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Old 05-23-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Dry hopping question....any input appreciated.

So, this is probably a redundant and highly varied question, but how long is "too long" to leave in dry hops before racking to keg?
I've got a really tasty IPA that has been in primary for 2 weeks, and i've got 1oz of Citra, Magnum and Crystal that I plan to use, and plan to leave it in primary for another week to 10 days.
Am I dry hopping too early? I really don't want to screw up this already tasty beer by leaving my dry hop addition in too long (starting it early).

Thanks in advance....

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:01 PM   #2
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You'll be fine, you can go up to about 14 days once you dry hop. I've read that anything over that may impart some grassy / vegetative flavors. My hoppy IPA's usually sit with the dry hops in for 10 - 14 days before I bottled.

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I dryhop about a week before packaging, no matter how long the beers been in the fermenter. That maintains the best flavor and doesn't risk pulling out any grassy or vegetal flavors.

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It seems like the folks that get the grassy taste from longer than a week are those that buy bulk hops and dont reseal properly leading to oxidized hops. Still my first dry hop here I am going 7 days then bottle.

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Thanks for the input.
With all that being said, this IPA has an OG of 1.074 and finished at 1.009. The WLP001 went absolutely ballistic (obviously) and finished about 6 points below where I had intended.
What would you expect out of this beer, based on that? I'm guessing it's going to be super dry, and hope the alcohol content doesn't overpower. ????

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Thanks for the input.
With all that being said, this IPA has an OG of 1.074 and finished at 1.009. The WLP001 went absolutely ballistic (obviously) and finished about 6 points below where I had intended.
What would you expect out of this beer, based on that? I'm guessing it's going to be super dry, and hope the alcohol content doesn't overpower. ????
I am far from an expert but that sounds like Imperial land to me. You can prolly hop the crap out of that.
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Should be around 8.5%. Wow, 88% attenuation! What temp did you ferment at?

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Ya, the recipe was borderline IIPA to start with, and now that it attenuated so well, it's definitely and Imperial.
I fermented at 66-68....and it accidentally got up to 70 for a few hours. Other than that, it stayed between 66-68. Two vials of WLP001, mainly because it turned into a big beer, and I didn't do a starter. Lag time of ~18 hours, but when it went....it was fermenting solid for 1 week straight.
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It seems like the folks that get the grassy taste from longer than a week are those that buy bulk hops and dont reseal properly leading to oxidized hops.
Hmmm...You should gather your data and prove your assumption. I await the results.
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Hmmm...You should gather your data and prove your assumption. I await the results.
I am not trying to prove anything. I am just making an observation off of a thread from somewhere else where several brewers admitted that they didn't take proper care in storing there hops and subsequently had problems with dry hopping longer than a week where as others had no problems dry hopping much longer. I decided to take the advice on just a week anyway because I don't know any better at this point.
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