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Hop bags

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Mike Crimmins asks,
Q

What are your thoughts or recommendations on using hop bags when brewing? I enjoy the hoppier spectrum of beers but also appreciate the pouring ease and cleaning convenience of keeping the hop pellets in bags. Do these bags diminish hop utilization?

 

A
My overall philosophy with brewing is extremely simple and goes something like this: “If the method works to produce good tasting beer with the desired aroma, stability, appearance and material yields —
Response by Ashton Lewis.