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Old 03-27-2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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I will be dryhopping my first IPA in a week or two and I'm looking for some pointers.

I'm thinking about just throwing 1oz of Cascades in the secondary but I guess I'm concerned about the effects of the loose hops floating around there as far as siphoning is concerned. So if I were to use a small bag and weigh it down, should I worry about sanitation of the weight and bag? What do you do?

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Old 03-27-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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I just siphon it out normally with my auto-siphon, making sure I have the little black cap thingy on the bottom.

Whatever hop particles get into the bottling bucket, usually stay at the bottom, and what little doesn't gets trapped in thin yeast layer at the bottom of my bottles.

I've never had a clarity issue due to dry hopping in the secondary.

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Old 03-27-2007, 10:14 PM   #3
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I use pellet hops so when I dryhop I just put them in a hop bag with a glass marble. I definitely sanitize both the bag and the marble. I find some hops still tend to escape so I'm not sure if there is that much benefit since the hops will settle out anyway.

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Old 03-27-2007, 10:23 PM   #4
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you can try using a knee high nylon stocking with a marble in it as well instead of a grain bag. toss in the hops and the marble (after sanatizing) and tie it shut, nothing should get out of that litle bad boy and they are cheep and disposable.

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I have a mesh bag which I boil in some water, let it steep for a while, throw an ounce or so of hops in then tie the bag up and throw it straight in the keg. Loose, unbagged hops are a menace IMO.

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My suggestion: Do it how ever is convenient for you. if you have a hop bag, try it. if not, toss em in loose.(which is how I've always have dry hopped). Either way would work.

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I only dry hop with whole hops and they float to the top. Never had a problem.

A question for those of you that use a bag or nylon hose: If you ferment in a glass carboy, doesn't the bag or nylon hose swell up and become difficult to remove from the rather narrow neck?

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A question for those of you that use a bag or nylon hose: If you ferment in a glass carboy, doesn't the bag or nylon hose swell up and become difficult to remove from the rather narrow neck?
yeah but thats part of the reasonI like the nylons. If I destroy them I dont care cuz I was gonna throw it out anyway.
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I just toss them in- pellets or whole leaf. They float, then they sink. I just rack off of them. I tried the bag thing, but it was hard to get it through the mouth of the carboy, and then it was hard to get it out!

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Just don't try to get every last drop of beer (which should apply anyway to prevent carrying over yeast) and you will be fine.
I've had to cut the plugs in half to get them to fit in the carboy.

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