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Old 04-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #1
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I've read several different ways of dry hopping and was wondering which of these the forum has had success with. My dry hopping experiences have been....."less than optimal". Give details as to hop varieties, hop form, stage at which they were introduced, and how they were introduced, and how long you let them set.

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Old 04-14-2005, 06:22 PM   #2
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I just finished an SNPA clone not too long ago which required dry hopping. I used cascade hop pellets and just dropped them in the secondary for 2 weeks. I was then very careful when siphoning to my bottling bucket to avoid getting any hop particles in my beer. Seems like it worked, the beer tastes great!

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Old 04-14-2005, 08:13 PM   #3
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Ditto... just bottled a SNPA clone myself... just had to be extra carefull in racking to the bottling bucket, then in bottling.

One thing I did do, I did let the beer sit in the bottling bucket for about 30-60 minutes... that just let some of the pieces of hop that may have gotten through sink to the bottom. THen I bottled away. I will let you know how it tastes in about...... 10 days... (if I can wait)

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Old 04-14-2005, 09:54 PM   #4
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My most recent dry hopping experience is with my Hop Rod Rye clone. Some Amarillo and Centennial. Whole hops. Two weeks in the secondary after fermenting was basically complete. I very briefly steamed them before adding them. It definitely adds some nice aroma. Cheers!

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Old 04-20-2005, 07:54 PM   #5
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if you keg your brews, you can use a commercial stainless steel tea grain ball and drop that into your keg while dispesning. talk about another little umph of hops!
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Old 04-24-2005, 04:50 PM   #6
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In answer to Dennis' question regarding dry hopping, I have tried three methods: 1). Adding hops in the secondary fermentor, 2). Adding hops into the keg using a straining bag sterilized by boiling first, 3). Pouring wort over dry hops in a strainer as I keg. Each method provides a different result, but all are satisfying. I am perfecting the third method as you normally don't aeriate wort while kegging, so I am building a small 'hopback' device to fit into the keg. We'll see how it works. For the floral aroma of dry hopping, I love Cascades. Throwing a few pellets into the secondary also seems to work well. Cheers.

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I typically dry hop with pellets and do not use a sock or bag. Just toss 'em in the secondary. My pale ale is pretty popular with the "I don't like dark beer" crowd and uses 1 oz. of Cascade for dry hopping.

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I got an ESB thats in the primary that calls for dry hopping. I've only done one previous dry-hop with an IPA and pellets in the secondary. Looked like a siphoning nightmare but after 2 weeks they settled pretty well and the brew was great.

I'm using pellets again with the ESB and was considering using a hop bag/sock. Anyone tried this before or have reason why I shouldn't? Want it hoppy so don't want to constrict anything...

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Old 04-25-2005, 09:42 PM   #9
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If dry hopping in the secondary, I just throw in whole flowers loose and let the wort have at it. If I dry hop in the keg, I use a sterilized bag so dispensing doesn't get plugged. Works both ways for me.

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My Hop Rod Clone will be 14 days dry hopping tomorrow.

Janx, did you dry hop for two weeks, then transfer to another carboy for two more weeks? Or bottle after the dry hop?

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