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Old 02-06-2013, 04:06 AM   #1
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Default 1 gallon IPA experiment - dry hopping whole leaf vs pellets

I wanted to do an experiment comparing whole hops vs pellet hops for dry hopping. I made a 1 gallon batch with 2 cups extra light LME, using a little bit of every hop I had with the following hop schedule:

60 minutes: 7g mix of Apollo, Bravo, Columbus, Magnum, and Galena

20, 15, 10, 5: 7g mix of Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, Falconers Flight, Chinook, Nugget, and Sorachi Ace

I ended up with 3 liters at 1.066 OG, IBUs calculate to 179. By filling my 5 gallon kettle with ice water and sticking my 1 gallon kettle inside of it, I was able to cool the wort exceptionally fast. I pitched ~48 billion cells from a Wyeast 1272 American Ale II yeast slurry and am doing primary fermentation in the kettle.

Once gravity is down to 1.016, I'll split it into two 1.5 L glass bottles, dry hopping one with 7g whole leaf Simcoe and Amarillo, and the other with 7g Simcoe and Amarillo pellets.

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I must really be doing something right. Gravity was down to 1.011 after only 4 days. I transferred to two 1.5 L glass bottles and added dry hops. I plan to bottle next week.

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I made another 1 gallon batch. OG is 1.050, IBUs calculate to 92, pitched ~33 billion cells.

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Gravity was down to 1.008 after 3 days. I split in into two batches, but only used 3.5g of hops in each. I also had a bit left over, so I bottled 2 beers with 1g pellet hops and 2g sucrose in each bottle. They will probably have a bit of trub, but I might have found a way to have an IPA ready in a week.

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I am curious to see what you find. I just switched over to pellets and did not get the aroma from the pellets that I'm used to with whole hops.

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I bottled the 1.066 OG batch, gravity was down to 1.009.

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I made another 1 gallon batch. OG is 1.071, IBUs calculate to 132, pitched ~65 billion cells.

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I bottled the 1.050 gallon batch, gravity was down to 1.005.

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I tested out the 1.066 OG/1.009 FG batch. There is no question in my mind that leaf hops are much better for dry hopping, although I found they had less carbonation than the one dry hopped with pellets. Not a big deal, I'll just make sure to use a little more sugar next time.

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1.071 OG batch was down to 1.010, moved to secondary, at this point I'm just dry hopping with leaf hops, so now the comparison is fresh leaf hops vs older leaf hops. I'm also trying another dry hop/bottling combo, but this time with leaf hops.

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