So I am sort of new at this. I ordered some hop bags as an add on item but have not yet used them. In the past I always dropped my hop pellets right into the boiling wort. But I plan to make a really clean and light colored hoppy ale. I plan to use Citra in both the boil and dry hopped.
In the past (without using hop bags) I have noticed a substantial ring of hops in my fermentor just above the ready to bottle beer. I have not had a hard time siphoning the beer out and leaving the hops behind, but this is my first dry hopped beer and I anticipate those may be more detrimental to clarity.
So what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a hop bag? Does everyone use them? Will it help my clarity? Will Flavor be affected? Are they more suited for the boil or dryhopping?