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Old 06-03-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
Nov 2008
Conifer, Colorado
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We just put an ESB in the keg to chill before carbing. SWMBO saw a quarter ounce of cluster hops in the fridge so we put it in a hop ball and into the keg. Will this have much of an effect on the beer?

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Old 06-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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Oct 2008
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Sure, it'll add some aroma and a bit of flavor.

But I wouldn't start carbing just yet. When you purge the keg to remove the ball you'll lose a lot of the volatile aroma compunds. Just hit it with enough gas to seal and remove the ball 3-7 days after you added it. 3 days if you want just aroma or 7+ days if you like the vegetatitve green flavor associated with long dry hopping... the latter seems appropriate for an ESB.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
Apr 2012
Emmett, ID
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I dropped a nylon mesh bag of Cascade whole hops (I wanna say a full two ounces) into the keg, sealed it up, set the pressure to carb over 3 days, and left it in there while I went through the keg...Had it in there until the keg finished off, about 6 weeks. Delicious to nearly the end; when I got major cloudy hop floaties and stuff in my beers. Otherwise, no issues and I loved the "set it and forgot it" simplicity.

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Old 06-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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Santa Monica, CA
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i dry hop in the keg all the time - the lower temps will take longer to extract the aroma so you can leave in for the duration of the keg without vegetal/grassy flavors

aside from the initial purge of air after sealing you shouldn't need to vent your keg at all so no worries about releasing the aroma that way

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Old 06-20-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
Mar 2012
Medford, MA
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Good to know. Hossman - it's too bad the nylon bag didn't catch all the bits and pieces. Any ideas on how to improve this? I have a bunch of muslin cloth laying around - I may try this but triple wrap the hops...

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