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Old 03-21-2007, 05:45 PM   #1
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Hey, everyone. I'm about to throw some Mt Hood pellets into the primary, and I've never dryhopped with pellets before. I'm going for sort of a mild to medium floral aroma in an IPA with an OG of 60 (TG prob'ly will be around 12 or so). How much should I put in there?

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Old 03-21-2007, 05:51 PM   #2
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I'm not sure, but I know pellets aren't all that aromatic you would use more than if you were to dryhop with whole leaf hops. How much do you have on hand?
I am dryhopping this weekend with 2 oz of whole leaf cascade on my IPA.

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Old 03-21-2007, 05:52 PM   #3
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Not sure about how much, but from what I have read you should dry hop in the secondary. If you put it in the primary the aroma will be scrubed by the yeast during fermentation.

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Not sure about how much, but from what I have read you should dry hop in the secondary. If you put it in the primary the aroma will be scrubed by the yeast during fermentation.
Oh yeah, I missed that when I read his post

Secondary, definitely!


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Old 03-21-2007, 06:00 PM   #5
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That was fast!

Willsellout, I have about six ounces... Emptyh, I don't do a secondary wit my ales (other than what happens in the keg) The fermentation is very nearly over so I'm not too worried about the effects of that...

Iwas thinking I'd need more in pellets than in whole hops due to the reduced floral... So, if I was to do 2 oz whole, like willsellout up there, should I go 2.5 or 3 in pellets? Whd'ya think?

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What style is it? If it's anything other than an IPA I would say 1.5-2 oz would probably be good. If it's an IPA I would say 3. But I don't have a whole lot of experience dryhopping with pellets.


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I've dry hopped with pellets and if they are aromatic when you open them, they're fine. What I would do is wait until fermentation is done and chuck them in. I'd put in less then you think- you can always add some more but can't take them out if you add too much. Pellets seem stronger to me than whole hops, so I'd do an ounce at most to start.

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One "potential problem" with dry-hopping in the primary and especially with pellets is the time for them to settle to the bottom. I seem to recall it taking 7+ days before they start falling into the trub so you could be having your beer in the primary for <n> weeks. Racking before they fall would be a big old mess with pellet goo going into your bottle bucket or keg. Or you could use a hop bag with the pellets and dry-hop for only a week. I'd do 1 oz; maybe 2 but no more.

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Old 03-21-2007, 07:07 PM   #9
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I heard on BB radio that most commercial brewers dryhop in primary when fermentation is almost but not completely done. You can leave yeast on a primary trub without any problems for two weeks (sometimes more). Pitch a lot of healthy yeast and aerate well to get your primary ferm mostly done in about five days, dryhop, wait until the two-week mark, then rack to secondary. That's what I'd do from what I've heard on BB radio.

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Old 03-22-2007, 06:51 AM   #10
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Thanks, everyone. Hmmm. I'm wondering about that settling out thing... I agree with the idea that the beer can sit on the cake for up to two weeks, maybe longer at lower temps, but how long do pellets take to settle out? A week? Ten days? Any longer than ten days, I guess I'd consider a secondary when dry-hopping with pellets, although that adds a lot to the overall process....

(Sorry to all those brewers out there who have probably addressed this question a millon times...) -p

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