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Old 01-30-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default Brewers Best Red Ale not bitter enough, will dry hopping the keg help?

I kegged and force carbed this red ale last weekend. It's good, but just a little too sweet (or something) for my taste. I am considering dropping a couple ounces of leaf hops in a muslin sack and throwing that in the keg. What affect will this have on the beer? Is this a crazy idea or should I give it a shot? I am really into IPA's right now, so I am looking for something to kick it up a notch.

Primary 1: gearing up for a new brew
Primary 2: sadly, it's empty
Kegged: Austin Homebrew Blue Moon Clone
Keggerator tap 1: India Black Ale
Keggerator tap 2: Blue Moon
Keggerator tap 3: Real Reactionary IPA
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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To gain bitterness from the hops they need to be boiled to isomerize the hop oils so dry hopping will not gain you bitterness. What it can gain you is a wonderful (or horrible, depending on the variety and your nose) aroma. I love the aroma I get from freshly packaged Citra hops.
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I've done that before. It won't add much if any bitterness but some hop aroma. Definitely a benefit a keg has over bottling if you ask me. It's kinda hard to open 52 bottles and dry hop them : )
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