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Whole leaf hops
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:22:07 AM »
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?

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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 08:24:46 AM »
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.
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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 08:46:21 AM »
Thanks, I figured that I would be OK, but you never know.

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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 08:51:22 AM »
If you are worried about it and/or want an easier clean-up, clip a paint strainer bag to rim of the kettle.
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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 11:41:06 AM »
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?

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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 01:43:28 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.

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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013, 02:17:12 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. 
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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2013, 08:37:58 AM »
Hop bags are ok, but you can lose some bitterness.  I use a sanitized mesh strainer when transferring to the fermenter.

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Re: Whole leaf hops
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 09:43:45 AM »
Hop bags are ok, but you can lose some bitterness.

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