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Title: Whole leaf hops
Post by: factory on March 05, 2013, 03:22:07 PM
This weekend I'm going to try using whole leaf hops for the first time.  I have a bazooka screen in my boil kettle, do I need to worry about the screen getting clogged?  Should I use a hop bag?
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: blatz on March 05, 2013, 03:24:46 PM
This weekend I'm going to try using whole leaf hops for the first time.  I have a bazooka screen in my boil kettle, do I need to worry about the screen getting clogged?  Should I use a hop bag?

i never had a problem with whole and my bazooka - used that system for almost 6 years.
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: factory on March 05, 2013, 03:46:21 PM
Thanks, I figured that I would be OK, but you never know.
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: davidgzach on March 05, 2013, 03:51:22 PM
If you are worried about it and/or want an easier clean-up, clip a paint strainer bag to rim of the kettle.
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: factory on March 05, 2013, 06:41:06 PM
If you are worried about it and/or want an easier clean-up, clip a paint strainer bag to rim of the kettle.

Do you clip the bag closed and hang it from the side during the boil?
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: gman23 on March 05, 2013, 08:43:28 PM
If you are worried about it and/or want an easier clean-up, clip a paint strainer bag to rim of the kettle.

Do you clip the bag closed and hang it from the side during the boil?

I personally don't use a paint strainer bag until later. I put the sanitized strainer over my fermentation bucket and dump the cooled wort from the kettle in and pull up the strainer. It can take a few minutes but seems to work well for me.
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: davidgzach on March 05, 2013, 09:17:12 PM
If you are worried about it and/or want an easier clean-up, clip a paint strainer bag to rim of the kettle.

Do you clip the bag closed and hang it from the side during the boil?

I clip the one side so I can add more throughout the boil.  If it's a heavily hopped brew I will clip it shut and sometimes use 2 bags. 
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: brewvet on March 06, 2013, 03:37:58 PM
Hop bags are ok, but you can lose some bitterness.  I use a sanitized mesh strainer when transferring to the fermenter.
Title: Re: Whole leaf hops
Post by: denny on March 06, 2013, 04:43:45 PM
Hop bags are ok, but you can lose some bitterness.

So I increase the hop amount by 10% to compensate.