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Old 11-27-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Not a fan of dry-hopping

Hello HBT

I've dry hopped 3 of my batches lately. It's NZ Nelson Sauvin.
The beer came out grassy with an overly sweety hop taste, i don't know how to put it into words though.

But everyone seems to get good results from dry hopping. Is it very dependent on the recipe/hops to choose to dry-hop or otherwise the beer wouldn't taste great?

I made an extract Pale Ale OG1050, single hop(NZ Nelson Sauvin) IBUs was at around 30, dry hopped with 1oz. of hops for 2 weeks, bottled.

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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You dry hopped too long,7-10 days is excepted practice. 2 weeks + and you start getting grassy/vegetal flavors. More isn't always better.


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+1 on DH'ing for too long. I usually do 7 days max to avoid the taste you're talking about.
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They are correct. Yooper explained this to me so any dry hopping I do is 3-4 days now to avoid any risk of that taste.
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Nothing wrong with disliking dry hopping. Heck, I dislike hops entirely! Got tired of highly-hopped beers many years ago.
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Agreed. I dry hop for 5 to 7 days.
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Also, choose high AA% hops. They usually have more essential oils relative to their vegetal matter.
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I just threw 3 oz. of pellet hops into my IPA secondary. 2 oz cascade, 1 oz chinook. Smells like grapefruit and citrus.

Its hopped a lot already, though, so I will not dry hop for more than 4 days (bottling on saturday).
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Just remember that what you're smelling are chemicals that have left the beer. There's less of it in the brew, now. That said, you should have plenty of oils in the beer.
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I ususally dry hop for 6-7 days. I've never dry hopped longer than 7 days and my beers have all turned out just fine.


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