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Old 04-01-2005, 10:50 PM   #1
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I've been dry-hopping my APA in secondary for two weeks, will be bottling tomorrow.

I'm kinda concerned about racking over to the bottling bucket though. I used whole hops and was wondering if I'll have clogging issues.

I went down to the LHBS and picked up a muslin bag. Thinking about sanitizing it and putting it on the end of racking cane. Think I'll be ok? Anyone have similar experiences before?

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Old 04-01-2005, 11:02 PM   #2
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I just racked my Hop Rod off the dry hops last weekend and had zero issues. I was kind of worried about the same thing, but it sucked the beer right out from under the hops. I had no problems and got as much beer out as I ever do.

I used my normal half inch cane with the little plastic tip on it...no other special measures taken.

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I just racked my Hop Rod off the dry hops last weekend and had zero issues. I was kind of worried about the same thing, but it sucked the beer right out from under the hops. I had no problems and got as much beer out as I ever do.

I used my normal half inch cane with the little plastic tip on it...no other special measures taken.
I have a little stainless screen that fits right over the end of the racking cane, called a sure screen. Haven't used it yet, but figure it is probably easier to sanitize than a muslin bag. It has to be use w/ a stainless racking cane, however, as it would scratch up a plastic one, risking infection later.
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For my general info...

Say if small particles entered the bottling bucket or even the bottle, what would be the initial problem?

Would it hurt the beer, or is it just a clogging issue?

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Old 04-02-2005, 07:11 PM   #5
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For my general info...

Say if small particles entered the bottling bucket or even the bottle, what would be the initial problem?

Would it hurt the beer, or is it just a clogging issue?

I can only speak from drinking experience - we have a local brewery here that dry hops in the bottle - really weird the first time I poured it, not realizing what was going on, but I really can't see anything bad about it. Actually, it was really darn tasty!!

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/rat...lts/698/16940/

I am going to dry hop for the first time on the batch I am brewing tonight. Somewhat realated, I am wondering if they will sink OK just throwing them whole into the secondary or if they will all just float up top? Does it really even matter?

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The only problem I've had dry hopping is that sometimes a few leafs make it to the bottling bucket. Most of the times they end up sticking to the side of the bottling bucket. But every now and then they get in the siphoning tube when your bottling and cause the bottle filler to stick open. Not a huge problem if you don't mind wasting a little beer and have dogs

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Does anyone have an opinion on the efficiency of using a hop bag when dry hoping? I have seen that there are special weights that you can use to keep the bag suspended in the middle of the carboy, and wonder if this would provide better utilization than letting the hops just float at the top. I suppose it would make racking and cleaning better. Anybody try it?

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I don't really see there being a problem with this, although I haven't tried it...

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Does anyone have an opinion on the efficiency of using a hop bag when dry hoping? I have seen that there are special weights that you can use to keep the bag suspended in the middle of the carboy, and wonder if this would provide better utilization than letting the hops just float at the top. I suppose it would make racking and cleaning better. Anybody try it?
Where have you seen these weights?

I used two bags when I dry "hopped" with heather because it's such small particals but the bags floted and I think there would have beed better beer to heather contact if they'd been under.

In the end the bags worked fine but heather flowers have some fermentable suger so the yeast gets in these and move liquif through the bag which I don't think would happen with hops.
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Where have you seen these weights?
I saw them on hoptech.com
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