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Old 10-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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I'm about to attempt my first dry hopping, and some of the reading I've done is conflicting about the length of time recommended for this. The safe estimate seems to be 1-2 weeks, but say I'm going out of town and can't bottle for 3 weeks from now.

Should I rack into secondary and dry hop for 3 weeks, or rack into secondary now and add the hops after a week as passed?


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Old 10-09-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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I wouldn't plan on leaving the hops in longer than 10 days... As I understand it they'll impart a grassy flavor if left in longer than that...

Just my .02...

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Old 10-10-2009, 12:42 AM   #3
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I agree with the Bonger. Just dry hop when you get back. That extra time in secondary will only improve your beer.

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Old 10-10-2009, 01:04 AM   #4
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Well, I disagree with all. Dryhop as long as possible. If a IPA you a are searching for, an IPA you will find.
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:01 AM   #5
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There are negative effects of dry hopping for too long. Many of which have to do with temperature. While it may be ok to dry hop for 3 weeks, I would recommend you lower the temperature of your beer to 45 to 50 degrees which will significantly reduce problems like the vegetal or grassy flavors you might get. Otherwise, I usually dry hop for 4 days to a week at 68 degrees. YMMV

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:34 AM   #6
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I'll vouch for dry-hopping too long. My first IPA (currently downing, with some difficulty) has a distinct green apple/grass aftertaste. Nothing a longer ferment/shorter hop time could hurt.
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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I dry-hop my IPA for 2-3 weeks at around 68 deg F. No grass flavor whatsoever, but I am just using Cascade pellets.

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Old 10-10-2009, 01:33 PM   #8
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I'd wait until you got back. Most of the hop oils dissolve in the first week and the sooner you bottle after that the better.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:59 AM   #9
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i just bottled an IPA after dry hopping in secondary for 2-3 weeks. couldnt accumulate empty bottles fast enough. =/

we'll see how it turns out...

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Old 10-13-2009, 04:38 AM   #10
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I just got done with a hoppy red ale, using a pliny inspired dry hop schedule. It got three rounds of pellet hops over three weeks (one week apiece, with the first addition being in there for three) I dry hopped in the primary after 3 weeks. this beer sat in the primary for 6 weeks. I cannot taste any off flavors from the extended dry hopping at all. my beer was at 69 degrees for the duration of the dry hopping
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