Over hopping?

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I have had a heck of a time with hops, and was hoping someone here could
lend me a hand.  I have been overhopping my beers, and think I finally
figured out why.  I have been adding pellet hops to my specialty grain
brews, but haven't been filtering the wort, so the hops sits in the beer
while it ferments.  I finally read somewhere that you are to filter the
wort? I tried it on a batch of brown ale tonight, and the filter got so
clogged with hops that it would have had to sit forever, thereby causing
immense contamination dangers (which I may have done anyway...only time will
tell).  Can anyone tell me how you do it? I'd be very grateful.  I love
hops, but I have had a batch or two that have taken a LONG time to settle in
the bottle. Thanks a lot!

My email is correct, minus the obvious extra @. Thanks again!

ChasM



Re: Over hopping?
Just filter through a large kitchen sieve. The splashing and aeration is
good for your beer at this stage ( before fermentation) to oxygenate the
wort for healthy yeast. The small hop fragments that get through will not
hurt and will settle to the bottom when fermentation finishes. Rack the
clear beer to a clean fermenter before leaving any sludge behind before
bottling. Hope this is clear.
Steve W.
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Re: Over hopping?
what he said...

if the hops and other trub clog the mesh strainer, sanitize a baking spatula
and lightly "scrape" the strainer mesh to clear it a bit so flow is
restored.  this will, of course, "bleed" some of the hops/trub through the
strainer into the fermenter, but as is noted, this will settle during
fermentation, and you'll leave it behind when you either rack to a secondary
or bottle.

bob p


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Re: Over hopping?
First I love hops and not sure you can over hop.  Of course this is style
dependent.

One of the things I did to reduce the trash from flowing into my fermenter
is I went to the grocery store and in the cleaner section found a copper
scrubby.  Tied it to the end of my siphon hose.  Since the hose cannot
handle boiling, I soak it in iodophor to sanitize.  Works great when you
have leaf hops.  But less so for pellets.  So I went to using a hop bag.
Home made one with a large volume.  4" wide and reaches from top to bottom
of my boil pot.

You can do this with pellets put not with leaf hops, the leaf hops must roll
in the boil.  Greatly reduces the trash in my wort and of course no hops
transfer to the fermenter.

Frank
ATF Home Brew Club
New Bern NC



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Re: Over hopping?
ChasM wrote:
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MEDICAL SUPPLY HOUSES MAKE TUBULAR GAUZE  in spools you need some about
the size of your big toe only 6-7" long. It stretches laterally. Cut it
to fit, fill with hops, staple or knot it for closure

I go to Dollar Store and get a cheap pillow case- cotton-polyester- it
is just like a tight gauze, works for hops and grain, washes out fine

Yodar

Re: Over hopping?
ChasM wrote:
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MEDICAL SUPPLY HOUSES MAKE TUBULAR GAUZE  in spools you need some about
the size of your big toe only 6-7" long. It stretches laterally. Cut it
to fit, fill with hops, staple or knot it for closure

I go to Dollar Store and get a cheap pillow case- cotton-polyester- it
is just like a tight gauze, works for hops and grain, washes out fine

Yodar

Re: Over hopping?
Reading about the difference between german and czech pilseners, I've
found this quote:
http://www.germanbeerguide.co.uk/pils.html "The sweet maltiness of the pils from Southern Germany originated from
the need to reduce the amount of hops because the heavy level of
carbonates in Southern German water caused excessive bitterness if too
many hops were used."

My last batch were "over hopped", and I'm starting to thing that it's
due to a high level of carbonates in the water I'm using. But I'm
really a newbie in this home brewing stuff, maybe some expert here have
a more informed opinion.

regards,
Paulo


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