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Old 09-18-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default Primary dry hopping !!

Is it best to primary dry hop or should I absolutly rack to secondary and dry hop then ?

I realy like the idea of primary dry hopping because it's one step less and less beer loss fuller kegs

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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Wait till the beer reaches Fg & settles out clear or slightly misty to dry hop. I use sanitized muslin hop sacks with no more than an ounce in each for pellets. & days works great with pklenty of aroma as soon as you crack the bottle.
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There's no BEST in brewing, it's what works for you. Lot's of folks Dry hop in primary.

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I almost always dryhop in primary. I wait until the beer is finished, and clear, and then dryhop for the last 5-7 days before packaging. I don't use bags or anything- I just gently drop the hops in so to not splash.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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I almost always dryhop in primary. I wait until the beer is finished, and clear, and then dryhop for the last 5-7 days before packaging. I don't use bags or anything- I just gently drop the hops in so to not splash.
Then if there is no hop bag, how to you get rid of the hops, so they won't go in the keg
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The only thing I don't like about dry hopping in the primary is I usually cant see the liquid level. I started using 13 gallon containers to ferment in and they're too opaque to see anything through. So I usually just transfer the top half to the keg and the bottom half to a carboy and give it a couple days to settle out before bottling.

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Then if there is no hop bag, how to you get rid of the hops, so they won't go in the keg
I stick a bazooka screen on the end of my transfer tube. I had to wrap cheese cloth around the screen the time I tried pellets. I usually use whole leaf.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:13 PM   #8
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Cool thanks

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cold crashing after dry hopping will cause most of the particles to sink with the yeast and trub as well

careful racking or using a paint strainer bag will keep hop debris out of the keg or bottling bucket

if you rack in primary you def want to make sure active fermentation is over, the co2 will drive off aroma but also the yeast will bind with the hop oils

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #10
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Another clearing method is gelatin or cold crashing. I throw the hops straight in the carboy and then do one of the two previously stated clearing tricks, and also put the beer through a couple one-gallon paint strainer bags on the way to my bottling bucket to make sure no shrapnel gets through. Works quite well. I imagine they'd work well for kegging too.

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