All Things Randall: tips, hacks and best practices

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I'll admit I had some money burning a hole in my pocket, so I bought a Randall from Home Brew Stuff 10
While there are a handful of Randall threads here, I did not find one addressing tips, hacks and best practices for using them. So here's the place to do that.

I will admit, that I have not used mine yet, but just received 1 lb. of Centennial and 1 lb. of Azacca hole cone hops. So my plan is to give it a try this weekend with a 5.5% ABV IPA I have on tap that has lost some of its hop goodness (it is still delicious nonetheless).
 
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I finally tested out my hop Randall with Centennial hops and was not impressed. The beer just tasted grassy, not hoppy. Given my expectations of a really bright, hoppy aroma and flavor, I was sorely disappointed.
 
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There was significantly more foam than a regular pour, but I could live with that IF the hop flavor was what I had expected. The only other problem I had was that the rubber o-ring was broken and it took me a while to find a replacement that worked (prevented leaks). I will try it again one day with different hops, but the grassy flavor from the Centennial hops was very disappointing.
 

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There was significantly more foam than a regular pour, but I could live with that IF the hop flavor was what I had expected. The only other problem I had was that the rubber o-ring was broken and it took me a while to find a replacement that worked (prevented leaks). I will try it again one day with different hops, but the grassy flavor from the Centennial hops was very disappointing.

Have you tried pellets too? I think David Heath has a Youtube video where he put t90 pellets in a muslin bag inside the randall. Think it was Kegland’s new device not named Randall. I don’t know what differences one may get with leaf vs pellets, but the pellet & randall method could just be an alternative way to use post-boil hops.
 
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