Does anyone have any thoughts about what hops go well with spruce?
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I've been round and round on the hop bag issue. I just feel better letting the hops float free in the wort. I currently use a whirlpool immersion chiller and have been moving towards whole hops that I've been bagging. I was thinking of using a false bottom in the BK instead. Any thoughts on this as an alternative to the bags?
Bag the bags. Go with the FB or a "hop taco".
If you are worried about this and need to use a bag in your system, go to the big box store and get the large nylon paint strainer bag.
If you pull a thin decoction (all liquid) and only boil it briefly, I doubt you will see any flavor or color changes. It's not traditional, as others have mentioned, but I don't see any reason not to do it.
I made Blueberry wine with 15 lbs in August for the first time. I just bottled it a few weeks ago and it tasted very good. Thanks Mark for beer advice with bluberries. I might try some in the secondary because I still have around 3-5 lbs in the freezer.
You really don't have to take out the drain if you set it up this way... Cheers!!!
This ^^^^ is what I did. No leaky. Cheersx2!