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Old 07-02-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default Dry Hopping - Whole leaf vs pellets

I've been using whole leaf hops for dry hopping, but I'm not getting much aroma/hop flavor. I used an ounce of Cascade in my last batch for 7 days. Will pellets impart more flavor or do I simply need to double up my hops?


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Old 07-02-2012, 09:32 AM   #2
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I use pellets all the time but at a minimum of 3oz. I do not think 1 oz is going to a whole lot.


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Old 07-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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I get much better aroma out of pellets, which I attribute to the lupulin glands being crushed by the pelletization process (they are mostly intact in whole leaf hops).

I use pellets exclusively.
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The recipe was for Bell's Two Hearted and only called for .5 oz dry hop and I doubled it to a full oz.

I think I will do a re-brew and change up a couple of things:

- Eliminate the 15, 5 and one minute hop additions
- Add two oz at flame out
- Dry hop with two oz
- All pellets, no whole leaf

I'll post back after I re-brew. Probably be about 6 weeks as I have a pretty full lineup at the moment.

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What temp are you keeping your dry-hop at? Temps around 65F to 68F will pull more of the aroma/oils out faster. Another key is when... if you put the hops in with too much active fermentation, then the co2 production will push the aroma out. How fresh are your hops? If you rub the leaf between your fingers, do you get a nice aroma or nothing at all?

Pellets have a few advantages (easier oil extraction since they've already been pulverized, and suck up a bit less wort), but I don't think one could notice if a beer was dry-hopped with leaf vs. pellets
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:59 AM   #6
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I may be wrong, but dry hopping shouldn't add much "hop flavor" it is more for aroma. I use pellets.
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It won't add bitterness, but it can add flavors... depending on the hop... freshly dry-hopped beer can have a earthy, grassy, spicy, etc flavors. These flavors tend will fade as will the aroma though that tends to last longer than any immediate flavors you might extract.
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Are you brewing an IPA?

If so, I typically go with the rate of 0.50 oz. dryhops per gallon of beer (higher if you have an Imperial IPA).

Pellet hops will give more aroma in a shorter time than leaf hops.

See link and below comment: http://beersensoryscience.wordpress....08/08/myrcene/

"Whole hops can have as much as 70% more myrcene than pellets of the same variety, but that difference is flipped when the wort is hopped as only 5% of myrcene is extracted from whole hops compared to 17% from pellets."
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Great info! Primary fermentation was complete and I dry hopped in secondary at 68 degrees.
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If you Keg, have you tried dryhopping in the Keg?


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