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Old 01-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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I have about 7 batches under my belt including AG and the only ones that show floaties are the ones I have dry hopped. I only keg and cold crash so I can see the first few pulls but this is much more than that.

What are the recommended ways to do it? I have just been throwing them in the primary after fermentation is completed. then letting sit for another week before kegging.


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Old 01-14-2013, 02:32 AM   #2
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Have the room to cold crash prior to kegging? I dry hop for a week, cod crash over night at 30-32F, then keg it up, after a week in the keg, its clear as a bell.


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No room to crash before kegging. Maybe this summer since I plan on getting a fridge for a fermentation chamber.
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For dryhopping, I prefer pellet hops. After 6-10 days, they typically sink. If any hop particles are left on the surface at that time, then a nylon mesh paint strainer bag from Home Depot, wrapped around the auto-siphon when transferring will help with that. The prime goal is filtering without introducing oxygen, which is why you should wrap the auto-siphon instead of transferring & splashing the beer through mesh material from a height.

Some people say cold crashing helps to drop out dryhops, but I beg to differ. It's the extended 3-7 days of added time that further helps any non-yeast/protein particulates to drop... not the change in temperature. Cold crashing IPAs in my experience is only beneficial for clarity purposes when you use a low floc yeast. I've skipped the cold crash for many an IPA, using medium-high to high floc yeast, and I've always had crystal clear beers despite using a ton of hops and no gelatin or clarifiers other than plain old whirlfloc in the kettle.
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