So i’ve used whole leaf for dry hopping before, but last night was my first shot at an all leaf boil.
I have to say that this may be the only type of hops I use from this point forward!!
I lost a ton less wort than using pellet in the past, and I guess this may differ if I had a valve on my kettle.
At the moment I still siphon until there’s 2-3 gallons left in the kettle and typically pour through a filter into the bucket.
Pellets would always clog the filter, but using leaf everything flowed smoother and looking at the wort it seemed to filter much more break material.
If only leaf hops didn’t take up so much more space in the freezer!!
On a side note, this was my test brew using caliente hops which I’ve found really nothing on. With no real flavor or aroma notes, I’m hoping I haven’t wasted 6.5 gallons on a potentially less that optimal hop.
I’ll be sure to post my findings in a few weeks, but out of the kettle they smelled only slightly citrus but quite a bit earthy and floral.