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Old 02-06-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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So I'm making a pale ale for my third batch, and I dont really know how to go about dry hopping. any suggestions?

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Old 02-06-2009, 03:08 PM   #2
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Drop 1oz of Cascades into your secondary for 7-10 days.

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Throw whatever hops you want to use in your beer for 7-14 days before bottling or kegging. I've done it with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo; they all made great beer. When you rack to bottling or keg, try to strain as much out as possible. Mmm, delicous hops.

Edit: I usually use 1 oz per 5G's.

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7-10 days, 7-14 days . . . then what, yank 'em back out? I've always wondered...

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7-10 days, 7-14 days . . . then what, yank 'em back out? I've always wondered...
If I'm dry hopping in a keg, I just leave it in, but if you're doing it primary or secondary, yes, you yank it out.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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Siphon to your bottling bucket with 'em in there. You might want to tie a muslin bag around the end of your auto siphon to help filter out the hops.

I typically dry hop with leaf because it results in a clearer end product.

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Well, by that point you'll be racking to your bottling bucket or keg. Strain them out in the process. If using whole hops (which I've never done for DH) you can use something sanitized to fish out whatever is on the top and leave whatever dropped out to the bottom. When using pellets, I siphon them through a paint strainer and it catches 99% of the hop residue that remains in large clumps. Piece of cake.

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Old 02-06-2009, 03:45 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting this question... it's been on my mind as well.

One thing that seems odd to me about DH though: everybody says to keep grains far away from your wort after you cool it since the husks have lots of nasty bacteria. Why aren't hops just as nasty since they just look like a bunch of yard debris???
I read yesterday that hops are a natural antiseptic (or something to this effect).... are they naturally a decontaminate?

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I believe it's the acidic composition of hops.

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Hops are naturally bacteriostatic, preventing cell replication in bacterias and yeasts.

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