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Old 09-17-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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I picked up a Janet's Brown all grain clone from AHS and brewed it on sunday, question is, when to dry hop it. Should I just wait till the airlock action slows or wait a couple weeks then rack to secondary and dry hop?
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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It's up to you. I like my beer to be pretty "clean" before the hops go in (yeast cells get in the way of getting the aromatics to dissolve into the beer). That said, some breweries (like Firestone Walker) dry hop when there is still a small amount of activity going on so the hops circulate a bit and there is still yeast to scavenge any oxygen you introduce.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:43 PM   #3
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So it's ok if I let this sit for two weeks then rack?
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:51 AM   #4
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So it's ok if I let this sit for two weeks then rack?
Perfectly fine, you could even cold condition it before racking and dry hopping to get some extra yeast out of suspension.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:15 PM   #5
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I don't like to dry-hop before the ferment is pretty much done. Vigorous fermentation devolves a significant amount of carbon dioxide gas, which has an unfortunate tendency to scrub out such volatile stuff as hops oils/resins.

My procedure is to rack to a secondary, add dry hops and fine the beer. Rack to package after 7-14 days.

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