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Old 03-15-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Over dry hopped?

Is it possible to go overboard while dry hopping an IIPA? Let say a 5 gallon batch in secondary with 4oz, 12oz or even 2lb's of hops or more. What kind of effect, other than aroma, could come from this?
Good idea or no?

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Old 03-15-2010, 02:30 AM   #2
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Overly dry hopped beers, I've read (maybe in one of Randy Mosher's books, I can't remember for sure) can acquire a grassy or vegetal taste. I can't speak from personal experience though - I usually dry hop in small amounts and for modest amounts of time, around 4 days.

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If you use leaf hops, you'll lose a lot of liquid that gets absorbed by the hops. If you use pellet, you'll have a ton of hop sludge that you'll need to rack off the top of. Either way, you'll lose a noticeable amount of volume.

4 oz is not going overboard at all. 2 lbs is.

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Too much can taste like eating the lawn. Did it once and eventually it faded to be very drinkable.

Quantity depends on the hops used and the beer. Pliny the Elder uses more than 4 oz in a 5 gallon batch.

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I'm at the end of the grassy/vegetal stage of an over hopped bitter. Nasty, though drinkable, at first, but gets better over time.

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Doesn't the grassy flavor come from dry hopping for too long, not from too much?

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Thanks for the info.
I am planning to do a 4oz dry hop with my iipa.
2oz centennial and 2 oz cascade for 10-14 days.
Anyone see any problem with that amount or time?

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Too much can taste like eating the lawn. Did it once and eventually it faded to be very drinkable.

Quantity depends on the hops used and the beer. Pliny the Elder uses more than 4 oz in a 5 gallon batch.
It uses almost 7oz. I just threw mine in yesterday.
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Does the time make much difference or does it basically reach a certain point and that's all that can be released? I only dry hopped with a couple of ounces, but I may have to delay bottling for another week. Shouldn't be an issue should it?

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Does the time make much difference or does it basically reach a certain point and that's all that can be released? I only dry hopped with a couple of ounces, but I may have to delay bottling for another week. Shouldn't be an issue should it?
The time absolutely makes a difference. Too short and you won't get much out of it. Too long and you'll start to lose the hop flavor and aroma that you're trying to add. IME 7-10 days seems to be the sweet spot.
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