7$ is expensive! I know there used to be only like 1-2 plug machines in the US but they were never that much more than pellets or whole. I like plugs for flavor/aroma, I think they are almost as good as whole for that purpose.
I break them up and sprinkle them on top of the boiling wort. You don't have to but they take some time to break apart on thier own.
Secondary: DogFish 60 Clone
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