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Old 04-30-2013, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Dry hopping with citra leaves. Should I use a nylon bag or not?

So I have a Citra IPA that has been fermenting for about 9 days. Within the next few days I plan on transferring to secondary so I can dry hop with 2 ounces of citra leaves. This will be my first time dry hopping so I'm still not sure which would be the ideal method to go about doing this.

I can either sanitize a nylon bag with some marbles and use that or I can just add the leaves directly to the secondary. In other words, would using the nylon bag be worth the extra effort or should I not bother and add the leaves without a bag?

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I find it much easier to dry hop, with no bag, in the primary fermenter. Then rack from under the floating hops.

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Is your secondary a bucket or a carboy? Bucket, why not use the bag? Carboy, toss em in whole and rack from underneath the hops.

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Is your secondary a bucket or a carboy? Bucket, why not use the bag? Carboy, toss em in whole and rack from underneath the hops.
It's a better bottle. I guess my other question would be, is there a disadvantage to not having them in a bag and weighed down so they are full submerged rather than having them loosely floating on the top?
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I find it much easier to dry hop, with no bag, in the primary fermenter. Then rack from under the floating hops.
I'm less concerned about what is easiest, and more about which will produce more hop flavor/aroma.
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I throw mine right in the Better Bottle then tie a sanitized, nylon bag onto my auto-siphon when racking to bottling bucket.

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I throw mine right in the Better Bottle then tie a sanitized, nylon bag onto my auto-siphon when racking to bottling bucket.
That's definitely a good idea. I'll be sure to do that if I decide to keep the hops loose.
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How are you going to get a nylon bag full of beer swollen hop cones out of the narrow neck of the carboy? That is why I toss them in loose. I get plenty of hop flavor and aroma from this.

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How are you going to get a nylon bag full of beer swollen hop cones out of the narrow neck of the carboy? That is why I toss them in loose. I get plenty of hop flavor and aroma from this.
I understand that would be tricky, but I'd be willing to go through the trouble if the final product turns out better as a result of the extra work. Which method produces more hop flavor/aroma?
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You can always tie a piece of fishing line to the bag for pulling it out. I dry hop loose but don't see why it wouldn't work though.

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