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Old 06-22-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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Just attempted my first dry hop so please forgive the stupid question. My beer is very cloudy with hop debris and it has been about a week. Does it eventually settle or will I just be stuck with hop crud in the beer? Would cold crashing take care of this problem or does that only work with yeast?


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Old 06-22-2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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Cold crashing will definately work but depending how long you want it on the hops you may want to rack it off first.


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Just attempted my first dry hop so please forgive the stupid question. My beer is very cloudy with hop debris and it has been about a week. Does it eventually settle or will I just be stuck with hop crud in the beer? Would cold crashing take care of this problem or does that only work with yeast?
Cold crashing will work, but finings will work better. For future reference though it's a good idea to put your hops in a hop sack and weigh it down with marbles. At my LHBS I saw this mesh tube that you insert in the neck of your carboy and fill with hops, seemed cool but never got one.

And as my father always said, there are no stupid questions... just stupid people.

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Cold crashing will work, but finings will work better. For future reference though it's a good idea to put your hops in a hop sack and weigh it down with marbles. At my LHBS I saw this mesh tube that you insert in the neck of your carboy and fill with hops, seemed cool but never got one.

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My dad says the same thing. Funny you should mention the sack. I asked my LHBS about that and they told me just to throw them in the carboy so now I have the mess. I guess I will just keg and cold crash and use the sack next time
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My dad says the same thing. Funny you should mention the sack. I asked my LHBS about that and they told me just to throw them in the carboy so now I have the mess. I guess I will just keg and cold crash and use the sack next time
I love the hop socks. At my LHBS they're like $0.40 a pop, so I just by a handful whenever I'm there and use them once only.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:08 AM   #6
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I did a dry hop on my last batch. I used Irish moss 15 minutes before the end of the boil, 3 weeks primary, threw hops in a secondary (no bag), racked beer on top, left for 1 week, cold crashed 3 days and kegged. First 2 pints had some floaties, but it is crystal clear now. I mean beautiful. I think the Irish moss does a really good job, I use it on every batch now. I only dry hopped with 1oz of Chinook hops.
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Did you use pellets or whole cone? I prefer whole cone and use a hop strainer that I made for my racking cane:





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you can also put a hop sack over the end of the racking cane, that should stop most hop gunk from being transferred to your bottling bucket. it's very much like Hex's idea, but with a finer mesh.
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Just opened bottle of third beer, a rye p.a.

Dry hopped with loose pellets, was really worried when it turned into a huge mess in carboy.

Had in primary for two weeks, the secondary quite a while, 12 days or so dry hopped. Jiggled carboy every now and then, hops eventually went to bottom.

Racked to bucket for bottling with boiled grain bag over siphon.

Clearest of my three beers. 8 days in the bottle at this point, tried one tonight and tasted success.

(I had not been using bottling bucket but did so to rack with the grain bag.)
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Thank you all for the ideas with the racking. I will definitely be doing that!


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