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Old 05-29-2008, 02:03 AM   #1
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What is the difference in usage between leaf and pellet hops? Beersmith just shows a slight change in IBU's when I switch between pellets and leaf. Is that the only difference?

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Old 05-29-2008, 02:19 AM   #2
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You get about 10% better utilization with pellet over leaf. Some claim you get better aroma with leaf over pellet but I've never used anything other than pellet so I can't comment on that.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:23 AM   #3
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I've used them both. The pellets are more powerful and easier to use.

Also, since they are (crushed) solid I think they stay fresher longer with all the air pressed out.

Even the big guys use pellets.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:58 AM   #4
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Alrighty, that's what I was thinking, but just wanted to make sure.

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Old 05-29-2008, 03:37 AM   #5
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I've used both, but IMHO pellets are a PITA! I've only used them a time or two, but they clog my fine mesh strainer going into the fermenter. With whole leaf hops the wort seems to just flow right through and doesn't get clogged. But, to each his own...I believe some on here have hop bags of various types to keep the particulate matter out of the wort. But for me, if I have the choice I'll pick leaf...but it's just that the selections I want aren't always available except in pellet.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:31 AM   #6
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Whole hops steal a lot more wort than pellets. I did an IPA that I used 3oz of leaf hops in addition to pellets. I swear I must have lost a gallon of beer to them =( But the IPA was gooooooood
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:35 PM   #7
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Both have pros and cons.

Leaf hops / plugs: Easier to remove from the wort, no grinding or heating involved in processing and they look cooler (not like rabbit pellets) but give slightly less extraction, oxidize more easily and take up more room.

Pellets: Slightly better extraction, better storage characteristics (less surface exposed to air/oxygen when stored) but are harder to remove from the wort (some will make it into the fermenter, this can be solved when doing the secondary fermentation) and some say the pelletization process hurts the hops because of the heat used in the pelletization (not that I have ever noticed a huge difference though).

Personally, I prefer leaf hops (when I can get them).. There's just something about those leaves rolling around in the kettle, and the fact that they haven't been ground to a pulp...

 
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:51 PM   #8
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I've used them both. The pellets are more powerful and easier to use.

Also, since they are (crushed) solid I think they stay fresher longer with all the air pressed out.

Even the big guys use pellets.
Some of the big guys use hop oil extract...

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Old 03-29-2012, 04:01 PM   #9
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Bringing this thread back only because I did not want to start a new one if it was already discussed (I am sure it has had thousands of threads and may even be in a sticky, but I am short on time).

So does anybody notice the difference in pellet vs. leaf vs. oil extract? I mean I always do a 5 or 10 gallon batch, so I am sure it doesn't change as much as I think. But don't the oz. differences come into factor? Like if I used 2 oz East Kent Golding leaf and 2 oz East Kent Golding pellet, would it be a difference?

Anyway, thanks for any info.
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Bringing this thread back only because I did not want to start a new one if it was already discussed (I am sure it has had thousands of threads and may even be in a sticky, but I am short on time).

So does anybody notice the difference in pellet vs. leaf vs. oil extract? I mean I always do a 5 or 10 gallon batch, so I am sure it doesn't change as much as I think. But don't the oz. differences come into factor? Like if I used 2 oz East Kent Golding leaf and 2 oz East Kent Golding pellet, would it be a difference?

Anyway, thanks for any info.
If they have different extraction rates, then I would think there would have to be a difference. Is this difference large enough to taste the difference? Debateable.

I'm more concerned with dryhopping pellets vs leaf and whether or not leaf could oxidize finished beer. Anybody have thoughts on that?

 
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