Didn't break up my leaf hops

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Brewblues, Mar 5, 2012.

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  1. Brewblues

    Brewblues Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    Brewed a white IPA yesterday, and used leaf hops for the first time. Made 3 1-oz additions (30 min, 10 min, 5 min), each in a small hop/grain bag. Problem is, I didn't break up the leafs at all by hand before placing them in the bag - pretty much just dumped them out of the hopunion bag and into the cheesecloth. Wondering if I'm going to lose a lot of the AAUs that I should have otherwise counted on - hopefully not, but would appreciate any insight on how significant this could be.
     
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,335) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Other than breaking up 'clumps' I never break them down any further. What did they look like after you removed them? My guess is that the boil separated them down to the cone/sub-cone level anyway. I wouldn't worry about having lost anything.
     
  3. cracker

    cracker Disciple (300) May 2, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I don't think it matters one bit. With the heat and rigor of the boil , the hops will break up on their own. I have never broken them up before adding to the boil.
     
  4. Brewblues

    Brewblues Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    Good to know, thanks. The hops that had been in there for 30 minutes certainly seemed quite a bit more broken down than those that had only been in there for 5 and 10 minutes, but I figure that makes sense. I'll keep optimistic about this one!
     
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