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Re: Leaving Break Material/Hops Behind
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2010, 09:46:03 AM »
Denny, I've read that you don't normally use a secondary either.  Do you leave the hop pellet debris in for 2 weeks or so?

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Re: Leaving Break Material/Hops Behind
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2010, 09:59:37 AM »
Denny, I've read that you don't normally use a secondary either.  Do you leave the hop pellet debris in for 2 weeks or so?

Yep, I do.

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Re: Leaving Break Material/Hops Behind
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2010, 08:21:37 AM »
I'm always so concerned about leaving the break material in the kettle.  This post topic has driven me to just see what happens when it all goes into the fermenting bucket.  After all, trying it on your own is really the only way to know.  I spend so much time siphoning the beer from the fermenter, making sure the break stays behind, that I think all the open air exposure is what has been leading to the last few off flavors in my brews,  It would sure be nice to know that I can just dump it after chilling and know none of the material will adversely affect my beer. 

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Re: Leaving Break Material/Hops Behind
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2010, 12:06:01 PM »
Denny, I've read that you don't normally use a secondary either.  Do you leave the hop pellet debris in for 2 weeks or so?

Yep, I do.

I've done it both ways and haven't been able to determine any advantage to leaving the break/hops behind in the kettle. It all settles out in the fermentation bucket just as happy as can be. I'm not concerned at all with it either way.

I typically run off all of the wort just until I see the break/hop material coming out and then I stop the transfer.
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Re: Leaving Break Material/Hops Behind
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2010, 01:31:36 PM »
I'm always so concerned about leaving the break material in the kettle.  This post topic has driven me to just see what happens when it all goes into the fermenting bucket.  After all, trying it on your own is really the only way to know.  I spend so much time siphoning the beer from the fermenter, making sure the break stays behind, that I think all the open air exposure is what has been leading to the last few off flavors in my brews,  It would sure be nice to know that I can just dump it after chilling and know none of the material will adversely affect my beer. 

Amen, brother.  That's why I started this thread, and why my next batch is going completely into the fermenter.  If I don't notice any off flavors, then my process will have gotten much easier.

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Re: Leaving Break Material/Hops Behind
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010, 10:10:46 PM »
I gotta chime in. I use a Hop Bag and pull that out after boiling the wert. What is left
in the BK goes into the fermenter pretty much....after the primary I move the beer
into the Kegs and try to leave the stuff mostly in the bottom of the primary.  Seems
to make nice tastey and clear beer....just my $.02
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