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Old 08-16-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
Jul 2011
little elm, tx
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I have some extra hop pellets and am interested in dry hopping my IPA. Can I just throw em in the primary after about a week and then let it sit another couple weeks in the primary?

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
Jun 2011
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im a noob but id probably wait till the last week. Ferment and settle for 3 weeks then dry hop for like 4-7 days

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, primary dry hopping is fine, but you probably don't need to do it for two weeks. Try one week for starters.

I am sure someone will say that dry hopping before fermentation is complete (which it might not be at 1 week) will cause the yeast and CO2 to scrub out some of the hop aroma. This is not a problem. Just add more hops. Try it the first time and take some tasting notes. If you want more dry hop character, add more next time to the same recipe.

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:34 PM   #4
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I've done it both ways. Some people have suggested that racking into a secondary fermenter to dry hop releases more aroma/flavor than just adding to the primary.

Anymore now I rack to secondary when I wanna dry hop.

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:39 PM   #5
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Yep. Throw them in. I leave dry hops in for 2 weeks or longer all the time. Just depends on when I get around to bottling.

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:43 PM   #6
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I do that all the time. But I never dryhop more than about 7-10 days at the most. I just add the dryhops about 3-7 days before packaging. The dryhops will give up their goodness in just a few days at room temperature, so there is no advantage to dryhopping for longer and you may risk some grassy flavors from a prolonged dryhopping.
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