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Old 01-17-2013, 03:30 AM   #1
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So, my black IPA recipe says that active fermentation will be done in about 7days(brew day was Friday), well it's Wednesday, and it looks like active fermentation is done. Is it too early to dry hop? Or should I wait til Friday?

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:43 AM   #2
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How long are you planning to dry hop for? Usually you'd start dry hopping 3-10 days before bottling, so you'd be "OK" to start now but waiting can help the beer condition a little more if you have any odd flavors in there currently.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:47 AM   #3
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I'm going to keg the beer, does that make a difference?

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:51 AM   #4
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There are a ton of dry-hopping strategies for kegging, including dry-hopping in the keg itself and leaving the hops in there, but that's not something I have much experience with.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:06 AM   #5
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There's some thread on here about dry hopping causing fermentation to re kick or knocking Co2 out of solution. The hops given the Co2 something to form up on, so it foams or something. Anyway, guy had a blow out when he he dropped in hops. Never happens to me, but I always let sit for at least three to four weeks before touching the primary.

I would definitely keep an eye on it if you drop it early.

And remember all the talk about all the crazy helpful things yeast do even after they're done fermenting.

And remember airlock activity is not the best indicator of gravity.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:10 AM   #6
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When you add the dry hops what happens?

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:39 AM   #7
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So, I opened the fermenter to add the dry hopps and noticed a lot of dry foam type stuff that had accumulated during fermentation, what is it? And what do I do with it or to it?

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Foam on the sides of the fermenter? Ignore it, it's normal, just don't mix it back in as there's no reason to and it can give some off-flavors.

Dry hopping adds aroma, a tiny bit of flavor, and lessens clarity.

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I read that you're kegging and figured you must have been doing this a while. Now it sounds like you're pretty new.

There's a pretty steadfast rule with all of this: don't rush things. 10 days is very short in general for primary.

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I'm going to let it sit another 2 weeks before I move it to the keg, is that long enough?

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