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tlazaroff 12-28-2011 11:33 PM

How do you dry hop your carboy?
 
I've been using nylon bags, and they are a royal pain to get out of the carboys. I'm curious what everyone else uses. I was interested in buying this product, The Brew Infuser, but it gets terrible reviews.

Is there anything out there to make it easier?

mikebowman 12-28-2011 11:38 PM

I just dumped a bunch of pellets into the carbon before I racked the beer in. Only problem was that my siphon got clogged when I went to keg it, shoulda put cheesecloth around the end or something.

Grumpybumpy 12-29-2011 02:02 AM

Drop them straight in, cold crash, then use that nylon bag over your racking cane, drink a beer

bottlebomber 12-29-2011 02:11 AM

Dry hopping in a carboy is a fools errand IMO. The best option is to use pellets and wait for them to sink, then attach a hop sack to your auto siphon to filter them out. I've put leaf hops into a carboy, and lost about half a gallon of beer. I have a friend who doesn't seem to mind trying to claw swollen hop sacks out of the fermenter. The BEST way to dry hop (besides a randallizer) is using a bucket and putting them in a paint strainer bag. Then you can take the bag out easily, and squeeze all the hoppy deliciousness out.

day_trippr 12-29-2011 02:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grumpybumpy (Post 3608560)
Drop them straight in, cold crash, then use that nylon bag over your racking cane, drink a beer

+1 - with pellets. That's exactly how I've done it for years. Works great, easy to clean up afterwards...

Cheers!

hoppedupbrewer 12-29-2011 02:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grumpybumpy (Post 3608560)
Drop them straight in, cold crash, then use that nylon bag over your racking cane, drink a beer

This. Zero problems and I've done quite a few batches this way. My last IPA had 3oz of pellets in it, and after a lengthy cold crash, it was so clear you could read through it.

TomRep 12-29-2011 02:55 AM

I use womens pantyhose for pellets and just throw in the leaf. Fill the pantyhose and tie is shut so that there is a 3-4" piece of the hose. When you dump the trub, the piece sticks out far enough to grab it and it comes right out. Makes a comical sound on the way out as well.
tom

stblindtiger 12-29-2011 03:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bottlebomber (Post 3608585)
Then you can take the bag out easily, and squeeze all the hoppy deliciousness out.


Is this a good idea? Can't you get an astringent/off flavors that way? I've always been careful just to let it sit there and drain out, without actually squeezing the bag...

bottlebomber 12-29-2011 03:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stblindtiger

Is this a good idea? Can't you get an astringent/off flavors that way? I've always been careful just to let it sit there and drain out, without actually squeezing the bag...

Its a great idea, and has become standard operating procedure. When you think about it, what astringency could you possibly extract that boiling them for an hour wouldn't? I just did this with 4 ounces a few weeks ago, and the beer is amazing.

Spartan1979 12-29-2011 03:50 AM

I just throw pellets in. Just rack after cold crashing. No grain bag over the racking cane. Very little hops get transferred and they come out in the first glass.


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