I posted a thread on this topic awhile back but didn't get much feedback so if you think you have read this question before...you have
I feel my beers are never that hoppy. Granted, I haven't been making really hoppy beer styles, like IPA's, but still, they seem a bit under hopped. I normally use pellets hops and I put them in muslin bags so I don't have to deal with the straining later. Does anyone think muslin bags hinder the release of the hops flavor and bitterness?
I should also add that because I was being cheap and didn't want to waste excess muslin bag I normally cut and tie one bag into two, for different hop additions. This creates a smaller bag that when removed after the boil, the hops have swollen to a tight fit inside the bag. I think this may be retaining some hoppyness....but I wonder if when using a whole bag this is still a problem, and I should just add the hops freely?
Since I am making an IPA as my next brew I figured I should get to the bottom of this. ..Maybe I just need to add more hops...