I have an IPA in secondary with a muslin bag of hop pellets for dry hopping. It hs been in secondary with the hops for 7 days and I am ready to bottle but before I do so I have a couple of questions.
I am an extract brewer and have always struggled to get a light colored beer. This was my first success. The beer was maybe a 5 when I transfered to secondary but a day after adding the hop sack, the beer has darkened significantly. I assume that this is from hop particles seeping out of the bag and being suspended in the beer. I would like to bottle my beer with that light color.
1.) Is that the correct assumption?
2.) Assuming I am correct, how can I get the suspended hops out of solution before I bottle.
My only thought is to remove the bag, seal the carboy back up and let it settle for a day or 2.
Will that work? Does that add a risk of infection?
What about a cold crash? I am fermenting at 68F. I can lower it to 62?