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Old 11-05-2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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We brewed our second batch of beer this afternoon, an IPA from a True Brew kit. We visited a local brewery and bought fresh yeast (a California Ale strain) as well as Citra hops to use for dry hopping. The bag is 1 oz, and we are unsure if we should use the whole bag or just a half oz. Online research and the Home Brew book we purchased are contradictory. Does it come down to personal preference, or is the 1 oz. bag a good amount for a 5 gallon batch?

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:53 AM   #2
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advice...whatever amount you use, use a hop bag.

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A good starting point is 1oz in 5 gallons of finished beer (for dry hopping). Once the beer is finished fermenting, and otherwise ready, add the dry hops to it. I also advise the hop bag for this, since it will contain the hops and make transfers easier.

I use 1oz of whole hops in a 3 gallon corny keg when dry hopping. I get what I want from that amount/ratio. I also add the hops to the keg right before the keg goes into the brew fridge to chill and carbonate (2 week slow carbonation method). This produces wonderful hop aroma/flavor in my glass for the entire keg. No need to remove the hops (at all) until you're cleaning out the kicked keg. I'm not the only one that dry hops this way.

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Anyone know of a better bag ? I would think something like a hop ball but long and round for carboy use ?

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