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Old 05-17-2006, 09:52 PM   #1
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I have a IPA kit that calls for 1 oz. cascade hops for dry hopping but doesn't explain how to go about it.

I have a general idea of how this works, but I need more specific instructions. What should I do?

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Old 05-17-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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After your initial ferment in the primary; you then rack to a secondary carboy. You add the dry-hops in the secondary. Don't let em sit longer than 2 weeks before you bottle/keg. It gets messy looking but if using pellets, they'll eventually drop to the bottom like trub.

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Thanks for the quick reply. Could, I put them in a nylon hop bag in the secondary fermenter to cut down on mess?

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You could I think (I never had) but it might be ugly trying to get it out once it gets all bloated if you're using a carboy. I'd personally just dump them in.

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Thanks for the quick reply. Could, I put them in a nylon hop bag in the secondary fermenter to cut down on mess?
I never bother; I just drop them in. If you're using pellets, they will eventually drop to the bottom. Whole hops tend to float on the top. I have no problems siphoning either type of hop.
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i just attempted my first dry hopping.
i threw in 1/2oz cascade hops and will bottle 4 days after dryhopping.
i'll let you know how it turns out

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No probs with even 2 oz of whole hops, they float just tilt the carboy the cane will plug just at the very end of siphon. Good luck

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well i bottled my dry hopped cascade pale last night and it was easy
i threw in half an oz of cascade on sunday and bottled thursday. Transfering was simple and the cane/hose didn't clog at all.

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If you're worried about sucking dry hopped pellets into your bottling bucket, just cut a small piece of grain bag, and affix it to the end of your racking cane with a piece of sanitized rubber band.

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You could I think (I never had) but it might be ugly trying to get it out once it gets all bloated if you're using a carboy. I'd personally just dump them in.
I use hop pellets in an extra fine nylon mesh bag, it really works great. 95% of the of the pellets stay in the bag when you remove it, not ugly at all. I usually leave the hop bag in the secondary for 2 or 3 weeks. The hoppier the IPA the better.
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