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Old 03-25-2013, 09:49 PM   #11
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As soon as you release the pressure, you will be allowing a LOT of CO2 to come out of solution. Especially if you have to slowly pull the dry-hopper out to let it drain a little. This will agitate it so much I am afraid it would cause an eruption of foam.

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i wonder if anyone has actually done this before. first experience would be better than us guessing
would it be ok to just leave the hops in the whole time until the keg is kicked?

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You will start getting a lot of grassy taste after 2 weeks of dry hopping.

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Old 03-26-2013, 02:12 AM   #14
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well then, i think i will give my carbing while dry hopping idea a shot. hopefully i dont have a ton of beer exploding outta my corny. wish me luck

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Anybody else.
Whats the deal with the sight glass and siphon tube? Do i need that ish? Didnt plan on doin either

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Sight glass, once properly calibrated, is an AWESOME thing to have on a boil kettle. There are other means by which you can measure... i.e. a notched stir stick... but I would MUCH rather have a sight glass. You can get instant feedback on your sparge volume as well as boil-off. Just take in account that your volume will increase quite a bit (like a half gallon) from sparge temp to boil temp. So if you want to end up with 12 gallons you need to stop boiling at 12.5 gallons.

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:33 PM   #17
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Just don't want to open a carbonated keg... Have you ever opened a carbonated keg? I haven't, and I don't want to.
I have opened a carbonated keg.
Nothing exciting happened.
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I have opened a carbonated keg.
Nothing exciting happened.
Good to know.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:43 PM   #19
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Just don't want to open a carbonated keg... Have you ever opened a carbonated keg? I haven't, and I don't want to.
Yes. Many, many times.

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i havent ever done this and dont see what kind of terrible thing would happen if i did. if you release the pressure and wait a couple minutes i would imagine its fine. no? something i'm missing?
Nothing terrible happens. The only thing that happens is you get a little fog layer of CO2, just like uncapping a beer bottle.

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As soon as you release the pressure, you will be allowing a LOT of CO2 to come out of solution. Especially if you have to slowly pull the dry-hopper out to let it drain a little. This will agitate it so much I am afraid it would cause an eruption of foam.
Uh. No. Where in the world did you get this crazy idea from? The beer sits still when you open a carbed keg. I did it yesterday. Pulling the hops bag out made it do abso-freaking-lutely-nothing.

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i wonder if anyone has actually done this before. first experience would be better than us guessing
would it be ok to just leave the hops in the whole time until the keg is kicked?
Yes. I've done it many times. It's fine.

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You will start getting a lot of grassy taste after 2 weeks of dry hopping.
I'm at 14 days right now with 4 ounces of Centennial in the dry hop bag and have zero grassy taste.

If you're worried about it, either pull them out at 2 weeks or hang them high enough that they'll suspend above the liquid when you get below a certain level.

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well then, i think i will give my carbing while dry hopping idea a shot. hopefully i dont have a ton of beer exploding outta my corny. wish me luck
The only downside is that dry hopping while carbing means you're at serving temperatures instead of secondary temperatures, making it take much longer to impart the dryhop flavor.

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Nothing exciting happened.
Exactly.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:45 PM   #20
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I open carbonated kegs all the time to dry hop them. I brew 25 gallon batches so I have 5 kegs filled and pressurized. If it is a style that needs dry hopping I don't want to do them all at once or by the time I get to the last one it will be a waste of hops so I dry hop as needed. I relieve the pressure, drop my sack of hops in and then purge the head space. No problems!!

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