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Old 08-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Any advice on best way to dry hop? My plan was to place 1 oz cascade and .5 oz simcoe in secondary (no muslin bag). Anyone have issues with too much expansion in carboy? Should I use a bag? If so, how would I get it out of the carboy when finished?

 
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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I use pellets. Put them in first, then rack on top of them. When its time to rack to the keg I put a piece of nylon mesh over the end of my racking cane to keep the hops out. Works like a charm.

 
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:20 AM   #4
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Would you recommend sterilizing hops before you dry hop? If so, what's the best way to sterilize them?

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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Would you recommend sterilizing hops before you dry hop? If so, what's the best way to sterilize them?
No. I mean, don't roll them around on the floor or anything, but you can just use them right from the package without worry.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:34 AM   #6
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I've dry hopped in a muslin bag and it's not hard to remove. Once you rack your finished brew out you can turn the carboy over and just grab the bag. If you think it would be difficult you can use either dental floss or what i use is a cotton string for cooking tied around a knot in the bag. I also have tied some glass "stones" into the bag to keep it weighed down.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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Ohh alright. Would you recommend using a Muslin bag or just throwing the pellets in the carboy and rack?

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:40 AM   #8
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Just throw the pellets in. Heck, I don't even use a secondary. I just throw the pellets in the primary after fermentation is complete. When I go to bottle, I line my bottling bucket with a paint strainer bag - it collects a lot of the stuff that didn't just settle out naturally in the carboy.

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Old 08-30-2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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I like the muslin bag approach though i'm sue others would disagree. I would use a grain bag sized bag so there is more than enough room for expansion.

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #10
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Lower 70 degree temps ok for dry hopping? I
Am In an apartment and don't have much to hold cooler temps except the air conditioning unit. Plan only 5 days of dry hopping... Any objections?

 
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