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Old 03-10-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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I want to dry hop my IPA and I wondered whether I should try to find some whole leaf hops, or use pellets. If pellets are fine, then how would you suggest I add them? Just dump in? Some kind of bag?

With a strainer bag, I'm worried about getting enough contact between beer and hops.

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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I use really stretchable grain socks with leaf and a Sanke ball, tied and pitched into the keg.

SS tea balls are supposed to trap pellets, but if you pack it full, you may not get full saturation to the center. They are too small for leaf, IMO.

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:10 PM   #4
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I would use a nylon hop sock... with something heavy in the sock... like a couple marbles or a piece of SS that you can sanitize. I use a plunger out of an old faucet...lol...

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I'm with my fellow ohioan, I just rack off the cake, and toss in an ounce of LEAF hops, didn't fair to well the last time I used pellets vowed never to do it again, since its the same price for either at LHBS.

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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I just threw pellets into a primary for my ipa and then strained it out when I racked. Turned out great!

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I just threw pellets into a primary for my ipa and then strained it out when I racked. Turned out great!
Me too, the only time I've dry hopped was with pellets and threw it in primary.
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I'd like to get some leaf hops at the local LHBS, but I don't have one nearby. I'm not driving 1/5 hours to get them. If I can find some online I guess I could order some. I just wondered if using a bag or something to put the pellets in the secondary was practical.

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Homercidal, I just racked an APA to secondary and threw in the hop pellets. I'll let you know how it turned out in a few days when I bottle.

One thing I never understand though, is why does everyone have such a hard time getting a stuck siphon when dry hopping?

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I was talking to a brewer about this the other day. He suggested sanitizing a plain nylon stocking (like pantyhose), putting the hops (pellets) in that, and suspending it in the beer. His reasoning is you can kind of dip it like a tea bag, and remove the hops when the aroma/flavor is to your liking. He was the master brewer at a local microbrewery for many years.

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