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Mikethepoolguy 05-22-2011 11:04 AM

I love hoppy beers but dry hopping can often put them over the top. I feel it is an overused method that can ruin a perfectly good beer. Back off on the quantity, use a hop bag to collect the debris, or just stick to late additions to the boil.

wolkphoto 05-22-2011 10:28 PM

Dry Hop ruined beer...please help
So I think my dry hop ruined my beer. I made an IPA and dry hopped w/ 1.5oz of cascade pellets. The brew tasted good pre-dry hop, I racked it off the dry hops (were in a paint strainer bag w/ marbles), into the keg, and force carbed it. It only dry hopped for 6 days. It looks like I may have gotten some hop "dust" in my rack. Is there anyway to fix this at this stage in the game? The brew tastes AWFUL. I've made the recipe before, just tweaked it a little this time. I remember years ago trying a dry hop and getting hops in the bottles, and them having this same sort of flavor. The head on it looks dirty, and I can see some small floaties.

How/can I approach this to get it good/fixed if it is infact some hop dust? will it settle and pour out in the first few pints? I named this one after SWMBO, and now I have an awful tasting beer...sign of the times? :)

wolkphoto 05-22-2011 10:34 PM

I guess I should add, that the flavor profile of the "ruined" beer, is very grassy, very earthy, and flat out not delicious. And after checking my notes, it was 2 oz of Cascade pellets.

Stevo2569 05-22-2011 10:59 PM

I have had the same thing happen before. By the end of the first week in the keg all had settled and pulled through on the first and second pints. No worries.Cheers

MBasile 05-22-2011 11:02 PM

Yeah, I'd give it some time to get those big particles settled and pulled out. You're probably tasting the hop particles rather than the flavor they contributed to the brew at this point.

mcaple1 05-22-2011 11:08 PM

Damn..I hope the 1/2 pound of hops I used settle out quick in my 5 gallon batch. I don't want no grass.

Magua 05-22-2011 11:09 PM

I've had good luck using gelatin to help settle the hop flakes. Normally only takes a day.

wolkphoto 05-23-2011 12:01 AM

So it's good to know that you guys have seen this before. I brewed this thing over a month ago and have been looking forward to it. So what I"m describing, it sounds like I'm tasting the "hop dust"? I used gelatin during my dry hopping in the fridge @ 45 degree F. So I should give this a few days to settle out, then pour a couple pints, toss em, and move forward? Is it worth pulling out of the keg, back into the carboy, and adding gelatin? Or just let it sit now for a few days and toss the first few pints?

In regards to dry hopping...it's supposed to be the bees knees, but it's given me problems the 2 times I've tried it. Is it really worth the hassle?

hillhousesawdustco 05-23-2011 12:47 AM

Dry hopping is definitely worth the hassle, in my opinion. Sticking your nose over a pint of IPA and breathing in those gorgeous aromas is the best (well, close) part of any hoppy beer! I'm surprised you're getting so many flakes with your hops bagged, but just give it a bit and all should be fine and delicious!

logdrum 05-23-2011 04:00 PM

Try dry hopping with whole hops instead of pellets. I put 1-2 oz in a paint strainer bag, toss it in the keg & there it stays for the duration. Unbelievable aroma for IPAs, Ambers & Pales.


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