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Old 10-17-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default I need some suggestions on dry hopping

So I am about to go into my secondaries with 10 gallons of my big IPA. I bought 2oz of Amarillo and 2oz of Simcoe. Both are loose hops. I was thinking of doing the dry hop in two additions separated by a week. 1oz into each carboy the first week, and 1oz into each carboy the second week. I am using two 5 gallon carboys for secondary.

Do you guys just throw in the loose hops or use a bag?

Any issues with just tossing them in? Absorption, siphoning/settling issues etc?

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Old 10-17-2008, 02:29 PM   #2
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I can't think of a valid reason to do two seperate additions, you might as well do them all at once. Anyway you do it, you will have absorbtion issues. Personally I just dump them in, because it's way easier than trying to stuff a hop sock though a carboy neck. As for siphoning, I'd recommend using a mesh paint strainer or fine grain bag tie wrapped to your racking cane to filter out hop particles. I forgot to do this last time and my IPA has some hop chunkies in it.

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Old 10-17-2008, 02:36 PM   #3
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That's a great idea, I was just wondering about that when reading another post about a guy's IPA that had hop chunks in the keg.

How much absorption will there be do you think? Should I use less hops?

The beer was 1.061 going in.

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I can't give you a real accurate answer on absorbtion, but if I had to guess I'd say maybe a quart or so for each carboy. Hops do soak up alot, but I've never really paid attention to how much. Your losses on 10G will be negligable.

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I know that Palmer's book suggests 1/2 oz for 5 gallons. But I read another book by the guy who started Dogfish and there is a bit in there by a guy from Russion River about dry hopping and he uses quite a bit more and also puts some in the final pouring tank. I thought it might be fun to find a stainless tea ball and put one in each keg.

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Nothing wrong with your ideas. If you read through Palmer's book he isn't big on high-alpha IPAs, I've never dry-hopped with less than 2oz.

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It already smells great. I can't wait to see what the dry hop adds.

I used over 10 oz in the boil, including a first wort hop.

Just thinking about it makes me thirsty.

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2 oz for 5 gallons is not a huge amount of hops. I would use a bag weighted down though or else they'll float on top only 60% submerged or so. It's better to have them completely submerged. 2 ounces of whole hops will take up a lot of space so make sure you have plenty of headspace in the carboy. How much absorbtion? I dunno, not alot.

BTW Bert Grant recommends dry hopping with 3-7 ounces per 5 gallons. Now THAT's a lot of hops!

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What do you use to weight the bag down with?

Does using a bag take away the amount of hop oils that get into the beer?

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A bag isn't going to affect dry-hopping alot, esp if you use a grain bag with fairly large mesh. For those who weight their hop bags I've seen them use sanitized marbles to get the bag to sink. Tie a piece of strong fishing line to the bag and route one end out of the carboy so you can pull the bag up to fish it out.

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