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Old 03-07-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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I'm going to give dry hopping a go for my next batch and have a few questions.

1. The recipe says "dry hop Centennial hops 7 days." Does that mean add at seven days or leave for seven days?
2. When you dry hop with pellet hops what do you do about sanitizing them before dumping in the fermenter?


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Old 03-07-2012, 01:52 AM   #2
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It means the hops should be in for 7 days before bottling/kegging
No need to sanitize hops...one of their functions is to act as a preservative


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Add the hops for dry hopping after you have reached your final gravity and then leave them alone for seven days. Be sure to filter/strain the beer as it is transferred to your bottling bucket. Good luck and welcome to the club.
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So all I need to do is spray the hop packages with StarSan before I open them and just pour them in? Well that is easier than I expected.
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So all I need to do is spray the hop packages with StarSan before I open them and just pour them in? Well that is easier than I expected.
You don't need to do just that. Just take them right out of the package and dump them in. Hops don't need to be sanitized as they are a preservative to the beer and keep it healthy!
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Thanks for the info. Just to clarify I was refering to spraying the outside of the package. Not the hops themselves.
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Thanks for the info. Just to clarify I was refering to spraying the outside of the package. Not the hops themselves.
I do spray the package but its probably being over cautious, but it only takes a second, makes me feel better. So I do it.
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So all I need to do is spray the hop packages with StarSan before I open them and just pour them in? Well that is easier than I expected.
Unless y are using "wet hops" you will be fine adding the hops directly to the fermenter.

I wait until the fermentation is 80% of the way through fermentation and then I throw in the hops. You would then leave your hops for 7 days.
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Unless y are using "wet hops" you will be fine adding the hops directly to the fermenter.

I wait until the fermentation is 80% of the way through fermentation and then I throw in the hops. You would then leave your hops for 7 days.
+1. Don't want to blow all that aroma out your airlock!!!
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+1 to waiting -- I wait until my beer starts to fall clear. Then when I start thinking about dry hopping.

I'm actually going to give Keg Hopping a try on this next batch. I hear it keeps the flavor longer (but requires more conditioning time)... who knows at least it will be beer!


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