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Old 10-20-2011, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default Silly question but i have to ask.

An anyone tell me, what would happen if you dry hopped and the hops all floated to the top of the carboy?

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Old 10-20-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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I've never had hops not float on the top of of my beer. I just rack under them if I'm not using a bag. I may have a total of one or two hop bits end up in my bottles, but I'm not really worried about that.

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Old 10-20-2011, 01:25 AM   #3
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They usually float. Sometimes pellet hops sink, but most hops float.

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Old 10-20-2011, 02:17 AM   #4
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Ok great, thanks guys. Stupid question, I know, but I had ask because I'm doing my first dry hop and that's what happened. Just didn't know if it would impact anything. Thanks again! Cheers!

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Old 10-20-2011, 02:41 AM   #5
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You can also use a mesh bag for pellet hops right? Any thoughts on the difference between pellets and whole hops on aroma?

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Old 10-20-2011, 03:35 AM   #6
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Pellets leave more sludge on the bottom.

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Old 10-20-2011, 03:05 PM   #7
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Well,after having used both pellets & raw or whole leaf hops many times,I'd say if you want more flavor than bittering with additions @ 30 mins or less,use the whole leaf hops. Pellets seem to be easier at getting even some bittering at shorter times.
Interesting to note that,at my LHBS in Westlake,OH started carrying Hop Union hops as well. Hop Union calls them raw hops,whereas LD Carlson from down in Kent calls them whole leaf hops. I guess LD Carlson might've gotten less hops to sell on our level this season. But I've used Hop Unions raw hops in my last 2 batches,so we'll see how their US raw varieties come out. They smell great,good definition to the aromas from them. Smells to me like we had a good season in America this time around.
So raw/whole leaf for smoother aroma/flavor & pellet hops if you want some extra little bittering, to my current experience.
And by the way,1oz of pellets works fine in the small muslin hop sacks. But for 1oz of raw/whole hops,you need the muslin grain bags like Brewer's Best gives in there kits. Raw/whole leaf when whetted gives a lot more volume!
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:27 PM   #8
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Not to hijack this thread but I hate having to siphon around the dry hops and still get hop particles in my bottles. Can you get the same aroma effects that dry hopping gives by just adding a bunch of hops at flameout? Or is it not quite the same?

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I think (correct me if I'm wrong) if you add the hops at flameout it will scrub away the flavor/aroma during fermentation.

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Not to hijack this thread but I hate having to siphon around the dry hops and still get hop particles in my bottles. Can you get the same aroma effects that dry hopping gives by just adding a bunch of hops at flameout? Or is it not quite the same?
Nope - the fermentation will remove a lot of the volatile hop compounds added at flameout. Dry hopping occurs after fermentation.

Try wrapping your siphon in a (sanitized) fine mesh hop straining bag when racking to bottle, or add your hops in the (sanitized) mesh bag and weigh it down with some (sanitized) marbles or ball bearings.
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