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Old 12-12-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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I am thinking about doing an IPA for my second beer. The recipe I am looking at tells me that I need:

1 oz of Centennial whole hops (dry hops)
.5 oz of Chinook whole hops (dry hops)

I'm not sure if my local homebrew shop carries whole hops? Can I just substitute pellets of same amounts and types? I have been under the impression that pellets are different than whole hops in how much I should use.

So the question is this: Can I dry hop with Centennial and Chinook pellets in the same amount? If not, how do I convert the whole hop amount to pellet amount? It does not give me the AAU's for these two specific ingredients.

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Old 12-12-2008, 05:39 PM   #2
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For dry hopping I don't think the amounts have to be adjusted for pellets, because you're not actually extracting any bitterness-only aroma. If you're using them for bittering I think the utilization adjustment is about 10%.

That said, I do prefer whole hops for dry hopping if you can get your hands on them...I don't like the way the pellets dissolve and clog the siphon. Bag them if you can.



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You can use pellets no problem. When you siphon just keep it slightly above the bottom so you don't siphon the hop trub.

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when dry hopping in the secondary...does it matter/make a difference if I throw in the hops first and then rack on top of them, or should I just put the hops in after the racking is complete?

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when dry hopping in the secondary...does it matter/make a difference if I throw in the hops first and then rack on top of them, or should I just put the hops in after the racking is complete?
no difference at all
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AA% doesn't matter for dry hopping. There is probably some relationship between AA% for a hop type & oil %, but I've never seen anything on it.

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when dry hopping in the secondary...does it matter/make a difference if I throw in the hops first and then rack on top of them, or should I just put the hops in after the racking is complete?
i know some guys trough them in a hog bag with some sanitized marbles or some sort of weight to pull them down, but i'm sure you'll be fine either way.


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