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Old 04-06-2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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I'm going to try dry hopping for the first time and a few questions. From what I've read, dry hopping into the secondary is recommended. I generally follow the 1-2-3 rule and leave the brew in secondary for 2 weeks, should the hops be added at the beginning? Also, I've seen some discussions on bagging the hops or not. Are there any preferences? If you do bag, what do you use? Is cheesecloth, like I use for steeping grains OK? Also, I've seen some of the homebrew suppliers advertise nylon 'hop bags' - are these to use for dry hopping? If I use a bag, how best to sanitize - I'm thinking of soaking in my no-rinse sanitizer, but not sure if that's the best way to go.

Anyway, this site never seems to lack for opinions, so I look forward to responses.

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Old 04-06-2007, 08:05 PM   #2
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I bagged on mine, but it was worthless IMO, because i had to cut the bag to get it out of the carboy. Next time im just going to throw them in. I just used cheescloth. I put mine in some boiling water to sanitize, but it seems that some people do even do that.

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To sanitize, you could steam them for a few minutes before tossing them in the fermenter.

Most people don't bother because hops harbor very little bacteria - they're a natural preservative.

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I agree, from what I've read, I don't need to worry about the hops. My query was if I bag the hops - should I sanitize the bag and how.

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Thats what i was saying with the boiling water, personally i wouldn't want to use a no rinse like that, I would think it would lead to off flavors do to not being able to dry in all the way through.

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I agree, from what I've read, I don't need to worry about the hops. My query was if I bag the hops - should I sanitize the bag and how.
You can buy paint strianer bags at Home Depot or lowes for really cheap. Put it in some sanitzer solution and then fill it with hops. I close the bags with a zip tie.

Much easier to dry hop in a keg, but it is possible in a carboy!
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I'm going to try dry hopping for the first time and a few questions. From what I've read, dry hopping into the secondary is recommended. I generally follow the 1-2-3 rule and leave the brew in secondary for 2 weeks, should the hops be added at the beginning?

Depends on how much hop nose you want to add to the brew...two weeks is good for a nice strong hoppy nose (depending on the variety in question too)

Also, I've seen some discussions on bagging the hops or not. Are there any preferences? If you do bag, what do you use? Is cheesecloth, like I use for steeping grains OK? Also, I've seen some of the homebrew suppliers advertise nylon 'hop bags' - are these to use for dry hopping? If I use a bag, how best to sanitize - I'm thinking of soaking in my no-rinse sanitizer, but not sure if that's the best way to go.

as mentioned you don't really have to worry about sanitizing your hops but I generally sanitize my hop bags that I use for dry hopping in my secondary. A pair of pantyhose that I have thoroughly bleached & boiled to remove all dye..then sanitized before each use works great.

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I dry hopped for the first time on my last batch and I am sold! I just threw the pellets in whole. I gave the secondary a little bump every couple of days to help the hops settle. I tied a small steeping/hop bag onto the end of my racking cane before racking to bottling bucket. Came out crystal clear!
I have an IPA going right now that I am dry-hopping with 3oz of amarillo.
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I heard that when dry hopping with pellets it's a good idea to "loosen" the pellets by putting them in some near-boiling water and then letting them cool to room temp. I haven't done it, just what I've heard.

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Ok,
So I'm going to dry hop for the 1st time as well.
I've had my APA conditioning for 11 days now and I plan to bottle this Sunday.
Would 3 days be enough for dry hopping some pellets and
have them settle out before bottling? The beer is in a ported better bottle.
Or should I just go with the paint strainer bag as suggested when
bottling?

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