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Old 05-07-2013, 01:57 AM   #1
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Default Dry hopping in secondary or in keg, differences?

I am taking beer to an event in the near future , it has been dry hopping for couple of days in secondary.

Is there any difference in dry hopping in secondary or putting the beer/hops in a keg and chilling/carbonating? Will it take up the hops slower while chilled and carbonated? I want to get as much aroma out of the hops as possible before the event.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:22 AM   #2
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I got a tiny flake of hop stuck inside the popit of the keg and that caused every pour to be pure foam, so I don't know if using a bag would make dry hopping in a keg possible. I've left oak cubes in a keg, but never hops.


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Old 05-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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I know bags are common to use to keep the hops in suspension just above the dip tube. Just wondering of kegging and chilling will slow down the hop absorption.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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According to a post I read on these forums by Yooper, lower temperatures will indeed cause the aroma absorption from the dry hops to take longer. I've never dry hopped in a keg, though lots of people do. Just be prepared for it to take weeks instead of a few days/one week.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:41 PM   #5
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I'll just leave it in the secondary. I want to get about 10-11 days of dry hopping in then keg and force carb.
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It does slow down when the beer is chilled. A week or two should be plenty though. I say do both secondary and Keg. I'm doing an IIPA based off Pliney the Elder. I did dry hops near the end of primary, 10 days in secondary at 50F and again in the keg at 35F. I plan to transfer to another keg after two weeks.
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Hop oil extraction takes longer at low temperatures. I like a very short dry hop (I use pellets exclusively) of ~3 days because by then pretty much all of your hop oils are extracted and you're really just losing aroma at room temp (in my experience.
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I have taken to dry-hopping in the keg, but not chilled or on gas. I use a bag with some fishing line to suspend the hops in the keg, hit it with enough CO2 to get the air out of the keg and leave it at room-temp for a week.

Basically it saves me from having to rack the beer twice.
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keg hopping may fully extract slower, but you'll definitely tell the difference by the next day.
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I dry hop in a kegs, i had tack welded a small SS bracket to the under side of my corny keg lid.

This way you don't have floss (or fishing line) coming out the o-ring (i have lost a whole Co2 tank doing this) all you have to do is put your hops (leaf or pellet) in a bag, and hang them with floss to the bracket and your good.

I also put a small SS something in the bag to make it sink, they float other wise.

i still transfer to another keg for serving. i would rather not have yeast sitting in the bottom of my kegs if i dont have to.

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