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Old 01-18-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
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Ok so I brewed on Jan 1 and racked to secondary on the 9th. I'm making Palmer's Cincinnati Pale Ale. I have about 1/3 oz of Cascade pellets left over that I meant to dry hop with when I racked to secondary, but somehow I totally forgot about it until tonight.

Will I be wasting them if I dry hop with them at this point?

I'm also concerned about infecting it when I do this. I know the hops themselves aren't a concern, but how do you sanitize cheese cloth? (I was gonna use that since I already have some)

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Save them for another batch. Montanaandy

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Don't think it matters how long after primary fermentation that you add the hops just so as long as it's after primary. Do you need the bag? I've never brewed with bags so out of touch with the applications they're used for these days.

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I toss pellets in loosely. It takes about 7-10 days for the pellets to finally drop to the bottom. If you must use cheese cloth you could dry hop for 4-5 days and sanitize the cheese cloth in boiling water for a bit.

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It's never too late to dry hop, although it's tough once you've bottled. You can sanitize the bag/cheesecloth by dipping it in any no-rinse sanitizer. I've never bothered.

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Yeah, just toss those pellets in there. It'll take a week for them to settle out. You'll be fine.

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So I put the pellets in there. I had been storing them in the freezer, and I just dumped em in frozen. I don't think that will hurt anything, will it?

It started bubbling a lot faster than it had been. Is that normal?

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holy crap. there's pretty much a second krausen now...I guess there were a lot more unfermented sugars left in there than I thought. Good thing I left as much headspace as I did, cause my secondary fermenter is a 5 gal carboy

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ok, so I've been waiting for my beer to stop bubbling before bottling. I found out that the surge in bubbles after adding the hops to the secondary was due to their rough surface which allows dissolved CO2 to precipitate out of solution.

Problem is, it's still bubbling, a lot more than it was for the few days before I added the hops (which was 2 weeks ago). I just checked the gravity and it's 1.014, the same as it was when I racked to secondary over 3 weeks ago. What's the deal? I've always read not to bottle until you get the constant gravity readings over several days (which I obviously have), but I don't want bottle bombs

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ok, so I've been waiting for my beer to stop bubbling before bottling. I found out that the surge in bubbles after adding the hops to the secondary was due to their rough surface which allows dissolved CO2 to precipitate out of solution.

Problem is, it's still bubbling, a lot more than it was for the few days before I added the hops (which was 2 weeks ago). I just checked the gravity and it's 1.014, the same as it was when I racked to secondary over 3 weeks ago. What's the deal? I've always read not to bottle until you get the constant gravity readings over several days (which I obviously have), but I don't want bottle bombs
anyone? Will I be ok bottling now or should I wait till it stops bubbling?
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