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Old 04-09-2006, 12:10 AM   #1
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Getting whole hops into a carboy is quite a challenge. (I've always dry-hopped with pellets before.) I had oak chips and whole columbus to go into my IPA--I was going to try a hop bag, but there was just no way I was going to be able to jam that bag into the carboy.

I ended up sanatizing my big funnel anbd dumping the hops and oak chips in there that way. Now I'm celebrating by polishing off just about the last of the last batch of IPA.

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Old 04-09-2006, 01:14 AM   #2
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I sanitize my hands and just shove them down the neck of the carboy.


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Old 04-09-2006, 01:16 AM   #3
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oh thank god I'm not the only one that had trouble getting hops into the carboy! Mine's in a hopbag, but I ended up twisting that badboy in slowly until it finally popped in. Now I have NO idea how I'm going to get it out.

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Old 04-09-2006, 01:44 AM   #4
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The one and only time I've tried it I made a hell of a mess in the family room. Hop flowers everywhere!

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Old 04-09-2006, 02:18 AM   #5
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I like putting them in a hopbag, and then just throwing the bag in my keg. Keeps that hop aroma goin' strong.

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Old 04-09-2006, 03:34 AM   #6
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I put Marbles in a hop bag ( large steelies work best) soak the bag and marbles in star-san.. Add the hops, and shove the bag in the carboy.... It then sinks to the bottom and I walk away.. after bottling I turn the carboy upside down.. Grab the marble end of the bag that easily goes to the hole.. and pull the bag out, cut the bottom, extract my marbles and toss the rest in the trash.

I Blame Dude for getting me away from pellets and into leaf hops.

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Old 04-09-2006, 12:22 PM   #7
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Do you guys sanitize the hops prior to dry hopping?
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Old 04-09-2006, 01:05 PM   #8
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I don't..

I do sanitize my hands and everything that comes in contact with the hops.

My local Dr. of Hoppology told me that there is something in hops that resists bacteria.

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Old 04-09-2006, 01:07 PM   #9
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Now I have NO idea how I'm going to get it out.
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Old 04-16-2006, 10:58 PM   #10
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I had the same concern after spending 5 minutes trying to squeeze my hop bag into the carboy and realized that there was no way it would ever come back out. Sounds like the marble tip would work well! I aborted the attempt and tossed the hops, but with a week left in the secondary, I'll make a trip to the HBS to pick up more hops and give it a try!

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