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Old 10-11-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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What is the best way to dry hop a brew? I was taught to rack into a five gallon carboy on top of the hops after one week of fermentation. I've read that I can just toss the hops in the primary after one week. This is my first time dry hopping so I'm not sure if it's just a choice thing or does it make any difference either way?
If it makes any difference, It's an extract brew called rogues double IPA purchased from morebeer.com.
Thanks guys in advance for your help.

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Old 10-11-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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I just toss them right into my primary 5 to 7 days before I plan on kegging. Works just fine for me.

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Old 10-11-2011, 10:40 PM   #3
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I just toss them right into my primary 5 to 7 days before I plan on kegging. Works just fine for me.
So you've never noticed a difference in taste? I noticed you said 5-7 days. My brew calls for 14 days secondary, is that preference or should I just follow the instructions?
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Dude. You're over thinking it. Doesn't matter.

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Old 10-11-2011, 11:04 PM   #5
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I know it seems like I'm over thinking it but I'm trying to get a better understanding for what I'm doing. Before I came to this site, the guy that taught me to brew had me fermenting for one week, bottle for one and then drink. So when I found this site I got see how much I really don't know. I'm not trying to over think it, I'm trying to find out when, how and why to do something.

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I know it seems like I'm over thinking it but I'm trying to get a better understanding for what I'm doing. Before I came to this site, the guy that taught me to brew had me fermenting for one week, bottle for one and then drink. So when I found this site I got see how much I really don't know. I'm not trying to over think it, I'm trying to find out when, how and why to do something.
I do not think you are over thinking.
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I put my hops- pellet or whole- in a muslin bag with some stainless steel bolts in it (so it will stay on the bottom/ middle of the carboy), put it in my secondary, then rack on top of it. I leave it there for 7 days, then bottle. Keeps excess hop matter to a minimum. Just make sure you dont compact the hops too much, otherwise you wont get proper utilization from the hops.

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Old 10-11-2011, 11:18 PM   #8
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Here's what I do:

1. ferment for 10 - 30 days in the primary, depending on the beer

2. if I'm harvesting the yeast, I transfer the beer into a secondary carboy and dry hop for 4 - 10 days, depending on the beer and hops

3. if I'm not harvesting the yeast, I add the hops to the primary, to avoid transferring the beer

Hope this helps!

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I just toss them right into my primary 5 to 7 days before I plan on kegging. Works just fine for me.
This is how I do it too. You figure out when you will be going to bottle/keg then count backwards 5-7 days and add the hops then. I've also just added them to my primary. Less rackings, less risk of oxidation/contamination and you still get great results.

My current quest is finding the correct amount of hops to add. First batch was 1oz. total (half EKG and half Fuggles). Second batch was 3oz. total (same tyoe and %s). This time I'm planning one ounce each (for a week). It's my English IPA recipe, which is damned tasty.
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Here's what I do:

1. ferment for 10 - 30 days in the primary, depending on the beer

2. if I'm harvesting the yeast, I transfer the beer into a secondary carboy and dry hop for 4 - 10 days, depending on the beer and hops

3. if I'm not harvesting the yeast, I add the hops to the primary, to avoid transferring the beer

Hope this helps!
That's helps a lot. Thank you for the tips.
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