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Old 07-29-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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hey, I am making my 3rd batch of extract from a kit, it's an IPA. I was thinking about dry hopping when I go to my secondary. This is a dumb, really noob question since I have never strayed from my kit recipes, but do I just go to my local brew shop, by some hops, and toss them into my secondary? I just don't want to mess anything up on 5 gallons of good beer... And how much would I use? I love a good, hoppy IPA.



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This is a dumb, really noob question since I have never strayed from my kit recipes, but do I just go to my local brew shop, by some hops, and toss them into my secondary?
Yes, that's what I do.

Actually, I like to put the hops in first and rack the beer into it. The hops tend to float at first and I like to soak them well. Some people use bags for their hops, because it makes it easier to rack off of them. I don't, because I have more trouble getting the damn bag full of hops into and out of the carboy that I do with racking off of them when I'm finished.

Hops (especially leaf hops) will "soak up" some beer, so you may find that you're bottling only 4.5 gallons at the end. To my mind, it's worth it!

I like to use about an ounce of hops for a week. That's a general guideline. In my DFH 60 clone, I use 1 ounce of amarillo and .5 ounce of simcoe.

What's your recipe? We can help you figure out a good hop variety to dryhop with, and give you an idea of how much.


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You are correct. Simply add the hops to the secondary and rack onto them. OR you can put the hops in a hop bag, this helps minimize sediment. How much you use is up to you. I'd say at least a half ounce to an ounce.

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If you bought a kit, it should have come with the hops you should be using for your dry hopping.

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I dry hopped for the first time on my last batch and threw pellets into the secondary. However, I ended up with little hop particles floating in my secondary and bottling bucket. For the most part, they didn't make it into the final beer, although said beer is technically still conditioning.

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If you bought a kit, it should have come with the hops you should be using for your dry hopping.
the kit recipe didn't call for dry hopping, it's a little addition I am doing on my own.
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the kit recipe didn't call for dry hopping, it's a little addition I am doing on my own.
I love dryhopped beers, so that sounds great!
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What's your recipe? We can help you figure out a good hop variety to dryhop with, and give you an idea of how much.
its a True Brew Maestro Series India Pale Ale
unhopped amber malt extract - 2 cans
crystal grain - 1 lb
pilgrim hop pellets - 1 oz
first gold hop pellets - 1 oz
heavy toast oak chips - 1/2 oz
ale yeast - 1 pack
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its a True Brew Maestro Series India Pale Ale
unhopped amber malt extract - 2 cans
crystal grain - 1 lb
pilgrim hop pellets - 1 oz
first gold hop pellets - 1 oz
heavy toast oak chips - 1/2 oz
ale yeast - 1 pack
Wow- believe it or not, I've never used either of those hops varieties! I aussme that the first gold hops are the finishing hops, and the pilgrim hops are the bittering hops.

Since that's an English IPA, I'd either dryhop with East Kent Goldings, or crystal hops. Possibly fuggles. English IPAs tend to be less hoppy than their American counterparts, and I'm no expert on them. But I'd stay away from the American "C" hops, because they would overpower your malt bill and not really be appropriate for the English IPA.
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Wow- believe it or not, I've never used either of those hops varieties! I aussme that the first gold hops are the finishing hops, and the pilgrim hops are the bittering hops.

Since that's an English IPA, I'd either dryhop with East Kent Goldings, or crystal hops. Possibly fuggles. English IPAs tend to be less hoppy than their American counterparts, and I'm no expert on them. But I'd stay away from the American "C" hops, because they would overpower your malt bill and not really be appropriate for the English IPA.
lol, i didn't know there was a difference between English and American IPAs. I'll need to make a real strong one next I guess. But you're right, the first gold are the finishers. Thanks for the help though!


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