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Old 02-21-2011, 06:17 AM   #1
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I will be doing my first dry hop addition soon. Do I need to do anything to the hops before I put them in? What is the chance of contamination of the worth?
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:22 AM   #2
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The alcohol will kill germs.You need a muslin grain bag and some marbles.


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Old 02-21-2011, 06:23 AM   #3
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contamination chance is pretty low. I never did anything with mine when I put them in. I think I have heard of people steaming them to sanitize them.
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I just throw mine in and rack onto them, no sac either...really never had any problem with the lose hops getting stuck in racking cane.
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i use a muslin bag weighted with a heavy-enough washer, tied to a piece of dental floss. it has worked great so far, but i like that marble idea. i usually dry-hop in the keg itself, so suspending the hopbag via dental floss has always seemed reasonable to me.
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Marbles are a potential problem. I've had them shatter on me and you then have the potential for small shards of glass ripping through the bag. Secondly, most of the newer ones are going to be from China or similar and who knows how much lead or other contaminants are in the glass. I use SS parts from my old kegs. SS nuts/washers/bolts also work.
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So I've been swamped with work and family and couldn't spend time looking for ss washers and the marble idea scared me so... I just threw the hop bag in the fermenter. Pretty sure its just floating at the top. How much of a problem is this?

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So I've been swamped with work and family and couldn't spend time looking for ss washers and the marble idea scared me so... I just threw the hop bag in the fermenter. Pretty sure its just floating at the top. How much of a problem is this?

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shouldn't be any problem. Like I said b4...i don't even use a bag, I just toss the leaf hops into my secondary and rack the beer on top of them, and they just float on top. some eventually sink and float around in the beer. I think i get a good enough "aroma" from this way.

On the marble thing...i can't understand why the marbles would "shatter"? They would have to get thrown pretty hard for this to happen. I've used that trick times before but have issues getting the bag out of my carboy, thats why i don't do it much with the carboy. When I use a keg as a secondary I do use the marbles.
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The alcohol will kill germs.You need a muslin grain bag and some marbles.
also hops are a perservative in beer (hence the whole ipa thing) so i would think they are pretty resistant to germs.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:36 PM   #10
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First time i dry hopped I used a bag.

Second time I didn't, I found a BIG difference.

Now I use a weighted bag for the boil, but gently stir in the dry hop 5 days before kegging. Here in the UK breweries even dry hop into the keg...


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