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Old 03-14-2012, 03:41 AM   #1
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Hello All,

Pretty new to the game still, having brewed a couple 5 gallon batches and a couple 2.5 gallon half batches, and so far have not been completely thrilled with the hop profile results.

Besides adding more hops to the boil, I want to dry hop a couple of my next batches. Have a couple batches at 2 weeks now and plan on moving to secondaries to throw the dry hops in..

My question is- when you boil the hops you clearly sanitize the muslin bag (if you're using them) and the hops too (though I assume they're sanitized already when you buy them and open them up for the brew, but what about dry hopping if you use a muslin bag; do you need to sanitize it first if you use one? And how would you go about doing that?

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Old 03-14-2012, 03:54 AM   #2
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boil the bag for a couple minutes to sanitize it (but not the hops). dump the hops in the bag, and dump the bag in the beer. hops are naturally infection-resistant

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Old 03-14-2012, 03:58 AM   #3
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I soak the bag and a couple of marbles in starsan for a couple minutes then ring it out. Dunk the hops in starsan before I open the bag of hops. Fill the bag with hops and marbles tie it off and drop it in!

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I don't bother using a bag, I just dump the hops right into my primary once it gets close to reaching FG.

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Don't go through the trouble of bagging dry hops. By the time you rack they will have settled out fine. If your worried about floaters or accidently drawing out hop bits, tie a drawstring nylon hop bag at the end of your racking hose

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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I only bag if I plan on washing the yeast otherwise i just toss it in!

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