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Old 09-10-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default How do you minimize the possibility of oxidation when dry hopping?

I don't keg right now and I have no access to CO2 to purge the carboys... how do you minimize the possibility of oxidation when dry hopping for, say, a IIPA?

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Old 09-10-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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I don't keg right now and I have no access to CO2 to purge the carboys... how do you minimize the possibility of oxidation when dry hopping for, say, a IIPA?
When I put the hops in, I put them in gently and don't splash. That's about it.
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When I put the hops in, I put them in gently and don't splash. That's about it.
Same here. I just don't worry too much about it.
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Exactly. Open it up, drop the hops in, and close 'er up. Don't sweat it.

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I'm not very experienced with dry hopping myself, only done it 3 times, but the mike mcdole method is to dry hop at 2/3 of FG so that whatever O2 is introduced will be eaten by the still active fermentation. you have to boost the dry hop quantity to compensate for the loss to active fermentation though.

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When I put the hops in, I put them in gently and don't splash. That's about it.
That's what I do as well, and I've never noticed any oxidation in my dry hopped beers. I've probably only dry hopped about 8 times.
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That's what I do as well, and I've never noticed any oxidation in my dry hopped beers. I've probably only dry hopped about 8 times.
I dryhop most of my beers, as about 4 out of 5 of my brewdays involve IPA, APA, or a hoppy amber!

On Thursday, I had 10 gallons ready to dryhop and I wanted one of the fermenters for my new brew. So I added the dryhops to one 5 gallon fermenter, but racked one of the 5 gallons to a new carboy onto 3 ounces of dryhops. Same recipe, but one was dryhopped in the primary while one was dryhopped in secondary. Either way works, and I've never noticed a difference!
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Awesome, thanks for the replies!

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Put the hops in. Push them into the wort. Finish your brewing and bottling/kegging, then drink your awesome beer ASAP.

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1. Slowly pick up 1 pellet.
2. Very gently place the pellet onto the surface of the beer.
3. Release the pellet.
4. Repeat until you have no more pellets.

It only takes 15 minutes per ounce.






















OR



You could just RDWHAHB and just dump them in.

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