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Old 08-05-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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I brewed the IPA recipe from "Brewing Classic Styles" a few weeks ago, got it kegged and carbonated, and tried a glass the other day. I was... underwhelmed. There's not really very much hoppiness to it - it's more of a Pale Ale. I'm supposed to be serving it at a party we're having in a couple of weeks. I see that my LHBS (BMW) has whole leaf Citra hops in stock, so I started to think about dry-hopping it.

- Is it OK to dry-hop already-carbonated beer (I know I'll need to relieve the pressure on the keg before I open it)
- Is Citra OK to dry-hop with?
- Is two weeks enough time to add hoppiness to my beer?
- How much should I drop in? (I plan on using the hop-bag / dental floss method)

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Old 08-05-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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Dry hopping won't add bitterness. Only boiling the hops will do that. Dry hopping will add to the aroma and MAY make it SEEM hoppier.


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Old 08-05-2011, 04:46 PM   #3
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Well, aroma couldn't hurt. It has some bitterness, but it definitely doesn't have aroma.
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Citras are great for dry hopping! My guess is you could de-gas the beer in the keg over a few days, dry hop for a week (too much longer and you'll get vegetive flavors), then recarb and serve. I've never dry hopped after carbing in the keg, so I can't say how it'll work if you leave the beer carbed.
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I usually carbonate in the keg while dry hopping, so you should not have any problems. I have found @ 40*, I can dryhop for 10-14 days with no off flavors.
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I usually carbonate in the keg while dry hopping, so you should not have any problems. I have found @ 40*, I can dryhop for 10-14 days with no off flavors.
Hey, that's good to know. Shortens the wait. Do you remove the dry hops after 2 weeks or what?
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I was just thinking about our hop tea thread in regards to this. If you have a French press,try making a hop tea in it,press,& pour it in. That might give more flavor.
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I was just thinking about our hop tea thread in regards to this. If you have a French press,try making a hop tea in it,press,& pour it in. That might give more flavor.
Hmm - didn't think of that. Let me see if I can find that thread.
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I almost forgot that I have a bunch of Nugget hops in the freezer that I harvested last year. May have to do a tea with those.
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Nugget works real well with citrusy hops.


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