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Old 02-05-2013, 09:57 PM   #11
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I used to wrap a paint strainer to the end of the racking cane. I stopped because some people said it could cause air to get into the beer and cause taste issues. I've founnd a lot of the hops stick to the side of the bottling bucket anyway. I just end up leaving a couple beers behind, I guess. I use pellets, and my fav is the old standby Cascade. I've started to add simcoe, and citra as well.


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Old 02-05-2013, 09:58 PM   #12
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First of all,I like to dry hop with the flavor hops I used in the boil. Maybe even the bittering hop if it also can be used for some flavoring/aroma. I think doing it this way makes the hops a more rounded experience. I also use santized hop sacks for pellets,which give a bit more bittering more easily than whole leaf. Flavor & aroma-wise,a bit crisper. Whole leaf dry hopped is a bit smoother in my estimation,& a muslin grain sack must be used due to there greater volume per the same weight.


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Old 02-05-2013, 10:24 PM   #13
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I used to wrap a paint strainer to the end of the racking cane. I stopped because some people said it could cause air to get into the beer and cause taste issues.
False.

However, poor racking practices in general can cause the beer to be exposed to unwanted levels of oxygen.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:26 AM   #14
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So how much hops should I add? I was thinking 2oz or so.
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Depends on the intensity you're after. I usually go with anywhere from 0.50-0.75 oz. per gallon of beer, all the way up to 1.0-1.2 oz. per gallon for the bigger, more intense IIPAs.
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Depends on the intensity you're after. I usually go with anywhere from 0.50-0.75 oz. per gallon of beer, all the way up to 1.0-1.2 oz. per gallon for the bigger, more intense IIPAs.
This is relatively a big beer. The OG was 1.069 and FG is 1.014. It probably already has a big hop aroma because its an IPA.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:28 AM   #17
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I did an aipa that was all citra, simcoe, and Amarillo, then dry hopped with 2 oz citra, 1 simcoe, 1 Amarillo. 10 days. Amazing aroma. It was about 1.065/1.015, 55 ibu.
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Whole leaf and a hop bag works for me. Currently on a Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial bender.... added every other day x 4 days after fermentation ceases...
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Yeah but isn't there hops used just for aroma? Does it matter is I mix and match hops?
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Good idea! Which end of the racking can do you attach the bag?



A mix of Amarillo and Cascade sounds good. How about 1oz of both?
I put the bag over the suction end that goes into the fermenter. You can use a sanitized ziptie to keep the bag on, or if the bag is large enough just don't let the entire bag through the neck of the carboy and it will stay on.

For an IPA 2 oz of dry hop in 5 gallons is a minimum. I would use 3 oz!


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