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BetterSense 09-01-2011 02:27 AM

dry hop with cascade?
 
I'm making a blonde and the hydrometer samples just seem kind of bland. I screwed this up mashing and it came out too thin, so I added malt extract to bring the OG up. I'm not getting any real flavor or hop aroma from it, so I was thinking about tossing in 1/2 oz of cascade that I have in the fridge as an experiment. Is cascade suitable for dry hopping? Are pellets ok to toss right in the secondary or do I need to use a hop sock thing?

drkaeppel 09-01-2011 02:29 AM

I dry hopped my last brew with cascades and it turned out great. You can toss pellets right into secondary, but personally I prefer to use a hop sock// bag. Less crap during bottling. Good luck!

Celticway 09-01-2011 02:30 AM

Cascades are great for dry hopping. In fact it is one of the classic dry hop for APA and IPA. You can add them to the secondary with nothing else needed. Rack after 5 to 7 days.

day_trippr 09-01-2011 03:28 AM

Cascade is a great dry hop for pales and ipas (and probably a lot more brews). I dump an ounce or more of pellets in my secondary, let 'em simmer for a week or so, then crash cool to 34F for four days and all the pellet bits go straight to the bottom of the carboy before I rack to a keg. Good stuff!

Cheers!

BetterSense 09-02-2011 02:38 PM

Well, I dumped a leftover 1/2 oz of cascade pellets in when I racked to secondary last night after 12 days in the primary. I just hope that the pellets settle out...I'm used to my beer being clean in the secondary (that's the point) so it's weird seeing chunks of hops swirling around in there...it's like I was making it dirtier.

day_trippr 09-02-2011 03:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BetterSense (Post 3224070)
Well, I dumped a leftover 1/2 oz of cascade pellets in when I racked to secondary last night after 12 days in the primary. I just hope that the pellets settle out...I'm used to my beer being clean in the secondary (that's the point) so it's weird seeing chunks of hops swirling around in there...it's like I was making it dirtier.

Two days ago I had two IPA batches simmering at 68F in carboys with nice thick layers of pellet bits - Amarillo in one and Citra in the other. Then I turned the ferm fridge controller down to 34F. This morning the hop bits are all on the bottom and the chill haze is about halfway down. By Monday I'll have 10 gallons of bright IPAs ready to keg...

Cheers!

BetterSense 09-02-2011 03:54 PM

I don't have a fridge that I can turn down that low unfortunately.

day_trippr 09-02-2011 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BetterSense (Post 3224266)
I don't have a fridge that I can turn down that low unfortunately.

If you can get the brew down into the low 40s that's probably plenty to sink the hops. I go down to 34F to drop the chill haze, too (I'd go a few degrees more but don't want to stress the fridge that hard)...

Cheers!

brewstalker 09-02-2011 05:02 PM

One of the best hops to use in dry hopping. Take a lookat your local homebrew shop for wet hops like these. Lots of aroma and only available this time of year.

Conan 09-08-2011 01:02 AM

Cascade and Centennial are my favorite 2 dry hoppers. They really add a nice floral aroma to a boring brew. 2 ounces of fresh-dried-from-home Centennial 2 days ago already perked a flavorless ~6% pale ale. Kyle


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