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Old 01-19-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Dry Hopping the Keg - How's My Process?

I want to dry hop in my kegs. My plan is as follows...would you do anything differently or see any problems with these steps?:

1) Primary for 3 to 4 weeks
2) Cold crash it on gelatin
3) Rack it to a keg
4) Force carb the keg
5) Drop in a SS mesh tea ball with the dry hops
6) Store at room temperature for 1 - 2 weeks to condition and dry hop
7) Remove the dry hop ball & hook up the gas and beer line
8) Let chill overnight
9) Enjoy the next day


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Old 01-19-2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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I've only dry hopped in the fermenter. But if I did it in the keg I'm thinking I would throw them in when I'm ready to drink it and then see how the taste changes over time. And then yank them out when it gets to where I want it.

with your method: When does it go in the cooler?

What temp are you carbing at?
What temp are you dry hopping at?


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Old 01-19-2010, 08:09 PM   #3
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I've only dry hopped in the fermenter. But if I did it in the keg I'm thinking I would throw them in when I'm ready to drink it and then see how the taste changes over time. And then yank them out when it gets to where I want it.

with your method: When does it go in the cooler?

What temp are you carbing at?
What temp are you dry hopping at?
It goes in the cooler after the 1 to 2 week dry hop & conditioning period. I am force carbing it at 38 degrees (because I will have cold crashed the carboy in the fridge before racking it to the keg). I would add the hop ball at that temperature and let it come back to room temperature for the 1 to 2 week storage period.

It was either this, or use the "set & forget" method to carb the keg while dry hopping it...that would take about 2 weeks to carb and the dry hopping would take place at 38.

For some reason, I just feel like more aroma qualities would leach into the brew at room temperature than at cold temperatures.
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have you done this already?

when you open the warm, fully carbonated keg to get the hops out, doesn't all the gas come out of solution? I don't think I've ever opened a keg that was carbed but if it's warm I'd figure the gas would come out of solution.
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I would put the hops in and then out, prior to carbing,
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have you done this already?

when you open the warm, fully carbonated keg to get the hops out, doesn't all the gas come out of solution? I don't think I've ever opened a keg that was carbed but if it's warm I'd figure the gas would come out of solution.
No...the gas would not come out of solution.

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I would put the hops in and then out, prior to carbing,
Why? Do you have science to back this up?
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No...the gas would not come out of solution.
So you've done it and it works good? I would have guessed that the gas would come out but if it works then that's all that matters.
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plan is as follows..


1) Rack it to a keg
2) Drop in the dry hops(hopbag)
3) Enjoy the next day

Leave hops in till you feel the taste/aroma is perfect or do like I do and thats leave in till the keg kicks.
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So you've done it and it works good? I would have guessed that the gas would come out but if it works then that's all that matters.
I've opened fully carbed (even overcarbed kegs) multiple times and gas doesn't come out of solution.
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I've opened fully carbed (even overcarbed kegs) multiple times and gas doesn't come out of solution.
Was the keg cold or warm? Does the temp make a differance?


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