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Old 05-31-2012, 02:26 AM   #1
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For dry hopping, pellets or flowers? Do hop flowers need to be sanitized?

Do pellets need to be sanitized?



 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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I used pellets... hops are naturally not prone to bacteria so no sanitation needed



 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:28 AM   #3
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You can use either. With pellets I would put them in a hop sack or a hop ball, easier to keep them separate when you package even though a lot will fall out into the trub. No need to sanitize.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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I use pellets but you can use whole leaf. I would use a hop sack; I sanitize my hop bags before you use them.

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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I use pellets. And I don't use any sock. I just dump them into the secondary. When I rack it out I put a strainer over the end of my racking cane and it does the job well. When I've used a bag in the past I didn't like the results as much. That's me.

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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I use pellets. And I don't use any sock. I just dump them into the secondary. When I rack it out I put a strainer over the end of my racking cane and it does the job well. When I've used a bag in the past I didn't like the results as much. That's me.
+1 this is the method I prefer.

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:28 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. I plan on making an IPA near the end of the summer and I probably won't use a bag, instead will filter the racking cane.

Although I'm not paranoid about bacteria, I wanted to believe it about not having to sanitize hops for dry hopping but I needed a better explanation. This is the closest to acceptable explanation I have found from http://www.winning-homebrew.com/dry-hopping.html which adapts a 2003 BYO article:

"Many homebrewers are worried about contamination issues from adding un-sterilized hops to finished beer. This is unlikely because when the dry hops are added, near the end of fermentation, the alcohol helps keep any possible contamination to a minimum. Plus, since there are not many sugars left in the beer, there is not much for the beasties to eat. And finally, hops are anti-microbial and are therefore not a very good host for contaminants such as bacteria."

(EDIT: But is that the best explanation you have heard? I'm new so I can't rely on just my opinion)

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:36 PM   #8
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I use pellets. And I don't use any sock. I just dump them into the secondary. When I rack it out I put a strainer over the end of my racking cane and it does the job well. When I've used a bag in the past I didn't like the results as much. That's me.
How exactly do you do this? A sanitized muslin bag rubberbanded around the racking cane? Do you strain the cane side in the secondary or the the of the siphon tubing in the bottling bucket? Have you ever had any trouble with clogging?

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:37 PM   #9
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That about covers it, I think. No need to do anything to them but toss em in!

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:43 PM   #10
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How exactly do you do this? A sanitized muslin bag rubberbanded around the racking cane? Do you strain the cane side in the secondary or the the of the siphon tubing in the bottling bucket? Have you ever had any trouble with clogging?
Every time I try this my auto siphon ends up sucking air because the bag gets too clogged. Any suggestions?



 
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