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Jim O'Conner (64.70.24.207)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 07:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My LHBS wants $1.75 for one pellet hopsack. Not gonna happen. What other option for sacking pellets is there? I've been considering not even sacking them. It all settles out in the fermenter anyway, doesn't it?
 

davidw (209.107.44.126)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 07:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

. . . . Bill?
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 07:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don't bag 'em. Use knee high nylons like Bill does. Wait til the next time you're in Eugene and get 3/$1.35. Buy some muslin cheescloth and make 'em yourself....the options are many...
 

Karl Keyes (209.180.28.6)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I often'll pick up some paint straining bags from a local Sherwin-Williams or paint store. They're almost identical to the nylon hop bags you can get at your LHBS but a lot cheaper.
 

Jeremy S (205.188.208.75)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I too go with the knee high hop bags. White or ivory are the colors to go with I guess...unless you are brewing a stout then black will be OK. :)
I'm a cheapskate and I reuse them...I wonder how long they'll last?
 

Wykowski (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the muslin bags at my LHBS work fine for pellets, and only cost 10-25 cents (i can't remember exactly but it's next to nuthin')
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I buy women's sheer knee-high hose at the dollar store, usually two pairs for a buck. Muslin bags designed for steeping grain are not really fine enough for pellet hops; too much of the hop material makes its way through the mesh.
 

Bill Moore (68.210.130.197)
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm a knee high man myself. They work great. Been using the same ones for 4 batches and still going strong.
Only advice when using for dry hopping, is to add something like marbles to weight it down.
 

Wykowski (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 02:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>>>"marbles to weight it down"

I've never seen a reason to weigh-down the dry hops...letting them float works great

I use pellets in bags for dry hopping, and for some reason they float in the carboy...but they sink in the keg

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