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Old 09-16-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Dry Hopping in Primary - Mesh Bag or not?

I have decided to forego transferring to a secondary carboy and just leave the brew in the primary bucket. So here is my question:

Should I use a mesh bag for the 3 oz. of hop pellets for the dry hopping or should I open the lid and just throw them in.

BTW- Its a 5 gallon batch of Ferocious from Midwest Supplies.

It has been fermenting for 7 days now.

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Old 09-16-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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I would sanitize the bag, add the hops and throw it in. I would not do so until day 11 however.

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I would sanitize the bag, add the hops and throw it in. I would not do so until day 11 however.
Day 11 huh? I will take the advise thanks! Why does the instructions for the batch say to dry hop between days 5-7?
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I think they meant leave the hops in 5-7 days. I just throw them in

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When I dry hop I just drop the pellets and they float. Put them in 3-7 days before you bottle.
A hop bag would be easy too.
It's a love/hate flavour. Use it with full bodied beers so the flavour won't be perceived as overwhelming. I have noticed that true ale lovers love the dry hopped taste. Lager drinkers always make a screwed up face and say: "It has an aftertaste" (ie. what the f@#% is that unfamiliar flavour). 3 ounces of dry hopping will impact a strong dry hopped taste that some love and some can't stand.
Oh, and one more thing. If the hops are loose, they'll descend to the bottom but you'll get some little "floaties" in the beer (no problem, just little hop bits)
Enjoy!

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Just open the lid and throw them in there. No bag needed and no reason to introduce anything that doesn't need to be there.

I'd also wait a bit longer. Give it some more time. Check and make sure the gravity is stable and then toss the hops in there. Leave them for a week atleast.. Or to taste, whichever. I regularly have dry hopped for 2-3 weeks in some cases... Toss an ounce, then another ounce a week later, and the another ounce and then keg it/bottle it. Some say they get a grassy flavor, I've yet to experience that.

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Awesome. Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm going to wait a few more days then just throw them in and let them work their magic. I love this forum.

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After trying pellet & raw hops loose or in bags,I've found bags make for a lot less hassle later. I wait till the beer has settled out clear or slightly misty before dry hopping in primary. Maybe 3-4 weeks. No more than 1oz pellets in hop sacks,1oz raw in grain bag due to larger wet volume.
Dry hop 1 week to 10 days is a common average that works quite qwell for me.
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You can bag them but you don't have to. One thing I've done is toss them in and then wrap a big nylon mash bag around the end of the siphon when racking- I used both leaf and pellets that time though. Pellets alone fall out decently. Add them as late as possible though, the last 5-7 days before you bottle or keg.

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I never bag hops- just toss them in about 5 days before packaging. But I'm an old winemaker and am very proficient with racking and haven't had any issues.

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