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Old 08-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default NB Kit Recipe Calls for Secondary // Do I Need to?

The NB extract kit I am breing right now calls for secondary fermentation, and normally I would do this no problem, but the recipe also calls for dry hopping with 8+ oz of hops. I have no desire to try and fish out a bunch of bags of hops from my glass carboy afterward, and I don't want to put the pellets in loose because I don't want to lose a gallon of beer out of my 5 gallon batch.

My question is, do I need to do a secondary, or can I just extend the time in the primary (Ale Pail) and add the hops to there?

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I don't but that's up to you. Many folks don't use a secondary as well.
If I use oak chips or fruit, I do or if I need a free fermenter I move to a secondary but it's rare for me to need one.

Put you hops in hop backs with a few marbles that you have boiled and sterilized. They'll settle to the bottom. But, with that many hops, you may just want to rack to a secondary.

I think most recipes call for secondary's still though to many, that's old school.

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Many of us who dry hop in a secondary just simply toss the hops in without a bag. The when it comes time to transfer, we rig up some kind of filter (often a mesh bag) on our racking cane to leave the hops behind. There is some danger of plugging the filter. With loose hops you can then rinse then out afterwards - it may take several rinses to get them all out

You can dry hop in the primary if you want. Or you can do it in secondary. There are subtle flavor differences between the two methods. Try it one way this time, and the other the next and see what you prefer. Be sure to keep in mind that as you gain experience, your beers will improve, so that will have an impact and potentially cloud conclusions about one method over the other

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My biggest concern was losing too much beer if I put them in loose as I'm using pellets. Will the screen over my auto siphon work with the muck that the pellets turn into also?

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Yes, it will work. There is more chance the filter will plug though. The longer the filter is in contact with the hop bits, the faster it will plug up. I would suspend the end of the racking can in the middle of the beer where there are no hop bits and only lower it to the bottom as needed to keep the siphon going.

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