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Old 03-13-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Hey guys and Girls

Kinda new to this Homebrew scene so still trying to learn some basics..
im currently doing a amber ale and i would like to dry hop it using
cascade hops. Im going to use 25grams of Amarillo hops in my wort via Tea bagging. now the question i have is when should i dry hop my cascade hops? do i really need to move it to secondary or could i just place them in my primary? I know some of you will be shacking your heads thinking what a Newb but i truly have no idea. Oh and if i need to move it to secondary when is the best time?
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PS both types of hops are in pellet form

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Old 03-13-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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You'll hear lots of people on here say that they don't move from primary to secondary in a separate container to cut down on the possibility off contamination. I also practice this way of doing things.

Once your primary fermentation is complete as verified by steady gravity readings you can dry hop during or after secondary. I dry hop for five to seven days and this is done during the end of my secondary fermentation. So if my secondary is 14 days, the last 5-7 are for hop.

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cool so i could leave my brew in the primary and just leave it in there for a further 14 days and treat it as my secondary without actually moving it into a second fermenter?
thanks for the quick reply

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cool so i could leave my brew in the primary and just leave it in there for a further 14 days and treat it as my secondary without actually moving it into a second fermenter?
thanks for the quick reply
I dry hop mine after 1 week in the primary but I am fairly new to brewing and I am sure that everyone has their own way. I rack mine into the secondary fermenter to filter it but there are some people that don't use a secondary. That again is personal preference I suppose and would depend on how clear you want your beer to be
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I dry hop mine after 1 week in the primary but I am fairly new to brewing and I am sure that everyone has their own way. I rack mine into the secondary fermenter to filter it but there are some people that don't use a secondary. That again is personal preference I suppose and would depend on how clear you want your beer to be
So would you move it into secondary before it finishes fermenting?
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:21 AM   #6
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No don't move it before it finishes.
I don't secondary, I primary for a week or two then stick the dry hops in the primary for a week or two in a bag (attached to a coat hanger to help wedge it in so it doesn't float!), works great.

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It's always best to wait till the beer reaches a stable FG & settling out well before dry hopping. I also use hop sacks to keep things clean & contained. The hop oils will coat the settling yeast if the beer is still cloudy. 7-10 days before bottling is the norm.
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Thanks heaps everyone for your help. its much appreciated!

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It's always best to wait till the beer reaches a stable FG & settling out well before dry hopping. I also use hop sacks to keep things clean & contained. The hop oils will coat the settling yeast if the beer is still cloudy. 7-10 days before bottling is the norm.
Interesting. I might wait longer than a week next time then. My current one is still bubbling every few minutes in the secondary at the moment.
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Most of the time,1 week in primary is def not long ehough to finish,let alone settle out.
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