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Old 12-29-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default 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?

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Old 12-29-2011, 12:38 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 12-29-2011, 03:02 AM   #3
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Drop them straight in, cold crash, then use that nylon bag over your racking cane, drink a beer

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Old 12-29-2011, 03:11 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 12-29-2011, 03:17 AM   #5
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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...

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Old 12-29-2011, 03:48 AM   #6
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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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