Originally Posted by cclloyd
How strange I come on tonight to ask about dry hopping and here's a thread.
Friday night I racked an American Pale Ale from the primary to secondary. Prior to racking I added 1 oz. of Cascade pellets (just dumped them into the carboy)and racked on top them. By the time the transfer was complete all of the pellets had dissolved / broken up and were mostly floating on the top. Fermentation had started again by morning and here it is Sunday night and I am still getting bubbles every 25 - 30 seconds. Just curious about a couple of things - is this method of dry hopping effective, and is the additional fermentation normal?
I am still a newb so please pardon the possible stupidity of these questions. This is my third batch (I bottled an Amber Ale Friday as well!) and my first dry hop.
Thanks for your input.
You dont need a bag for pellets, but the best way IMO to dryhop is with whole or plugs in a bag weighted down with food grade stainless ball bearings. Fresh whole hops are the best way to get an in your face aroma, and since they will float about 30% end up not being in the beer so I wiegh them down.
Dont get me wrong pellets are great, I just think whole are better. I bitter and flavor almost always with pellets, then flame-out and dry with plug or whole.