Hop bag usage... - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Hop bag usage...

Thread Tools
Old 12-23-2008, 03:08 AM   #1
Dec 2008
Posts: 202
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts

I am used to tossing hop pellets into the kettle and watching them boil away. Now that I'm swtiching to brewing at home I gather that I need to either put the hops in little bags or perhaps filter them out ?

I was making up my final list of stuff to buy to get started again and saw that northernbrewer has muslin bags (meant to hold a few lbs of grain) for .50c or "hop bags" that were $4 each. Which bags should I use and do I need separate bags for each stage of hop addition?

Alternately should I just get a filter funnel and filter them out at that stage?


Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 03:35 AM   #2
Vendor and Brewer
Bobby_M's Avatar
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,380
Liked 1791 Times on 1139 Posts

Go to Lowes and get the 5 gallon nylon paint strainers for $2. Washable, reusable.
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
New Stirplates are IN!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 06:59 AM   #3
ifishsum's Avatar
Aug 2008
Portland OR
Posts: 1,447
Liked 9 Times on 8 Posts

Generally the 50c muslin bags are the hop bags, the $4 nylon reusable ones are for grain.
"If you're gonna be an ape, be a hairy one" - Spyder

Primary 2: Edwort's Robust Porter
Secondary 1: LW Pale Ale
Secondary 1: Blackened Soul RIS
Kegged: Dead Guy Ale
Kegged: Rye Pale Ale
Kegged: Haus Pale Ale
Kegged: Nut Brown Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber
Kegged: Jock Scott Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber

Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 07:44 AM   #4
Dec 2008
Temecula, CA
Posts: 36

can someone explain to me (noob) .. are we talking dry hopping, or are you supposed to actually use bags during the boil? i've just been tossing them in the kettle.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 07:54 AM   #5
BarleyWater's Avatar
Jan 2007
Armpit of Dallas (Irving), TX
Posts: 2,204
Liked 23 Times on 17 Posts

Originally Posted by MikeRobrew View Post
can someone explain to me (noob) .. are we talking dry hopping, or are you supposed to actually use bags during the boil? i've just been tossing them in the kettle.
Some people prefer a bag in the boil, other prefer no bag. It's really up to you. I usually free ball it.

Fermenting: Nada
On Tap:Cran Wit, Dr Pepper Dubbel, Cascadian Pale Ale, Dark Chocolate Stout, Imperial Stout, Brown Mild, Schwarzbier
On Board: IIPA


Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
5lb CO2 usage? Blank3d Bottling/Kegging 3 06-05-2009 08:57 PM
Gelatin Usage? RBChallenger Extract Brewing 6 06-03-2009 08:44 PM
Saflager S-23 Usage Rooster_P Recipes/Ingredients 23 05-29-2009 08:04 PM
Hop usage jrakich87 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-09-2008 07:46 PM
Help on hop usage. bs22619 Extract Brewing 5 04-11-2008 06:14 AM

Forum Jump