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Old 03-09-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default My dry hop bag will NOT sink

Is this a big deal? I cannot get it to sink. I forgot to weigh it down ( actually never considered that it would be necessary) I sanitized it and put the hops in and tossed it in on friday...I have poked it down with a sanitized rod and it pops right back up.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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Ive never used a bag.But i'll say this.When i throw them in they like to float.Some will settle,but not all of them
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:13 PM   #3
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:15 PM   #4
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Drop a stainless steel ball bearing into the bag and it should drop right to the bottom.

Now, making it sit in suspension is a challenge.

OOOOh, I know! Get a second hop bag and put the ball bearing in it. Then tie a string that's half as long as your liquid level is high between the two. It should hang right around the middle.

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I don't use a bag and my dry hops sit up top for the entire week.

Am I doing something wrong?

Could I improve the aroma extraction by doing something different?
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:19 PM   #6
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I've dryhopped a lot of beers and never worried about getting the bag to sink. Even with it floating on top, I get tons of hop aroma from the dryhops. I have a few bags of marbles I'm going to use next time to see if there's a difference, but I highly doubt it.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #7
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I dryhop in my serving kegs, I put the hops into a large herb ball and fasten it to the dip tube with a sanitized zip tie, so it hangs just off the bottom, you could do this with your hop bag, positioning it to prevent it from getting sucked to the dip tube but still keeping it submerged. My beer goes too fast to bother removing the hops before the keg blows.

(all this assumes you keg your beer, otherwise get a stainless bearing or a few glass marbles to submerge the bag in the fermenter)
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If your worried about it not getting enough aroma,stir it or nudge the fermenter lightly
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:23 PM   #9
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I use a couple shot glasses in my hop bags to make 'em sink, but as you've found others just let them float.
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Tie a stainless steel nut/bolt onto your bag with fishing line. Leave just enough line so that it will be mostly submerged.
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