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Old 06-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #11
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Sometimes, I just dryhop in the keg. That works well too, as long as I use a fine mesh bag so I don't clog up my diptube.
I'm doing this for the first time with a classic APA. I'm really excited to see how it works out! The suspense is killing me, but I'll be ten days on CO2 on Wed, trying to hold out until then to give it just a little more time to WOW me

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #12
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Another option, though far less common, is dry hopping simultaneously with your yeast pitch. The argument against this is that volatiles will be blown off through the process of releasing CO2, and this is true to a point.

I had to experiment with this process when working at a pub that used spundigs for carbonation. Since the fermenters had to be sealed with the pressure relief set at a certain point to allow gas beyond that needed for carbonation to escape during fermentation, there was no convenient method of adding the hops post-fermentation. The only reasonable time to put them in the fermenter was along with yeast pitch.

After fooling around with it some, trying different amounts of dry hop, etc., I came to the conclusion that an additional 10-15% of the dry hop bill was required to achieve a similar effect in the finished product.

The upside is less effort and fewer times opening/closing your fermenter, every time you do so it is another potential contamination source.

The downside is that it takes more hops which means more $ and more junk in the fermenter.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:51 PM   #13
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dry hop in primary. not worth the effort for secondary. I do not reuse yeast and rarely make lagers or fruit beers, so I almost never secondary. I have dropped plenty of times in primary with great results. Even better if you have

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Old 06-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #14
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Don't leave us hanging man!

Even better if you have WHAT?!?!?

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #15
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I dry hop in primary and then won't do secondary ....carboys are a pain to clean after dryhoping.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #16
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I personally dry hop in a secondary. I think it's just preference and what your process is. I usually always rack to a secondary and use it as a "settling tank".

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Old 06-21-2013, 09:49 PM   #17
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Good question. I was wondering the same thing myself. I'm on my 5th batch and haven't dry-hopped any yet, but I'm looking forward to trying it. 11-1 makes me feel a lot better about not using a secondary, which was my main hesitation. Thanks!

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Old 06-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #18
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I dry hop in my primary. In fact, I'm going to go do that now!

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Old 06-22-2013, 11:46 PM   #19
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I have done both. If you like to let your brew drop out a bit more, or need the fermenter for another batch. Then secondary is a good way to go. Just take time to properly clean and sanitize your secondary, and it's all good.

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Old 06-23-2013, 12:16 AM   #20
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