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Old 04-15-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm new to brewing and have my first batch of IPA in primary right now. My original plan was to let it sit in primary for two weeks then rack to secondary and dry hop for another 1-2 weeks. The more I'm reading I see a lot of people skip the secondary and just dry hop in primary. One concern is that when I transferred my wort to primary I just dumped it all in without straining or anything. I actually like unfiltered IPAs with some cloudiness, but with all of that trub will it cause off flavors or anything? Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-15-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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I don't transfer to secondary. I usually let my ipas sit in primary for a month or more. Never had a problem. I cold crash them before I xfer to the keg. That usually clears things up.

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Old 04-18-2012, 05:41 AM   #3
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I've moved to dry hopping in the keg with great results. I use a sanitized mesh bag weighted down, and tie dental floss to the bag. I leave the floss extending out of the keg, and pull the hops out when I feel it's time.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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The trub is not likely to be a problem if your total time in primary is 3-4 weeks. Personally, I don't see much befit in more than a week of dry-hopping (unless it's in keg at low temp), but YMMV. If you're really worried about a cloudy beer, cold-crash or fine it

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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A month?? Other than the fact that I looove IPAs. I make them because they're keggable (is that a word?) after 3 weeks. I always leave it in the primary...let it do its thing for a week then dry hop for 10-14 days. In my opinion, american IPAs are best fresh. I think that you'll notice that the hop character of your fresh IPAs kick arse over ANYTHING you buy thats bottled. I compared a fresh BMs tits up IPA to a bottled Hopslam...Bier Muncher won.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/tits...-silver-92914/

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Old 04-18-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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I ferment a week, then dry hop for 2 weeks then cold crash and while not crystal clear, I'm pleased with the clarity. I never have problems with off flavors but then again, I make very hoppy beers and if there are any off flavors, the hops obviously mask it.

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I started dry hopping in the primary and then after the DH time is up I transfer to cold crash and clear then bottle.

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I only transfer to secondaries for dry hopping when I plan on washing the yeast. I just feel like I can get cleaner yeast out of the primary with dry hopping in the secondary.

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thanks for your help. I decided to just throw them in the primary. It already smells awesome.

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