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Old 10-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default Three week dry hop?

I'm about to attempt my first dry hopping, and some of the reading I've done is conflicting about the length of time recommended for this. The safe estimate seems to be 1-2 weeks, but say I'm going out of town and can't bottle for 3 weeks from now.

Should I rack into secondary and dry hop for 3 weeks, or rack into secondary now and add the hops after a week as passed?

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Old 10-09-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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I wouldn't plan on leaving the hops in longer than 10 days... As I understand it they'll impart a grassy flavor if left in longer than that...

Just my .02...

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Old 10-10-2009, 12:42 AM   #3
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I agree with the Bonger. Just dry hop when you get back. That extra time in secondary will only improve your beer.

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Old 10-10-2009, 01:04 AM   #4
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Well, I disagree with all. Dryhop as long as possible. If a IPA you a are searching for, an IPA you will find.

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:01 AM   #5
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There are negative effects of dry hopping for too long. Many of which have to do with temperature. While it may be ok to dry hop for 3 weeks, I would recommend you lower the temperature of your beer to 45 to 50 degrees which will significantly reduce problems like the vegetal or grassy flavors you might get. Otherwise, I usually dry hop for 4 days to a week at 68 degrees. YMMV

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:34 AM   #6
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I'll vouch for dry-hopping too long. My first IPA (currently downing, with some difficulty) has a distinct green apple/grass aftertaste. Nothing a longer ferment/shorter hop time could hurt.

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Old 10-10-2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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I dry-hop my IPA for 2-3 weeks at around 68 deg F. No grass flavor whatsoever, but I am just using Cascade pellets.

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Old 10-10-2009, 01:33 PM   #8
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I'd wait until you got back. Most of the hop oils dissolve in the first week and the sooner you bottle after that the better.

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i just bottled an IPA after dry hopping in secondary for 2-3 weeks. couldnt accumulate empty bottles fast enough. =/

we'll see how it turns out...

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I just got done with a hoppy red ale, using a pliny inspired dry hop schedule. It got three rounds of pellet hops over three weeks (one week apiece, with the first addition being in there for three) I dry hopped in the primary after 3 weeks. this beer sat in the primary for 6 weeks. I cannot taste any off flavors from the extended dry hopping at all. my beer was at 69 degrees for the duration of the dry hopping

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