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Old 08-02-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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I'm making a double IPA that calls for dry hops after 1 week. Its been in the primary a week and I plan to rack to carboy, probably tonight and add the dry hops.

Do I just put them in the hop bag, drop in the carboy, then rack the wort? Or sanitize the bag first somehow?

They LHBS guy said the hop bag was already clean enough (in the plastic) and there wasn't much risk of contamination because there is alcohol in the wort now. Is that true?

I'm also planning to bottle after 12-14 days since reading that a short fermentation/aging is preferable at high temps - and it 115 outside. I can't afford to keep my house at 73 much longer.

But does the temperature after bottling matter much? If so, for how long? I've let my house get up to 90 or so when on vacation and it didn't seem to hurt my older brews I have bottled in storage.

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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I just throw the hops in (without a bag.) They'll eventually settle to the bottom.

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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If they are pellet hops i would just chuk em in.

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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Yeah, throw 'em in. The bags a major pita to get back out of the carboy.

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Only after one week of fermentation? I would check your hydrometer to see if fermentation has finished up. It's somewhat accepted knowledge that dry hopping during active fermentation results in less aroma because the hop oils get bonded to the yeast settling out.

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Only after one week of fermentation? I would check your hydrometer to see if fermentation has finished up.
As this guy said, yeah, you should definitely get a reading and check the final gravity to be sure that the beer is done fermenting. Especially since you are making a double IPA.
That said, I don't think I've ever had a brew take longer than 5 days to ferment.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:35 AM   #7
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it was done. Target is 1.01. It read 1.011 last Tuesday - so my next reading will either confirm that it has quit changing, or it will be at or below the target gravity.m Anyway I dry hopped and I'm waiting for them to settle out so I can bottle. How long does that usually take?

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I would give it another 2 weeks in the primary. Then rack it call me crazy but don't rush it it ain't Kool Aid...lol

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I would leave it longer in primary, then add the dry hops for a week (in primary) before sending it to bottle/keg... Call me crazy (you won't be the first) but that's worked very well for me. I'm actually going to be dry hopping an English IPA on Wednesday, that's been in primary for just over a month now. It will sit with the dry hops in it for a week, then it goes to keg.

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I would have waited a week...however....dry hop it for 10 days..then rack/bottle

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