hop bag with pellets?

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i just finished my second AG and was wondering if you guys use hop bags for pellets. i just seem to get a lot of hop residue on the sides of the keggle after the hot break-i didnt know if this was effecting how much was being used for bittering and if i would be better off keeping the pellets in a bag?
 

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A bag will help with that for sure. Personally I don't add the hops until after the hot break. And when they do stick to the side I scrape them back into the kettle right away. If they're not in the wort they're not giving you anything after all.
 

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fermcap drops are great for keeping the hops off the sides too. I started using 1 drop per gallon and I have no hop residue clinging to the sides...also helps with the hot break.
 
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alright, maybe i'll start using some cheesecloth. do you guys skim off the hot break? last brew i had about 6 inches of foam (plenty of room since i do 5 gal in a keggle) and i was very tempted to grab all of it but like i said, hops...
 
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