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Old 02-05-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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In the past whenever I have dry hopped I put it in a hop/grain bag, but my brother was recently talking to a guy at a beer tasting who suggested getting rid of the bag... The thought behind it was that when the hops are contained in the bag they coke in contact with only a small percentage of the beer, where as if you just dump them in your secondary and rack on top of them they come in contact with all the beer as they float down to the bottom. I tried it out with my most recent batch, a double Ipa to see what kind of difference it would make in the aroma.

Any thoughts on this? Is this something that others are doing as well?

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Old 02-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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I only put them in a bag if I'm dry hopping in the keg. If I do it in the fermenter, I just chuck them in.

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I never use a bag, just toss them right in.

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Some think they get a lot more aroma by not bagging them. But it actually proves out to be negligable at best. Like folks that think brown eggs taste better,when they're chemically the same as white eggs. Same thing here...& then the fight started...
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I only put them in a bag if I'm dry hopping in the keg. If I do it in the fermenter, I just chuck them in.
me too. and FWIW, i've tried bagging in the fermenter and i've noticed it restricts the wet contact with the hops. i like to let 'em just float on top to maximize contact.
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That makes sense. So really the only good way to tell if it makes a difference would be to split a batch into seperate secondaries and dry hop one with a bag and one without?

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Go for it,it won't hurt anything. I've done it both ways,& the difference wasn't that much that I'd put up with the mess. Since the yeast mostly settles out 1st,the hop dregs sit on top of that & don't really pack down as much.
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That makes sense. So really the only good way to tell if it makes a difference would be to split a batch into seperate secondaries and dry hop one with a bag and one without?
exactly. in this hobby it's all about doing what works best in your brewery. i'd say go for it, you'll get the best answer that way.
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I really doubt the bag makes a difference as I've made a lot of successful IPAs with great aroma using a bag. Also getting loose, soggy whole hops out of a carboy is a PITA

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I dumped in hop pellets and they wanted to transfer across to the bottling bucket and then clogged up my bottling wand. The next time I used a rubber band to hold a paint strainer bag around my autosiphon and kept them all out of the bottling bucket.

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