From the HBD Archive
From: (donald oconnor)
Subject: hop pellets vs whole bitterness
Date: 1992-03-10 17:31:31 GMT

Jeff Miller points out that chopping up the hops will result in
more bitterness in the beer (same boiling times). This is
consistent with the fact that the %AA utilization is about 15%
greater for hop pellets than whole hops for equal boiling times.
That is 10 HBU of pellets is equivalent to about 11.5 HBU of
whole hops.

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