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Old 09-25-2007, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default Dry hopping with pellets.

Is it ok to dry hop with hop pellets instead of whole leaf hops? Is there a difference? Just curious.

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Old 09-25-2007, 01:12 AM   #2
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Yes, I like dry-hopping with pellets. Just pour the pellets right into the beer and let sit. It's very easy!

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Old 09-26-2007, 01:29 AM   #3
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Will the hop pellet fragments settle out in the secondary? If so how long does it take?

or is some filtering required?

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Old 09-26-2007, 01:45 AM   #4
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Every time I do this, I find the hops break apart and float on the top. All I do is when I'm transferring from secondary to keg/bottling bucket, I tie a hop straining bag over the end of the tubing the beer is coming out from. It filters the beer very nicely.

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Old 09-27-2007, 11:39 PM   #5
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I've done it a couple times, I've had my nylon get clogged over the racking cane when I went to rack it to the bottling bucket. I think if I use pellet for dry hopping again I will consider putting the hops in some sort of bag or sock or nylon with a marble or two.

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Old 09-27-2007, 11:45 PM   #6
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I've had great luck with this. The key is to wrap the cloth loosely in several layers so there is greater surface area and less likelihood of getting clogged.

Paint strainers from Lowes ($1.50 each) and some small zip ties.

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Old 09-27-2007, 11:49 PM   #8
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would wrapping the hops in the nylon before hand not allow the hops to be fully utilized?

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would wrapping the hops in the nylon before hand not allow the hops to be fully utilized?
Popular opinion is that the pellets swell up so much, that unless you had a really big bag, they would compact enough to lower the efficiency.

That, and they're a bit of a pain to retrieve through the neck of a carboy.

That said, I use a large (5 gallon) paint strainer bag, sanitized marbles and whole hops to dry hop now. But I do it in my bucket.
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