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Is there a major difference with using pellets vs whole hops in the brewing process? For larger scale brewing operations, is one suggested over the other?

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Not anything major. Pellets take up a lot less space, so if you are tight on cold storage space you will most likely choose pellets. Whole cone do put off a little bit different flavor due to the extra plant matter so some breweries prefer whole cone and some don't. I personally prefer pellets. Sierra Nevada is a good example of a brewery who prefers whole cone. 
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I think the main factor is when in brew-stage you will use them AND what equipment you have. Some equipment is not well suited for whole cone in boil. But most pellets will do fine in early boil (given temperature/time) and decompose and will be utilized fine (don't worry about gummy/hardness). Whole cone may be better for dry-hopping. 
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A lot of home brewers say that the pellets get gummy and therefore don't like to use them. However, It seems as though larger operations like to use pellets, due to space. The flavor difference is noticeable enough to a well versed palette.
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