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Old 04-03-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default Dry hopping - too long?

Dry hopped 11 days ago when I transferred to secondary thinking fermentation was complete. Sure enough yeast woke up and are still working. Should I rack to a keg to separate the beer from the hops which have mostly sunk to the bottom? Heard prolonged exposure to hops creates grassy flavors?


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Old 04-03-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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Did you confirm fermentation was on going with a gravity reading or was you just observing the airlock activity?. If its the later, it could simply be de-gassing caused by siphoning.

If it is genuine fermentation then it should be finished by now, assuming it was in primary for any significant time. If it is just bottle/keg.

The temperature at which you dry hopped will dictate the length of time you can keep then hops in with the beer without off flavours. 11 days is longer than I would personally want, but then again I have had hop material in the fermenter for 4 weeks with no noticeable grass/veg flavour. If you at ferm temps like 18-19C then you won't have any problems.

Your more likely to get issues from oxidation or contamination if you rack again to another vessel. If it has finished or is close wait and untill the FG stablizes and then bottle/keg. If you think fermentation is still ongoing and isn't goning to stop soon, turn the temp down to the lower end of the fermentation range.

Either way I think your o.k.

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Old 04-03-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Queequeg. Beer was 1 week in primary and is still fermenting after 11 days in secondary. I'm thinking the lid on the primary leaked because bubble activity was dead when I racked it. Anyway yeast is still active at 70 deg F. I guess I'll wait it out as a little "grass" won't hurt you.




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Default Dry hopping - too long?

I think Queequegs point was you need to confirm that active fermentation has stopped with hydrometer readings. 2 at 3 days apart. If it reads the same both times, it's done. If so you could package if you wanted to if your worried about the hops getting grassy.


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