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Old 06-24-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Dry hopping - I learned a lesson

So - I won't be just dropping hop pellets into secondary again to dry hop. I used a muslin bag over the auto siphon and it kept clogging. Next time I think I am going to use whole hops in the bag in the secondary so I don't have that problem again.

Now I also see another reason people love growing their own and using whole cones.

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What is your secondary FV? I am going to assume it is a bucket. You can put your pellets in a large stainless tea ball, but a muslin bag works for whole hops.

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I learned the exact same lesson. Now I use whole hops in cheesecloth and it goes in the keg.

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What is your secondary FV? I am going to assume it is a bucket. You can put your pellets in a large stainless tea ball, but a muslin bag works for whole hops.
5 gal glass carboy, hence the bag an whole hops or hop leaves.
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I learned the exact same lesson. Now I use whole hops in cheesecloth and it goes in the keg.
Out of curiosity - do you use 1 oz whole to 1oz pellets? I see some ratios for fresh hops, but not dried whole cones.
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just use a hop bag with some sterilized marbles for weight

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Same as well. I dry hopped my IPA with 3oz of pellet hops and with a paint strainer bag over my racking cane it continuiosly clogged and took forever to transport. My next dry hop will be in a hop bag with marbles as well.

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I dry hop with loose pellets.

I find if I cold-crash after dry-hopping, I can easily rack off without getting more than a tablespoon of floaties.
Putting a nylon paint-strainer around the outflow-end of my siphon gets those.

Either way, you're going to get a hop-bag dirty.

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I dryhop all the time with loose pellets without issue. I would never bag them, or say that leaf hops would be easier to use for the dryhop. It's all in the process... not the pellets fault. Many brewers have found ways to make it work for them.

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I dryhop all the time with loose pellets without issue. I would never bag them, or say that leaf hops would be easier to use for the dryhop. It's all in the process... not the pellets fault. Many brewers have found ways to make it work for them.
I do the same. I do use sanitized paint strainer bags over the pickup end of the siphon. I haven't ever had a clog. The big paint strainer bags have plenty of surface area.
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