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Old 02-12-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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i just dry hopped my american pale ale in my secondary yesterday. i checked it today and the hops have covered the top of the beer, is that normal? will that settle out? will i have some "chunks" in my final product? any input would help. thanks.

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I would rack it again after it settles in a couple of weeks...

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i will, thanks...

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so i take it if i bottle after 2 wks then i will have chunks in my beer. is that safe to say?

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I'm assuming that you're using whole hops and not pelletized form. In this case, the leaves will remain floating pretty much indefinitely. As such, when you're done dry-hopping, you'll want to rack to another vessel. Use a homemae racking filter, or a racking cane tip when you do so. Since the hops float, when you do rack, you won't have to worry about the hops clogging the racking cane until the very end. When you do get to the bottom, some hops leaves will undoubtedly clog your racking operation, thus slowing down the flow. Just keep going until you no longer have any flow, and then you're done. You'll certainly lose some amount of beer, but such is the life of a dryhopper.

I recommend not going directly to bottling from there. Let it settle for another week. Of course, a small amount of hop leaves will make it through the racking cane and into this tertiary vessel...but, when you rack from there into your bottling bucket the following week, chances are very slim that any of these stray leaves will make it into your bottling bucket. If they do, they'll probably float, so you can pick them out of the bucket with a sanitized handheld strainer.

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But there really isn't anything wrong with hop pieces in your beer. I've bottled right from the secondary and almost got a piece in that last bottle.

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But there really isn't anything wrong with hop pieces in your beer. I've bottled right from the secondary and almost got a piece in that last bottle.
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i did not use whole hops, they were pellets. in that case what do i do? do pellets settle out better than the whole hops?

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The pellets will sink...it's a good way to tell they've done their job. A good whirlpool into the bottling bucket should leave the hops in the secondary.

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i did not use whole hops, they were pellets. in that case what do i do? do pellets settle out better than the whole hops?
Yeah, in that case, they will settle out. Then just use a tip on your racking cane, and you'll be fine.
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