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Hops
« on: December 16, 2012, 08:28:38 AM »
Would someone be able to give some insight on the difference between the hops pellets, plugs, and whole hops?

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Re: Hops
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 10:38:46 AM »
Hop plugs are whole hops that have been compressed.  Pellets are hops that have been ground up and run through a pelletizer.  IMO, no one form is necessarily better than another.  I tend to prefer pellets when I buy continental hops becasue they keep better.
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Re: Hops
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 10:54:23 AM »
Hop plugs are whole hops that have been compressed.  Pellets are hops that have been ground up and run through a pelletizer.  IMO, no one form is necessarily better than another.  I tend to prefer pellets when I buy continental hops becasue they keep better.

And they take up less space, so that you can get obsessive amounts of German/Czech hops in your freezer. I know this to be true.

My system works a little better with whole hops, though.

Edit - Plugs are harder to find these days. They were used in England for dry hopping in the cask, just put the correct number in and fill the cask. Those were 1/2 oz. plugs.
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Re: Hops
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 11:43:16 AM »
You get a little bit better utilization from pellets than whole cones. Pellets absorb less wort, so that may be an advantage in beers that use a large quantity of hops.
In favor of whole cones is that there is the potential to lose some of the delicate hop oils during the pelletizing process, and although I haven't been able to distinguish a difference in my experience. Whole cones are also better suited to things like hop backs and Randalls.

I prefer to buy pellets when I can to save space in my hop hoard, but I wouldn't think twice about buying whole hops if that's the only way to get a certain variety.
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Re: Hops
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 04:15:20 PM »
Home grown hops are usually whole.  :P
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Re: Hops
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 10:03:12 AM »
+1 to everything above.  I find whole hops to be easier to clean up.  I use muslin sacks and just toss in, drain and throw out when done.  Straining to primary is much easier and my wort is very clean.  I make a lot of light lagers and reuse my yeast so this is important to me, not necessarily the brewing process itself.

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