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Old 05-01-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys just kegged an american brown ale that I dry hopped for 15 days and made the mistake of adding the hops to my first fermenter instead of transferring to my second. I just pressurized my keg and force carbonated my beer and its tasting really off. The beer really has no smell to it either which is weird, it smelt better when I put the hops after fermentation....

If im not making sense this is my first attempt at dry hopping and first at kegging. Im just wondering if after a week the carbonation from the co2 will improve it since im used to using the priming sugar and enjoying it that way..

Should i trash this batch?

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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First, don't trash it

Second, a 15 day dry hop is VERY long. I would max it out at 7 days (there are exceptions if course) because the hops will start to give off a grassy/vegetal flavor if they're in there too long.

If its the hops that are giving the off flavor then aging the keg a bit will reduce the hop flavor and aroma. I'm sure carving will help some as well

Also, not sure what you mean by silky tasting. That's usually a texture


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Ya i really didnt want to dry hop that long but things kept coming up. A better way to probably describe the taste would be soapy? It has a weird finish that you need to swallow again to clean your pallet. Im almost wondering maybe when transfering to my bottling bucket I may of sucked up more of the sediment...
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What's the recipe? Carbing will definitely lighten the body, so definitely do that before even considering dumping.
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its an american brown extract kit. So specialty grains, Bries, hops haha pretty broad but i did choose cascade hops to dry hop with.
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Soapy could come from the extended dry hop. Everyone tastes things a little different, and I seem to be sensitive to the "soapy" flavor a lot even when my buddies dont. If you force carbed, the beer itself might be a little green anyway. Set the PSI to serving pressure and forget about it for 2-3 weeks. Then report back what you are tasting
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Hey guys just kegged an american brown ale that I dry hopped for 15 days and made the mistake of adding the hops to my first fermenter instead of transferring to my second.
first off, that isn't a mistake. the "need" to move beer to a secondary for dry-hopping is old-school... lots of people still do it, but many others (including myself) dry-hop in primary. 95% of my beers are primary-only. there are some advantages to racking to secondary, but to my mind there are more disadvantages (risk of infection, oxidation, etc). so the fact that you dry-hopped in primary is just fine.

carbonation should help with aroma.
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Do you toss whole leaf hops straight into the primary, if you're using whole leaf? I was going to add my dry hops today but realized I'm out of the hop sacks.
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Do you toss whole leaf hops straight into the primary, if you're using whole leaf? I was going to add my dry hops today but realized I'm out of the hop sacks.
I did. The was still a lot of them floating on top when I went to rack to the bottling bucket but I had expected that and was prepared with a paint strainer bag that I sanitized and fastened to the bottom of my autosiphon with a rubber band before shoving it down through the hops.


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