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Old 04-01-2014, 01:44 AM   #21
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I tried dry hopping an IPA for the first time using 1 oz of fuggle leaf hops and a muslin bag. I fermented in a bucket/primary for two weeks and then racked over the hops in a carboy. It was a pain in the a$$ to get the bag in the carboy(and I probably contaminated the batch...even though I washed my hands very well before the ordeal). So, my question is how do you get the hop bag in to the fermenter? Or Is it best to dry hop in a bucket? Thanks in advance.


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Old 04-01-2014, 02:33 AM   #22
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I was given this piece of advice by the gentleman at my local HBS. I have not tried it yet, but plan to when I brew my next ipa or apa.

He said to add the hops to your primary fermenter when it is done fermenting. Leave it there for no more than 3 days then rack over to secondary for aging and cold crashing. He said by dry hoping this way you will eliminate the piney flavor that often comes with dry hopping for too long.

Like I said... I haven't tried yet but I know that on previous IPAs I've made I let dry hop a week or longer (because I was out of town) and the piney flavor was very predominant.

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Why the hell would you age an IPA? Cold crash in primary and keg.



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Old 04-19-2014, 10:00 PM   #23
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Bottled my first IPA a week ago. Dry hopped an ounce of centennial for 6 days. When the primary was cracked open, I had an explosion of citrus aroma! This is a 2Hearted Ale clone, btw.

Can't wait (but I will, dammit!) to taste it!

Actually, I'm attending my first ever beer tasting on 4/26/14 at the newest LHBS near me. Bringing this years varieties of Cream of Three Crops, the clone above and an APA honey. Hope they go over well.


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Old 04-21-2014, 02:44 AM   #24
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Primary for three weeks, rack to keg and dry hop right in the keg. Less chance of oxidation in my opinion. IPA's are best fresh to keep that nice hoppy aroma and flavor. I don't care about clear beer, especially in an IPA. Some of the best IPA'S I've ever had were not clear. Hope this helps some.

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