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Old 02-13-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
Nov 2007
Southlake, TX
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I'd like to dry hop an APA in the primary once fermentation has subsided and I've hit my FG. After an extra rest in the primary with the hops, I'd transfer straight to a keg. I'm concerned that this means around 17 days on the yeast. I don't think this should be a problem but thought I'd ask. Has anyone followed a similar procedure and had problems with the finished beer?

I was thinking this might even be beneficial. I detected a bit of diacetyl in my last attempt and figured it was because I was impatient and racked to the keg too quickly.

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Old 02-13-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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17 days on the yeast should not be a problem. You might consider dry hopping in the keg.

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Old 02-13-2008, 10:01 PM   #3
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I dry hop in my primary all the time after the krausen falls (7 days is good). let the hops work in the carboy for 7 to 10 more days and then transfer to keg. Do not worry, this works great.

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Old 02-13-2008, 10:05 PM   #4
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17 days on the yeast will be fine. I'm going to rack my current batch (an IPA) to secondary this Saturday - it will have been in primary for 21 days, and dry-hopped for the last seven. Like you say, it's important to give the yeast enough time not just for fermenting, but also to clean up after themselves. I wouldn't primary for less than two weeks, and would be happy to leave it for twice that.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:31 AM   #5
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I've dry hopped in the keg and in primary and I prefer to just drop them in the primary.

The only hops I can buy locally are pellets and floaters end up in the glass.

The last time I dry hopped in the primary I put them in a hop bag, but next time I'm just going to plop them in and rack to the keg when I'm ready.
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