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Old 05-29-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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My chiswick bitter from Big Brew is going into the keg next week and the recipe calls for a dry hop in the keg itself. Is it safe to just drop the pellets in there or should I buy a hop bag for them?

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Old 05-29-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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Personally I would by a bag. Weigh it down with something (marbles, etc) or tie it to the dip tube.

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I think it might be best to use whole hops. I can envision pellets clogging the dip tube and the poppets. I would also consider installing a Sure Screen on the dip tube. http://pivo.northernbrewer.com/nbsto...screen&x=0&y=0

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Old 05-29-2008, 06:55 PM   #4
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An unsanitized hop bag doesn't sound like a good idea.

Personally, I wouldn't dry-hop with pellets into a keg for fear of plugging any of the valves and other equipment with gunk.

Can you not do a secondary fermentation and dry hop into that before kegging?

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Old 05-30-2008, 05:40 AM   #5
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Aw, just chuck the leaf hops in there. They'll float. You won't have to worry until the keg's empty, when you'll want to take it apart to clean it anyway.

Good idea -- maybe I should do the same with my next batch of IPA ... the damn stuff tastes so good green and then the citric pine hop taste just kinda fades away ... if I keg it with hops floating in it, maybe it won't!

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An unsanitized hop bag doesn't sound like a good idea.

Personally, I wouldn't dry-hop with pellets into a keg for fear of plugging any of the valves and other equipment with gunk.

Can you not do a secondary fermentation and dry hop into that before kegging?
The recipe actually called for hopping in the primary, secondary, and keg.
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+1 on using a hop bag. I would also use leaf hops. I've used hop bags in the past w/ pellets and I still got residue in the beer. Not that I cared, but people that expect their beer somewhat clear may.

I would sanitize the bag too, but it's getting put into alcohol so don't be too concerned with bacteria. They wouldn't last long anyways.

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BM has a pic of a muslin bag filled with leaf hops ziptied to a diptube floating around here somewhere. That's how I do it. Use leaf hops. Bag them.

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Aw, just chuck the leaf hops in there. They'll float. You won't have to worry until the keg's empty, when you'll want to take it apart to clean it anyway.

Good idea -- maybe I should do the same with my next batch of IPA ... the damn stuff tastes so good green and then the citric pine hop taste just kinda fades away ... if I keg it with hops floating in it, maybe it won't!
This doesn't work. Just saying. My ordinary bitter is all clogged up.
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I use whole hops & bags. With only one person drinking & multiple taps, sometimes it is necessary to re-hop. Hop aroma has a limited life, even with the hops in the keg.

Loose pellets in a keg is a major nightmare. If you want to use them, get a fine mesh or muslin bag.

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