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Ron Siddall
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Username: El_cid

Post Number: 310
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 198.135.241.18
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 05:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anyone have any success using pellet hops in hop bags during the boil?
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Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 2771
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 05:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

kidding right????
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Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1389
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.236.30.56
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 05:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Our own Mr. Pierce recommends using knee-high stockings as hop bags when using pellets.

Al Korzonas recommends upping the dosage about 10 percent.
 

Dave Bossie
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Username: Boss_brew

Post Number: 194
Registered: 05-2005
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Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 06:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Regular hop bags from home brew shop don't work very well. They're coarse enough to let a lot through, as I found out the hard way at Big Brew...
 

Little Dipper
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Post Number: 235
Registered: 02-2004
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Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Panty hose, as mentioned above, work great. Just limit each one to around 1 oz. of hops or so - otherwise you get a dry ball in the middle that doesn't get utilized. That said, I no longer use them. I just pitch the pellets directly into the wort then let things settle before transferring out of the boiler to the fermenter.
 

Peter Roman
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Username: Lilbordr

Post Number: 994
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 12.2.115.11
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 07:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use nylon hop bags from my LHBS. They work great for me. I use the HBD recipator to formulate my hop schedules. All I do is add 'PB' to the field after the hop name which tells the calculator that I am using pellets in a hop bag.
Cheers!
Peter 'the kid' Roman
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7059
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 07:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just racked the mild ale I brewed on Tuesday (low gravity beers ferment quickly). It was bittered to 20 IBUs and there were three hop additions for a total of only 2.5 oz. for 10 gallons. As Paul mentions, I use women's knee-high sheer hose (not quite the same as panty hose) with pellets. At the dollar store they are cheap enough to be considered disposable. The wort was very clean going into the fermenter, and the yeast I harvested (Wyeast 1469 flocculates well) had virtually no hop trub.

As for the decrease in utilization due to the bags, I figure it just about cancels the increase from the pellets (I don't use more than 1.5 oz. per bag). I generally use the calculated values for whole hops. Judging by the beer I sampled during racking, I'd say my calculated bittering value is very close.
 

PaulK
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Username: Paulk

Post Number: 633
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007 - 09:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have found one gallon paint straining bags from Home Depot to be the best solution yet. Nice fine mesh and even with a couple ounces of hops in one bag there's plenty of room for them to move about and interact with the wort.
 

Tim Copeland
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Username: Hammer

Post Number: 99
Registered: 04-2003
Posted From: 70.50.40.111
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Shoe stores will sometimes sell you a box of approx 150 nylon socks (they ask customers to use them if they come in bare foot). They are white and have no dies in them. Last time a bought a pair of shoes I asked about buying some and they just threw in a few dozen with the shoes.
They are a bit smaller than the knee highs but work fine with an OZ of pellets
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 4326
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 04:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My only experience with leaf hops in bags told me that utilization goes way down compared to pellet hops. Any others?

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Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7062
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 05:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have never found it necessary to use hop bags with leaf hops. They form a good filter bed for the trub.
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 4327
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 10:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Exactly, Bill.

One can babble on for hours about subtleties, but I have found that, far and away, the biggest difference between leaf and pellet hops is the method of separation. Leaf strain well but don't settle very well. The opposite is true of pellets.

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