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Old 09-01-2011, 02:27 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 09-01-2011, 02:29 AM   #2
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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!

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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.

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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 34°F for four days and all the pellet bits go straight to the bottom of the carboy before I rack to a keg. Good stuff!

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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.

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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 68°F 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 34°F. 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...

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

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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 34°F to drop the chill haze, too (I'd go a few degrees more but don't want to stress the fridge that hard)...

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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.

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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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