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Old 10-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #11
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Yeah just add some dry hops to the beer. For an IPA I'd add 2 to 3 ounces and use a hop similar to the aroma hops.

I like to use dry whole leaf hops for everything. I think they have a nicer flavor than pellets. If you dry hop with whole leaf make sure to dry hop in a bucket. They're a PITA to get into and out of a carboy.

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:24 AM   #12
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I'd say bottle right away, don't let it sit another week, the risk of autolysis is still there.
Instead, you could make a hop tea and use in your priming solution. Add a few grains of dry yeast to ensure you'll get some carbonizing fermentation in your bottles, in case your original yeast didn't make it.

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Old 10-03-2012, 12:34 PM   #13
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I'd say bottle right away, don't let it sit another week, the risk of autolysis is still there.
Instead, you could make a hop tea and use in your priming solution. Add a few grains of dry yeast to ensure you'll get some carbonizing fermentation in your bottles, in case your original yeast didn't make it.
No there's not a risk of autolysis in there. People have left there beers upwards of a YEAR with no issues. The autolysis boogeyman has been largely disproven, even by the people who started the scare to begin with. (John Palmer) We don't panic, or spread that panic around here. Autolysis is not "inevitable" in beers left in extended primaries....

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Kirk, you were asking about dry hopping earlier. It's not hard, I just chuck the hops in thefermenter. And NO you don't want to ever stir fermented beer. Fermented beer + Oxygen = Liquid cardboard.

Just drop them in, and let the hops do their thing. Bags are optional. If you don't bag, the stuff will just float, and ride the surface of the beer and get stuck in the trub when you rack to bottle.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #14
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If you bag them with ballast, as mentioned earlier, it is easier to remove them and it's a bit more effective since the hops are fully submerged and have more surface area making contact with the beer. However, it may indeed be a PITA getting them in/out of a carboy; buckets make it easy.

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:18 AM   #15
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No there's not a risk of autolysis in there. People have left there beers upwards of a YEAR with no issues. The autolysis boogeyman has been largely disproven, even by the people who started the scare to begin with. (John Palmer) We don't panic, or spread that panic around here. Autolysis is not "inevitable" in beers left in extended primaries....

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Oh. Thanks for the friendly slap on my fingers, I admit to not knowing these more recent findings. I will stop perpetuating this myth, then. Thanks!
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Give it a taste. You will be able to tell if its off. Chances are if you left it undisturbed it will be excellent. I see a lot of comments to dry hop, again I would taste it before deciding to do anything. After you taste if you want more hop aroma/flavor give it a dry hop.

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If you bag them with ballast, as mentioned earlier, it is easier to remove them and it's a bit more effective since the hops are fully submerged and have more surface area making contact with the beer. However, it may indeed be a PITA getting them in/out of a carboy; buckets make it easy.
Easy solution for this is to tie a length of dental floss or kitchen twine to the muslin bag, add ballast, and submerge. Sanatize the whole rig of course and leave the length of twine/floss hanging out of the carboy. After siphoning off, just pull the bag and spent hops out.
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