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Old 01-09-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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I am currently brewing a pliny the elder clone which called for a lot of hops; 7 oz during boil and 5 oz dry hop! As a result, I have a huge amount of trub/hop residue in my carboy... As you can tell by the picture, I have lost about a gallon to this debris. My question is, what the best way to reduce this hop/trub cake? its about 6 inches high... Cold crash? Help!

I will be priming and bottling.

(This beer has had three weeks in primary, then 4 days dry hopped in primary. NO secondary. I want to bottle in 2 days)


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Old 01-09-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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You are always going to loose some beer because of trub an yeast cake... One way to reduce some if this is to use a hop sock during your boil. This will reduce the amount of hop trub in the bottom I your brew kettle making it easier to get to your correct pre-fermentation volume. Second thing is to rack after primary. Get the beer off the yeast to dry hop, it will make it easier to cold crash the hop debris and won't have a 6" cake of yeast and hops.



 
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Try using dry leaf hops for dry hopping as opposed to the pellet variety.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #4
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I would definitely cold crash it for a day or two to let that cake get condensed and make sure ask the hop particles have dropped out.

 
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:06 PM   #5
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You can also strain the chilled wort into the fermenter as well as top off water. It also aerates as you pour it through in a circular motion. You'll get a lot less trub in the fermenter this way. Also,put your dry hops in sacks so they can be squeezed out & contain hop debris.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #6
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I am currently brewing a pliny the elder clone which called for a lot of hops; 7 oz during boil and 5 oz dry hop! As a result, I have a huge amount of trub/hop residue in my carboy... As you can tell by the picture, I have lost about a gallon to this debris. My question is, what the best way to reduce this hop/trub cake? its about 6 inches high... Cold crash? Help!

I will be priming and bottling.

(This beer has had three weeks in primary, then 4 days dry hopped in primary. NO secondary. I want to bottle in 2 days)
Cold crash will help. Man, that's a lot of trub!

What yeast did this clone use?

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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I use hop bags in the boil and carboy to keep out the hop vegetative material.

 
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #8
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Ok, so next time I will definatly use hop bags.

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Cold crash will help. Man, that's a lot of trub!

What yeast did this clone use?

Rick
WLP 001.

Also, can I cold crash even though I want to use priming sugar to bottle carbonate? Im afraid the cold might kill all the yeast I need to bottle carb..

 
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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Ok, so next time I will definatly use hop bags.

WLP 001.

Also, can I cold crash even though I want to use priming sugar to bottle carbonate? Im afraid the cold might kill all the yeast I need to bottle carb..
Cold will not kill yeast (you can store it in the freezer for long periods), it just goes dormant. After it warms in the bottle, it will liven up and get back to work.

People cold crash all the time, it has a negligible effect on bottle conditioning.

 
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:44 PM   #10
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For this batch, cold crash for 48 hours then tie a nylon stocking to the output side of the racking cane when you transder to the bottling bucket, it will catch the hops for the most part. It may be a little slow going but it will work.



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