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View Poll Results: How long do you dry hop?
One day or less. 10 3.09%
Two days to 5 days 56 17.28%
One week 166 51.23%
Two weeks 80 24.69%
Longer than 2 weeks 12 3.70%
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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I am always curious how long different people dry hop, and if there is a significant difference in the final product. Does longer dry hopping extract more oils? Flavor? Or is there a time utilization point where longer exposure to the hops adds no more benefit?
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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I usually dry hop for 5-10 days, depending on style. More than 2 weeks and you start running the risk of getting nasty vegetative flavors.
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:16 PM   #3
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More than 2 weeks and you start running the risk of getting nasty vegetative flavors.
That's a hugely general statement. Hugely.

 
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That's a hugely general statement. Hugely.

I know. But I said you "start to run the risk". I know that it is possible to have hops in the beer for a long time ( re: months) with little issue, as I have done it on accident with a keg of IPA I keg-hopped. But, then again, sometimes 2 weeks is all it takes. Not saying it's a rule, just when I start viewing it as risky.

Also, IMO, when you do dry hop over two weeks, in myexperience it has nothing to do with recipe, but just forgetting! Ha! I have never made a recipe that needed to be on the same hops for more than 2 weeks.
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:27 PM   #5
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depends on the temperature for me. It is the cold season and I tend to dry hop a little colder so I leave it longer. I am drinking a IPA right now that was dry hopped for 4 weeks in the 50s and it if freaking amazing

 
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depends on the temperature for me. It is the cold season and I tend to dry hop a little colder so I leave it longer. I am drinking a IPA right now that was dry hopped for 4 weeks in the 50s and it if freaking amazing
Good point, temperature makes a huge difference.
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Good point, temperature makes a huge difference.
It seems to. I've left tea balls in the keg for a month with no ill effects.

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:33 PM   #8
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Usually leave em in the keg until it kicks. However last batch with Cascades from Hopsdirect gave me an almost undrinkable brew after 2 days. I pulled them and it faded after a few weeks and now is excellent and almost gone.

Moral of story is know your hops.

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:14 PM   #9
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I usually do 7 days. I dry hopped and MO/Centennial SMaSH for two weeks and it came out Grassy as hell. Like others have said already, temperature & type of hop make a big difference.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:25 PM   #10
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Seven days, if it needs more I'll replace the hops at that point.
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