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Old 12-14-2009, 01:30 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I do AG, ferment in sankes and secondary is done in my corney kegs, from their they get force carbonated and to the kegerator they go for drinking.

I have never dry hopped but want to try an IPA coming up. Is it possible to dry hop with whole leaf hops in the corney? Will the hops clog the fluid pickup tube?


Thanks for your help.

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Old 12-14-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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With whole hops you will obviously have a lot larger volume of hop material. I would recommend using a small hop/grain bag and fix it to the dip tube with a nylon zip tie or something similar.

I use stainless mesh balls (insert pervert comment here) that can be bought from home brew stores for ~$4 or from walmart for ~$1.50 in the kitchen aisle.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:00 AM   #3
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Ilovebeer,
I dry hop in the keg all the time. What I do is:
1. force carb the beer
2. refridgerate in my kegerator
3. place hops in a weighted hop bag or large s.s. tea ball attached to a length of dental floss
4. drop hops into keg and tie the end of dental floss to ext. lid
5. replace lid on keg and re-seal with co2 pressure
Hop aroma/flavor will increase with exposure but I will normally leave the hops in the keg for a week before tasting. Once I have achieved the level of aroma/flavor that I like I will remove the hop bag.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:01 AM   #4
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Ilovebeer,
I dry hop in the keg all the time. What I do is:
1. force carb the beer
2. refridgerate in my kegerator
3. place hops in a weighted hop bag or large s.s. tea ball attached to a length of dental floss
4. drop hops into keg and tie the end of dental floss to ext. lid
5. replace lid on keg and re-seal with co2 pressure
Hop aroma/flavor will increase with exposure but I will normally leave the hops in the keg for a week before tasting. Once I have achieved the level of aroma/flavor that I like I will remove the hop bag.
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www.thebackyardbrewer.com
I like this. I might give it a try.
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scut monkey...what a cool idea...to love mesh balls that is

mbird...thanks for the advice!

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scut monkey...what a cool idea...to love mesh balls that is

mbird...thanks for the advice!
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HAHA yep! Thanks again for the help and advice

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No prob. MrBird has a pretty good system that I wouldn't mind trying myself. I would give it a shot.

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I dry hop in the keg in a mesh bag and I leave them in until the keg is empty.

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Hi there,

I do AG, ferment in sankes and secondary is done in my corney kegs, from their they get force carbonated and to the kegerator they go for drinking.

I have never dry hopped but want to try an IPA coming up. Is it possible to dry hop with whole leaf hops in the corney? Will the hops clog the fluid pickup tube?


Thanks for your help.


My procedure is identical to yours. I ferment in Sankey kegs also, secondary in Corney kegs (setup for dry-hopping) and rack to another keg for the “bright tank”. I have been doing it this way for a few years and have perfected a method for extracting a very good dry-hop flavor.
Here it is:
*Ferment in the keg as you have been.
*Rack to the Corney Keg fitted with a Surescreen: http://www.northernbrewer.com/default/surescreen.html, which has your dry-hop addition and has been thoroughly purged with C02. In my experience, hops that are floating free in the Corney Keg have much better contact with the beer than if they are contained within a bag. I have used both methods and found that I can get more dry-hop flavor from hops with a Surescreen, than can be extracted from a bag.
*After a few weeks, I crash chill, rack to a clean keg, add gelatin to drop the tannins and suspended hop matter and carbonate.

Note: the Surescreen does not work well with pellet hops they clog the screen. I also coarsely chop my whole hops, in a food processor to break the cones up a bit and further improve the contact between the luplin glands in the hops and my beer. Works really good for me.
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