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Old 03-01-2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default Dry Hopping W/ Pellets in secondary?

Last night I transferred my pale ale into my secondary after a week in the primary. I was wondering about a few things. First, I added the hops(pellets) for my dry hop then siphoned the beer right on top. I noticed a thick green coating(dissolved hops) floating on the top. Will this sink after a few days? I should try to avoid siphoning this into my bottling bucket right?

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Old 03-01-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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You might find it easier to carsh cool your secondary in the fridge. It will cause most off the pellets to sink to the bottom and really make it easier to siphon to your bottling bucket.

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Old 03-01-2011, 01:40 AM   #3
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Was your fermentation done? If the ferment was still active, the CO2 production could carry the hop aroma right out through the airlock.

After a week or so of secondary, those hops will have sunken to the bottom.

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Fermentation was done. What does cold crash mean?

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Cold crash means lowering the temperature of your fermenter to near freezing. This is used to clarify your brew by causing the yeast to drop out of suspension. I ferment in carboys and primary for a month. If I want/need to crash cool, I simply place the carboy in the 'man fridge' for a couple of days before I rack. Just remember to replace the air lock with some sanitized aluminum foil. If you leave the air lock on, the pressure difference as the beer chills will suck the solution from the air lock into the fermenter. No worried though because since your brew has turned into flat beer, it has a layer of CO2 on top and doesn't need the airlock.

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Old 03-01-2011, 08:18 PM   #6
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Give it time and it will all settle out. How does cold crashing affect carbonation if you bottle? Is enough yeast left in suspension to carb up?

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Yeah, I've bottled after a cold crash with no issues other than maybe an extra week to carb up.

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Does anyone advocate boiling the hops prior to adding them?

I've read a lot of conflicting things in regards to this. It seems the opinion here on the forms is just throw em in. The alcohol, lack of oxygen, and minimal probability for the hops to contain harmful bacteria are reason enough not to boil.

Also, why not hop bag the hops, put them in the secondary, then rack on the bag? Does this subtract from the hopping affect? Do the hops disintegrate anyways and get outside of the bag?

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Old 03-02-2011, 12:42 AM   #9
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Don't boil the hops.... just add them to the beer as is...
Don't even worry about a bag... they will all settle out especially if you cold crash...

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When should I put the carboy in the fridge? It has been 3 days in the secondary and was gonna bottle after a full week in the secondary. Also will this affect the carbonation in the beer?

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