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Old 08-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default dry hop addition to NB extract kits

I bought 2 Northern Brewer extract kits this week and was thinking about using up some extra hops i have in the freezer to dry hop the kits.

I have 1 oz of Cascade pellet hops i was going to use in the Shining Star Pale Ale kit. And 1 oz of Willamette that I was going to add to the dry hop addition in the RyePA kit.

Any thoughts on this?

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Old 08-21-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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Cascade is great for dry hopping, willamette I've not tried. If you are trying the kits for the first time I would wait. I like to try them as is then make my adjustments. But brew as your gut tells you.

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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Both should be good for dry hopping, the Cascade should add citrus/grapefruit flavor/aroma. The Willamette spicy/earthy. Neither should add bitterness when dry hopping, I'd go for it. But I like experimenting

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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I'm going to do my first dry hop once my first IIPA is done fermenting. I've read to use at least 2 oz. But those are for ipa's, but I'm sure an oz will add to some aroma. I'm all for trying it out.

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thanks for all the advice.

Sweed, i looked at the RyePA recipe instructions and it only has a half oz of Palisade for dry hopping so i may add the 1 oz of Willamette. The PA kit doesn't include any hops for dry hopping so maybe will leave that one alone.

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:13 PM   #6
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I once made the mistake of not labeling my fermenting buckets when I had multiple batches fermenting at once. Had an Oberon clone and an apricot blonde fermenting at the same time thinking I would remember which is which. Long story short, I forgot which was which and ended up adding apricot puree to my Oberon clone making it an apricot wheat which still turned out pretty tasty. I always dry hop my Oberon clone with 2 oz of Cascade so since I goofed on the Oberon, I dry hopped the blonde ale and it turned out great! I love my hops so if I were you, I'd dry hop!

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gonna dry hop for sure. bought 1 oz of Columbus today to go with 1 oz of Cascade i already have. I probably will be brewing it this weekend but first have to bottle a all Cascade IPA.

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