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Old 01-23-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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This is my first time dry hopping and I am going to dry hop my amber ale and I really never use a secondary so can I just add whole hops to the primary? Does that cause a problem the racking? And how much should I use for a 5 gallon batch ?

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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I did a dry hop on an red ale a few weeks ago. Just tossed the 1 oz. of pellets into the primary and let it sit for 2 more weeks. Cost me about 3 bottles of my 5 gal batch when I bottled this week due to the increased amount of trub in the better bottle. I still don't know how it changed the taste as the bottles need to sit for a few weeks. Msg me in 3 weeks and I will let you know how much different it was from the non dry hopped batch I made this summer. And yes, racking had to be watched carefully like using a yeast that does not floc. well.

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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You can dry hop in your primary as long as your not planning on reusing the yeast cake (I use secondary out of habit more than anything). Wait until its at final gravity (finished fermenting) of course before you add your hops. Put the hops in a muslin bag instead of just dumping them in and you shouldn't have any problems racking off.

What kind of beer is it? You could use anywhere from .25oz to >1lb.......... your beer, your call. The single greatest thing about home brew!

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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So this more of a question on dry hopping. So do you do this in place of adding the hops during the wart process? If so does it give a diffrent flavor like more of an IPA?

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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Dry hopping is typically additional to a typical hop schedule, however some will use it in place of a 5min or flame out addition. Dry hops will give stronger hop aroma and taste but no bitterness.

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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No I had several hop infusion in the boil I just love hops and want to get a little flavor and mostly aroma. I am using a carboy so I can't really use a bag :/ is there an alternative?

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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My last batch I used part of the boil bag to use as a screen to filter out the hops with the siphon I have. It worked pretty good may wont to try that if you are going to just toss the hops in.

 
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I dry hop in primary all the time and I use whole leaf hops and I just throw them in and have no issues with racking or with my auto siphon. You can simply put them in the carboy slowly by hand. First wash your hands well and rinse well and dry with clean towel. Whole leafs can be a pain in a carboy cause you have to do them slowly. (I use buckets, cheap and easy to clean, seal well and are easy for an old man like me to move on a cart.) Amount to use will depend on you and what your looking for. In my IPA's I have used up two ounces. Amber ales not so much but it is your beer use what you want. Let it sit for 7 days before packaging -- well that is what I like to do.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:32 PM   #9
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i was just going to actually ask this question today because ive got a red ipa i just made that needs to be dry hopped but i dont have any free fermenters for secondaries so i was just going to dry hop in the primary and keg them next week... seems like it shouldnt be an issue then,

i'm using pellets so i'm just going to toss them in and put a muslin bag around my racking cane when i siphon into the kegs.

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:53 PM   #10
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I dry hop in primary all the time and I use whole leaf hops and I just throw them in and have no issues with racking or with my auto siphon. You can simply put them in the carboy slowly by hand. First wash your hands well and rinse well and dry with clean towel. Whole leafs can be a pain in a carboy cause you have to do them slowly. (I use buckets, cheap and easy to clean, seal well and are easy for an old man like me to move on a cart.) Amount to use will depend on you and what your looking for. In my IPA's I have used up two ounces. Amber ales not so much but it is your beer use what you want. Let it sit for 7 days before packaging -- well that is what I like to do.
Awesome! Sound advice, much appreciated

 
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