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Old 06-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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I dry hopped my last batch in the secondary, using pellets added in the carboy. It smells great (I just bottled it), but it was a total mess!

What techniques does everyone recommend to avoid a hoppy mess in your brew?



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Old 06-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Careful racking, filtering, and avoiding agitation of the carboy.



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Old 06-22-2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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I dump pellets right into the fermentor, then on kegging/bottling day I rubber band a 1 inch square of tulle fabric (the fine mesh stuff used on wedding dresses etc) over the end of the racking tube as a filter. No hops end up in the keg, which is a good thing, since hop particles can clog up a keg fast. Ask me how I know. Works for me.

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I've thought about creating a filter for the racking cane. Is there any concern about having that rubber band in your brew while you rack?

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I just pull a fine mesh nylon bag over the siphon. Works really great for me.

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i've used a grain bag and hop bag over my autosiphon. seems to work ok, although sometimes it will plug up or i seem to get extra air bubbles from time to time.

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I've thought about creating a filter for the racking cane. Is there any concern about having that rubber band in your brew while you rack?
No problems here. I just band it on and sanitize the whole lot.
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I dry hop a lot, usually 3 oz loose pellets per 5 gal batch. I don't use any filtering device and have no problems with clogged kegs or particles in the glass. Main thing is, while dry hopping, to place the carboy exactly where you will rack from. Some particles sink and some stay on the surface, but the middle is mostly clear. For what particles do make it to the keg, it's important not to move the keg a lot, too.

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i use a 1 gallon paint strainer bag with a couple marbles in it and tie it off with a little piece of food grade string, i soak everything in starsan for about 10 minutes works great for me!

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I dry hop a lot, usually 3 oz loose pellets per 5 gal batch. I don't use any filtering device and have no problems with clogged kegs or particles in the glass. Main thing is, while dry hopping, to place the carboy exactly where you will rack from. Some particles sink and some stay on the surface, but the middle is mostly clear. For what particles do make it to the keg, it's important not to move the keg a lot, too.
I've tried this exact technique (often with 4 oz of dry hop pellets) and clogged too many kegs in the process. A tiny piece of filtering material is all it takes to keep my kegged IIPAs worry free and clear of debris (and it also lets me rack every precious drop of hoppy nectar from the fermentor without issue).

Very happy (hoppy) that is works for you and your draft beer!


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