Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

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Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by cumbrianwolf » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:33 pm

I am curious as I as a matter of course sparge my loose leaf hops but you will have all noticed how much trub is sent to the FV. So I am tempted to quicken things up and lessen the chance of any contaminants of the trub entering the system by not sparging my hops and yes I understand I will lose a few degrees of extract.

So what is your opinions on this option and do you sparge the hops or leave them as a trub filter? :?:
And is it a logical approach or just not worth loosing the extra degrees of potential extract? :?:

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by barry44 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:54 pm

what exactly do you mean by sparging your hops?

I am unaware of the method or concept.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by cumbrianwolf » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:58 pm

Basically using the sparge arm that you would use for sparging the grains and gently washing the loose hops in the bottom of the boiler with hot water 80oC to extract any remaining degrees of extract.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by Dave S » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:00 pm

It is certainly usual to leave them on the trub as a filter.
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Post by cumbrianwolf » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:04 pm

Just what I learnt from Dave LInes Big book of brewing as he would flush his hops with the garden rose he used to use as a sparging system as well as John Alexander's book "A guide to craft brewing" I was curious to see what others thought about the subject, but it looks as though it may not be a common practice.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by banjokat » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:20 pm

Well, that's a new one for me. Never heard of it before. I just whirlpool before draining the boiler. The hops are then dumped.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by Jocky » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:27 pm

It's a no from me. They have up to an hour of floating around in litres and litres of boiling wort. Throwing a bit more hot water over them wouldn't seem to do much.
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Post by cumbrianwolf » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:34 pm

You have got me all wrong. :lol: What I meant was draining the wort from the boiler you are then left with a hop filter bed. Therefore I sparge these hops to recover some of the maltose sugars that has been absorbed by them. :)

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by barneey » Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:15 pm

At least one member of JBK that I know of does sparge his hops.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by Wasp_Box » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:32 pm

So do I. A quick rinse with a kettle of boiling water and that's it. I wouldn't bother with a sparge setup but I'm b*ggered if I'm leaving lots of lovely sugars in the spent hops.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by boingy » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:52 pm

Yes or no?
No.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No and your reason why?

Post by cumbrianwolf » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:07 pm

Wasp_Box wrote:So do I. A quick rinse with a kettle of boiling water and that's it. I wouldn't bother with a sparge setup but I'm b*ggered if I'm leaving lots of lovely sugars in the spent hops.
Me too as they can absorb quite a bit, my Phil's sparge arm is already hooked up to the HLT so there is no hardship to hold it over the hops for a short while.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by thepatchworkdoll » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:34 pm

Its A definite No for me

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by b2b » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:54 pm

Yes from me, any topup water goes through the hop bed. Usually give it a clarity and taste check - it's like a late addition hop tea with tiny bit of sugar from whatever's left around the hops. Loads of extra flavour, versus just plain water as the alternative. I've even started planning it into the brew - 10l at the end of a 90l batch to wash through the remaining goodness.

I don't know whether it's meanness (getting the last few % out of the ingredients) or flavour hunting that drives this, but it works for me.

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Re: Sparging your leaf hops Yes or No?

Post by Jocky » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:44 am

cumbrianwolf wrote:You have got me all wrong. :lol: What I meant was draining the wort from the boiler you are then left with a hop filter bed. Therefore I sparge these hops to recover some of the maltose sugars that has been absorbed by them. :)
Ah, apologies!

Sounds interesting, would be worth doing a comparison test to see if there's any difference.
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