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Old 03-26-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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Default How long will CO2 layer stay in primary once opened?

Hey all,

Going to dryhop today for the first time. I know a lot of people are just dryhopping straight into the primary now, and that's what I plan to do. Got a 10-month old, so I'd love to save the time of cleaning and racking!

I've got my brew in a 6.5 gallon bucket...so a fair amount of headspace which is protected by the CO2 right now. I'm planning to open it up and gently drop the hops in there (1 oz of pellets, 1 oz whole leaf because they were out of pellets for that one). Not planning to bag them or anything.

But I'd also like to steal a sample out with my sanitized measuring cup. I know CO2 is heavier than air, so it's not just going to rush out when I open the lid. But, out of curiosity, anyone know how long you can have the lid off the primary without having to worry about oxidation?


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Old 03-26-2011, 03:42 PM   #2
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You will want to secondary if you plan on dry hopping. I say this because of all the krauesen that will be in your primary. With that said, I would also recommend getting a thief to extract your sample. This will enable you to get a good sample of the beer without disturbing the surface area to much and causing off flavors from oxidation.

As far as how much CO2 will escape, well I do not know. However, as you have said Co2 has a density of 1.87 kg/m3. While o2 has a density of 1.354 kg/m3, so as long as you are not moving,fanning, or keeping it open for an extended amount of time you should be fine.



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It's heaver that air as stated, so without any air movement it would last indefinitely. Unless it's molecules are small enough to escape threw the pet fermenter. In my youth I knew a number of wine makers that used open crocks and only cheese cloth over the top throughout most of the process.

Sneaking a sample of your beer is part of the fun, and helps you understand the process.
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think of it this way, if you did transfer to secondary, you would lose the co2 blanket anyway. i wouldn't worry about it too much.
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You can dry hop in your primary with no problem as long as fermentation is done. I would be more worried about wild yeast than oxidation. Turn off anything that moves air. Heat/AC/any fan. You'll be fine as far as oxidation. Move quickly and disturb the surface as little as possible
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Sweet...figured I have nothing to worry about...but it's always nice to hear that confirmed by others!
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If you've still got krausen action going on,it's too early to dry hop,loosegoose. I dry hop in primary after FG is reached & the brew is clearing as the yeast has done most of it's house cleaning. Works great so far,so no worries,m8.
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Definitely no krausen anymore. I've hit my FG...this is day 21. Tossed those guys in there about an hour ago. The leafs just floated on top in a pile, so I sanitized a spoon and gently pushed them down through the top surface a bit.
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Don't sweat it,man,they all float,regardless of form. My frozen pellets sank til they thawed,then floated to the top. uh huh huh,huh...he's got a floater in his beer...
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If you've still got krausen action going on,it's too early to dry hop,loosegoose. I dry hop in primary after FG is reached & the brew is clearing as the yeast has done most of it's house cleaning. Works great so far,so no worries,m8.
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