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Old 10-15-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default For Primary-only Folks, When Do You Dry Hop?

After a bunch of reading on the forums, it appears like there are a large contingent of folks that don't bother with a secondary unless they are introducing additives or dry hopping. Given that you may normally use the primary-only method for, say, 4 weeks before bottling, what would be your typical schedule for dry hopping using a secondary?

For a hoppy APA I'm doing at the moment, I was thinking 2 weeks in the primary, then rack to secondary and dry hop for 2 weeks before bottling. Seem reasonable? Other recommendations? I'm certainly happy to wait patiently in either container to obtain a better tasting brew...

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I dont have too much experience, but I would go 3 weeks primary, 1 week dryhop in secondary.


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Old 10-15-2009, 08:51 PM   #3
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First things first - Welcome to HBT!

I generally only secondary if I am dry-hopping or using other additives (fruit, oak etc.).

I think two weeks primary and two weeks secondary is very reasonable. You could also leave it in the primary for the whole time adding the dry hop after two weeks.
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First things first - Welcome to HBT!

I generally only secondary if I am dry-hopping or using other additives (fruit, oak etc.).

I think two weeks primary and two weeks secondary is very reasonable.
+1 exactly what I do
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No matter where I dry hop (in the primary or in the carboy later), I leave the dryhops a week. So, I wait until about a week before bottling before adding the dryhops.
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I just throw them in primary at 2 or 3 weeks. And leave them in for a week or two.
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I dryhop in the keg, and pull them after a week or so. I used JB weld to attach a hook to the underside of one of my corny lids, and I hang the weighted dryhop bag from the hook. A week in the keg, pull the dry hops, and it's good to go.
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I dryhop in the keg for 1 week (with a hop bag) and treat that as my secondary. after a week, remove the hop bag from the keg, and resume as if i just filled it.
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I just throw them in primary at 2 or 3 weeks. And leave them in for a week or two.
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* - At least, that's what I plan to do soon. :P


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