for bittering as you get about 10% more utilization of the alpha acids and easier to weigh out accurately. They are also more stable and keep longer. For flavour and aroma I prefer whole hops but will use pellets if they are the only type available for the variety I need. For dry hopping I only use whole hops.

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:10 PM   #10
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I'm 100% with GT. Pellets can be a pain clogging a bazooka, but for high bittering levels they can't be beat.
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