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Old 01-28-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Hi all, I have a 2 part question. First, as far as dryhopping, do I need do anything special besides boiling my bag that came with my kit putting in the hops and putting it in my secondary? Do I need to worry about it sinking?

Secondly, my EPA has been in the primary for a week as well as a week in the secondary. I could dryhop tonight and bottle next weekend or will it come out better if I wait another week before I dryhop?

The recipe calls for a week in the primary and 2-3 weeks in the secondary. I'm just wondering if it will come out better if I wait the extra week?

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Old 01-28-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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I soaked my bag in starsan. Didn't boil it at all.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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I read somewhere to put a few marbles in the bag so it will sink.


Also I have been told not to dry hop more than a week.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:34 AM   #4
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Yeah, from what ive heard,my plan is to dryhop for 5-7 days. I'm just not sure if I should keep it in the secondary for 2 or 3 weeks (its already had 1 week in the primary).

I can dryhop tomorrow and bottle next weekend or wait another week. Would it be better for the beer to go the 3 weeks in the secondary or will it be ready in 2 weeks ?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:34 AM   #5
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Unless you need to harvest the yeast, I wouldn't bother with the bag or the secondary. Pellet hop bits will settle out in a week or so. I'd bottle immediately after everything has fully crashed.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:11 PM   #6
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I know a lot of people don't use a secondary. Maybe I'll skip it in my next brew but right now it's been in there a week as well as a week in the primary.

I'm trying to decide if I should bottle this weekend or wait another week?

So either 1 week primary/2 weeks in secondary or 1 week in primary/3 weeks in secondary?

I don't mind waiting an extra week if it will make it better. Either way, I'm going to dryhop for 5 or 6 days.

It's a clone of Fullers ESB ale.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:29 PM   #7
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English bitters normally aren't dry hopped to my knowledge. But go for it if you like it that way. Just make sure the beer is at a stable FG & settled out pretty good. Then dry hop for a week.
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So would you suggest 2 or 3 weeks in secondary?
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Here's something silly to suggest....

Taste it and take a gravity reading. If its done fermenting, which it should be in secondary and if it tastes good then dry hop it!
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I was asking the same question a few weeks ago. Most seemed to suggest tossing into the primary with no bag, which I did. From this one incident it went very well. I left it in for 6 days I believe and put my sanitized nylon hop bag on the end of transfer hose and didn't have any hops in the first bottle I poured.
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