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Old 03-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #11
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This sound like a great idea. My only question is how do you deal with the loose hops in the beer? Do they settle down like yeast does in bottle fermentation?

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:55 PM   #12
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This sound like a great idea. My only question is how do you deal with the loose hops in the beer? Do they settle down like yeast does in bottle fermentation?
He stated that he decanted them.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #13
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Yeah, cold crash the bottles overnight or for a few days and the hops should settle out.

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Old 03-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #14
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just replied to another thread...same topic...

I did this at my last club meeting after hearing the Anchor interview. I did mine a little different. I ordered small, fillable tea bags off Amazon and stuffed the hops into them before stuffing into the beer. That way I was able to use pellets or whole hops and I wasn't pouring hop gunk. I put the bottles into the freezer for 30 minutes prior to uncapping and hopping to try to cut down on the chance of foaming over when dropping the hops in. Also, I ended up using Amstel light...I was worried about trying to re-seal the twist off Bud Light caps. I think BL would have been better (less taste and aroma) as Amstel Light did not pair real well with some of the hops.

It worked out well, but I only gave it ~ 1 week before the meeting. I would leave it at least 2 to make sure you get good hop aroma infused.

One other note, the beer did foam quite a bit when we opened them. and some bottles it was hard to pull the tea bags back out, so we just poured them anyway...the bags did an excellent job of keeping hops stuff out of the beer.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:38 PM   #15
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Couldn't you just brew a small batch of a very generic pale ale? Like only use bittering hops and 2-row?

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:44 PM   #16
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Couldn't you just brew a small batch of a very generic pale ale? Like only use bittering hops and 2-row?
Certainly, but the charm of this particular approach is that it is ridiculously easy and gives you a huge pay off in terms on knowledge gained. It also has the added bonus that you could repeat it in a highly reproducible manner without any extra effort down the road.
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you could always use the bud light aluminum bottles I have recapped on those before, they are pry-off

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:49 PM   #18
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I tried this two ways. I used coors light plastic bottles and dropped 3 pellets loose into each bottle. After one week they gushed when opened which mixed the hop bits up into the beer. You could taste the different hops slightly but all had a strong vegetative flavor. The six pack was kept in the fridge the whole time.

The second one i did was brew a mild and dry hop in the bottle loose, with priming sugar. I waited for them to carb then kept them chilled. This worked better and you could differentiate the different hops with no veg flavor. I think they lasted about 2-3 months and no gushers but you had to leave more beer in the bottle to keep it clean.

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