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Old 01-10-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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I'm going to be doing a double bastard clone pretty soon. It needs to be dry hopped, but I also wanted to keep it in the secondary for about 3ish week for bulk aging purposes.

My question is this: most dry hopping regimes recommend approx. 2 weeks or less contact time in the secondary. Would there be any issue with me keeping the brew on the hops for about three weeks?

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Old 01-10-2009, 09:57 PM   #2
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I wouldn't do that. I'd rack to secondary and let it age a bit, then add the dry hops. I don't like to dry hop more than about a week to 10 days. Sometimes certain hops can taste "grassy" (notably cascade) when left for too long.

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+1. Let the beer age in the secondary - add the dry hops 7 to 10 days before bottling. I have ruined some beers by leaving the dry hops in too long - that made them lawnmower beers - because they tasted like grass clippings.

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The other consideration for shorter dry hopping times, less aroma loss before bottling.

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How long is too long for dry hopping?

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I have done 16 days with no negative effects. I used to do 14 days, but think I will cut this down a bit.

The BYO article with the Stone article said 5 - 7 days was peak I believe.

I have never experienced "grassy" flavors from dry hopping though, so I can't say for sure how long is too long.

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I know that 4 weeks is too long. I dry hop in the keg, leave for 7-10 days, and CO2 transfer to another keg.

I tried leaving a weighted hop bag in the keg twice, and got a rather strong "vegetable" flavor in the beer.

I suppose I could just drink it faster, too.

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Hmmm....it's going to be a PITA to rack it to secondary, then add the hops later, so I guess I'll just keep it in the primary for a bit longer -- maybe 4-5 weeks -- then rack to secondary on top of hops for a week.

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