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Old 09-22-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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I was wondering, has anyone dry hopped with pellets and not used a hopsack or something similar? I really wasn't thinking about the hopsacks when I bought the pellets (and I shoulda bought the whole hops instead). With my work schedule I cannot get to the brew store until next saturday and my beer is ready for secondary. The LHBS told me I could use pantyhose. But how would I sanitize it?

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Old 09-22-2008, 10:41 PM   #2
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You could sanitize the panty hose just like any brewing gear- a no-rinse sanitizer would be great. I soak my hops bags (if I'm using them) in star-san before adding my hops for drying hopping. Most of the time, I don't use a hop bag, and just chuck the hops right in. I hate trying to get that big mess out of the carboy in the bag!

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You could sanitize the panty hose just like any brewing gear- a no-rinse sanitizer would be great. I soak my hops bags (if I'm using them) in star-san before adding my hops for drying hopping. Most of the time, I don't use a hop bag, and just chuck the hops right in. I hate trying to get that big mess out of the carboy in the bag!
Last time I dry hopped a red ale and used whole hops and a hop bag (which btw I forgot to sanitize). I'd like to just throw them in without a hopsack or pantyhose but don't know how much trouble it will be (considering they are pellets not whole) to rack to bottling bucket...
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:50 PM   #4
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Last time I dry hopped a red ale and used whole hops and a hop bag (which btw I forgot to sanitize). I'd like to just throw them in without a hopsack or pantyhose but don't know how much trouble it will be (considering they are pellets not whole) to rack to bottling bucket...
I don't find it any trouble. With this hops shortage, I use a mix of pellet hops and/or leaf hops. I just use whatever I can get! I have used a sanitized hops bag over my auto siphon when I had more than an ounce in the secondary, so it didn't clog up too bag. Usually pellet hops dissolve into sludge, and I haven't had a problem avoiding them. I would guess that most others (or at least a lot of them) use hops bags, though.
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Yeah, I'm thinking I'll just put them in without a hop bag or anything... I read that pellets tend to sink and disolve somewhat and like you said, it'll just be in the sludge... Should i put them in before adding the wort and pour the wort over them?

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Yeah, I'm thinking I'll just put them in without a hop bag or anything... I read that pellets tend to sink and disolve somewhat and like you said, it'll just be in the sludge... Should i put them in before adding the wort and pour the wort over them?
I add them first, and rack the beer onto them. They still float, though, at first.
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I dry hop with pellets w/o a bag. I let the hops float until 2 days before kegging. I'll then swirl the carboy and all the hops drop out. No issues.

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I was worried about this with my first brew earlier this month, but I just dropped the pellets on top after racking, and didn't look back. I bottled this weekend and had no problems, except for the cheesecloth plugging the cane. Took the filter off and every thing went fine, no sludge or any thing.
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I don't have a lot of experience, and I've only dry-hopped one batch. I used pellets for my Two-Hearted Ale clone and had no problems. I just didn't keg until they had settled out.

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I dry hop with pellets w/o a bag. I let the hops float until 2 days before kegging. I'll then swirl the carboy and all the hops drop out. No issues.
Thanks for the tip on swirling the carboy. That's what I'll do.
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