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Old 08-16-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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Default Why is everyone telling me to tie the hop bags to the side of the pot during the boil

I have these small 6-inch hop bags that I am planning to use for my whole leaf hops, but there is one thing that I dont fully understand: why do people tell me to tie it to something..like the side of the kettle/handle of the kettle?

I am planning to throw them in, and the boiling should keep them in motion (that way it wont end up burnt at the bottom or maybe even at the side of the kettle....right?).
Once the boil is almost at an end....I'll fish them out. Is this viable?


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Old 08-16-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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They can plug the drain and they soak up a lot of wart so it's nice to tea bag them with a spoon. I don't tie them to the pot, I use a basket like this.


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Old 08-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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It makes it easier to pull them out when you're done brewing. They will be hot, soggy, and bloated with wort. If you pull them out before the pot is drained you can hold them up and let that hoppy goodness drain into your pot. If they're free-floating you have to fish around with your mash paddle and try to slide them along the side of the pot to get them out. They flop around like a dead fish and fall back into the pot. From my experience it's best to use a BYO Hop Spider. In my experience the PVC will start to sag into the pot as the temp increases so instead of using PVC, use a galvanized duct reducer that looks like this:
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #4
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I never secure them in any way. When I'm ready to fish them out, I use my brewing spoon and bring them to the surface, then grab the end and lift out. Of course, it can burn like the dickens so you may want to take precautions like maybe securing them to something. ;-)
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If you're using one of those cotton mesh hop socks, I'm not sure a 6" bag is big enough for whole leaf hops. I'd go with a paint strainer bag.
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I use the small hop socks for pellets. An ounce of whole leaf hops takes up too much more volume than pellets for those small sacks. I use the muslin grain sacks they give with extract with steeping grain kits & PM kits for whole leaf hops.
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paint strainer bag, clipped to the side with a large binder clip. I throw a couple of spoons in it to weigh it down. At the end of the boil I pull it up, and re-clip so it drains. When it is done draining right to the compost it goes.

To clean I turn it inside out, hose off what hop bits I can then let dry. After it it dry I can brush off the remaining material; then reuse.
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I put my dual layer fine mesh strainer over the kettle & let the hop socks drain. I bag the remains & toss'em in the garbage so the dogs don't get into them. Hops are poisonous to dogs,so I don't leave them loose. The muslin socks get rinsed well after draining to remove more loose bits. Then I boil them in clean water till the water turns green to clean'em a bit.
Then soak for a few days in a small airtight container of PBW to get'em white again. The nylon bags I use for grains rinse off in a sink of water quick-n-easy.
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I have these small 6-inch hop bags that I am planning to use for my whole leaf hops, but there is one thing that I dont fully understand: why do people tell me to tie it to something..like the side of the kettle/handle of the kettle?

I am planning to throw them in, and the boiling should keep them in motion (that way it wont end up burnt at the bottom or maybe even at the side of the kettle....right?).
Once the boil is almost at an end....I'll fish them out. Is this viable?
Yes, this is viable IMHO.
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If you're using one of those cotton mesh hop socks, I'm not sure a 6" bag is big enough for whole leaf hops. I'd go with a paint strainer bag.
hi there.

Thanks for the reply. I use several small bags. So, I think I will be on the safe side.


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