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Old 06-15-2010, 05:55 AM   #1
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So what is the rule of thumb when dry hopping in a bucket? I am not gonna do a secondary just use the primary which I have in a bucket. Is it a safe idea to lift the lid a bit and throw the hops in or is there a safer way to do this?

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Old 06-15-2010, 06:13 AM   #2
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Throw the hops in right before the beer finishes fermenting (less than a day if possible). Shouldn't scrub off too much aroma and you should still get some off-gassing to keep the oxygen at bay.

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Old 06-15-2010, 06:40 AM   #3
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My recipe says to let the hops sit in there for 1 week plus I don't know when the beer is finishing fermenting. (this is the first batch I have made)

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In that case, wait about a week after pitching the yeast and throw the hops in then. Wait another week and bottle/keg.

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That is what I was thinking. How should I go about it though to make sure I don't oxidate the beer or get any bacteria in there? Should I just try and gently open the lid a little bit and throw the hops in after I have sanitized them or what?

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No need to sanitize the hops themselves. If you are going to use a hop bag then boil that in water and add the hops to it. I don't use a bag and just throw the hops right in the fermenter trying to cover as much area as I can (no thick layers) and then replace the top.

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So by me taking the top off it shouldn't hurt the beer at all?

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There will be CO2 in the headspace and the jostling of removing and replacing the lid should release more CO2, this will push the oxygen up out of the way.

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Well that is good to know. So just make sure I try not to disturb much of the beer and I will be fine? How does oxidation occur in a situation like that since a lot of people make it a big deal to try and not move the beer around.

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