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Old 05-31-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Sanitizing hop bag prior to dry hopping

I am planning on dry hopping in the keg using a mesh hop bag. Should the bag just be soaked in sanitizer like other equipment? I've always just thrown the dry hops in & am now trying a bag so am unfamiliar.....

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Old 05-31-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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I am planning on dry hopping in the keg using a mesh hop bag. Should the bag just be soaked in sanitizer like other equipment? I've always just thrown the dry hops in & am now trying a bag so am unfamiliar.....
Yes, that will work. Sometimes I'll be getting ready in the kitchen when I'm kegging, so I've boiled the hops bags as well. Either is fine.
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I throw my hop bag in a small pot of water and boil it for a bit, then add hops and throw in the fermenter.

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Either way works. Back when I used to use them I did both. It seems easier just to soak them though. I always have a quart spray bottle of starsan in distilled water handy, often I'll just dump that into a bowl and drop whatever I want to sanitize in.

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I do the same as revvy when dryhopping using a bag. Soak the bag for a bit in starsan then proceed.

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+1 for starsan.

Let is soak for a couple of minutes, put the hops in and down it goes

Boiling is really great but, call me maniac, in the time where it's out of the kettle and in the carboy / keg, it could get bugs on it. When it's full of starsan, it's unlikely to happen

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After dryhopping in a bag with leaf hops, I quickly realized that I'll never do that again. What a huge mess and waste of time... And pellets sink, so I don't see the need for a bag whatsoever. To get more aroma, using more dryhops would be better vs. bagging a lesser amount and weighing them down. If you're worried about excess trub, then wrap the bottom of your racking cane with the mesh bag to prevent hop/yeast particles from entering the bottling bucket.

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After dryhopping in a bag with leaf hops, I quickly realized that I'll never do that again. What a huge mess and waste of time...
I've actually found the opposite to be true...getting loose leaf hops through the mouth of a carboy, even with a funnel, is a long, messy process. In a bag I can just jam them through without hops going everywhere.
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Try getting that huge, bagged bulge of hops in-and-out of the neck of a carboy without it busting and stirring up the trub. This is especially a problem in the primary.

Most people add the leaf hops to the empty secondary BEFORE adding the beer on top of them.

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Right, that's what I'm saying is easier - getting the bagged bulge of hops through the neck. Takes some pushing, but it sure beats trying to funnel & getting leaf hops everywhere, IME. Haven't had one burst yet. And it's on the top, so no concern about disturbing the trub.

I use a 5g nylon paint strainer bag, soaked in StarSan.

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