- Dec 3, 2016
- Reaction score
- Somerset county
To close the loop, ended up doing 1/2 the dry hop load for 16 days, the other half for 5 days. Used a pliney pack from farmhouse, so the hops are per the RR homebrewing recipe, not the brew sheet posted here. It's really really good, except I had a lousy yield transferring to the keg, since I managed to clog my transfer line with all the hopsOk, brewed this last weekend, went great, hit 1.072 exact. But I didn t think through dry hop plan while on vacation! Hit her with a nice big starter of WLP 090 SD super yeast), and at day 8 fermentation, it's already at FG of 1.015. Went at 67 in chamber. Drinking the sample now with dinner, and it's the best beer I've made so far.
Based on where I am and travel plans, I'm going to mod the dry hop plan, and cut fermentation short from 4 weeks in recipe by a few days. Going to drop the firs dry hop tomorrow at noon, on day 9. Then I'll be back home on day 21. Then I'll hit it with the 2nd dry hop, raise it up to 70 F and keg on day 25.
So I'll be short 3 days, and 1st dry hop will be 16 days instead of 12. 2nd dry hop as planned. I think this will make a better, fresher beer than the alternative, which is to wait till I get back to start first dry hop on day 21, and have it go for nearly 5 weeks prior to kegging. I'm not in a huge rush, so I'll do whatever makes the beer taste better. I can condition in the keg.
I've read somewhere about the back end of primary being an ideal time, and that's where I am as of today, so instinct tells me to start tomorrow.
Any advice, dry hop now, or Friday after next, would be appreciated.
Damn, this hydro sample is good!