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Old 11-01-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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What is best for dry hopping - pellets, plugs or whole leaf hops?

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Old 11-01-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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I've only used pellets. Just dumped them and by day seven they had broken apart and sunk to the bottom of the fermentor. I've used whole leaf hops in the boil and ended up getting the ball valve stuck.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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Both will work fine. I like the pellets because after awhile they will sink to the bottom.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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another benefit of pellets for dryhopping is that they don't absorb as much beer as whole leaf.

I hear whole leaf provides better aroma. but I'm yet to have first hand results. Maybe somebody else can chime in on that.

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Old 11-01-2009, 02:47 PM   #5
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I use pellet. They absorb less beer, settle out nicely, dont clog up my siphon, and they are pulverized so that they have more surface area... I think they are more effective. Just MHO

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Old 11-01-2009, 05:52 PM   #6
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Plugs are only a problem because they come in big chunks. But if you're dry hopping an IPA, that probably won't be an impediment.

I dry hop in the keg and use whole hops in a bag. Easier to remove them when done.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:38 PM   #7
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I just transfered my first IPA to secondary and went with Amarillo pellets for the dry hopping after a long discussion with one of the guys at my LHBS. He was very helpful and described the pros and cons of each.

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