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Old 01-21-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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Yep. A few months back I became a proud owner of a Blichmann cylindriconical fermenter (LOVE it, by the way). I really want to do some dry hopping with it, and I've got some questions.

Ok, firstly, I understand that whole hop cones need to be put in a baggie so they don't clog the valves, but what about pellets? Can the little particles they break into cause the same problem?

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I dropped an ounce of Cascade pellets into my Blichmann (10 gallon batch) and it settled out. Beer turned out great. No problem.

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Pellets will work fine in a conical.

I suggest making a thick hops "tea" with some hot water before dumping it in the top of the conical. It breaks up the pellets to provide maximum contact with the beer. This way you can get great extraction of flavor and aroma in as little as seven days.

At the end, you can simply draw off the particulate matter from the bottom valve along with the trub and dead yeast.

If it works in a 20bbl conical, it'll work in yours.

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Bringing this one back from the dead. Should I dump the trub and yeast before I begin adding hops? And would putting all my pellet hops in a hop bag and dropping it in suffice? I appreciate it. I too have a ten gallon Blichmann conical.

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I'd harvest yeast and/or dump trub first, yes. Although its not a huge deal, the hop matter will settle on top of the trub if you leave it.

I'd caution about using a hop bag unless you tie it so it won't sink to the bottom. I got one caught in the dump valve when I opened it. Fortunately it was after I'd racked the beer, else it would have been disaster.

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Yes capture your yeast first then dry hop, I add 3 oz to my 5 gallon batches in the conical.
No problems at all, it will all settle out.

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Yes capture your yeast first then dry hop, I add 3 oz to my 5 gallon batches in the conical.
No problems at all, it will all settle out.
Hopefully I can bring this forum back from the dead as well! lol

At any rate, I too just bought a new conical and was wondering when to dump the trub/yeasty goodness so I could dry hop. Fermentation started within about a eight hours and then incredibly active fermentation where it would percolate non stop about sixteen hours later. Now three days later, it is percolating once every thirty seconds with another blip afterwards. This coming Saturday will be a week in the conical.

Any help would be much obliged! Cheers!
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