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Old 01-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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I have been experimenting with added dry hops to cider. My assumption has been that if I were to add the hops in the primary much of the aroma would be expelled by the vigorous action of the fermentation. So I have been adding my hops to the secondary and removing them after three or four days by racking. I just watched a Youtube video of someone adding aroma hops to cider in the primary. Would I likely get more or less impact adding them earlier?

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I do ALL of my dry-hopping in primary. As long as active fermentation has subsided, you won't lose anymore aroma than if you did so in secondary.

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I do ALL of my dry-hopping in primary. As long as active fermentation has subsided, you won't lose anymore aroma than if you did so in secondary.
But in the primary the fermentation is active. I rack when the action slows and the SG has dropped close to 1.005 . Do you keep your cider in the primary after the fermentation has slowed?
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But in the primary the fermentation is active. I rack when the action slows and the SG has dropped close to 1.005 . Do you keep your cider in the primary after the fermentation has slowed?
Yes, I do not secondary unless I'm adding oak or some other ingredient that requires more than a couple weeks aging. There is no negative to leaving it in primary, unless you're going to age for several months.
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