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Dry hopping questions

Postby Danno18 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:55 pm

I just made a batch of citra pale ale in my new SS brew bucket and have some questions on dry hopping. The brew bucket is 7 gallons and I have about 5 gallons fermenting. After the fermentation slows (4-5 days) I want to add 2-3 oz of more citra pellets. Normally when fermenting in a carboy I would rack this into a smaller carboy. Since this new brew bucket has a nice conical bottom and a racking valve near the bottom, should I just open up the lid & drop the pellets in? Or, would it still be best to rack into a smaller secondary container & then add the hops? Another nice feature with the brew bucket is the top opens all the way for easy cleaning, unlike carboys with their narrow necks.
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby turbo_ale » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:50 pm

My method would be adding two oz pellets to the primary, unless your going to harvest the yeast there is no issue to do it this way.
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Dry hopping questions

Postby Brewtime » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:14 pm

Just dump them in
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby tookalisten » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:25 pm

That's what I do, ferment 7 days, dump them in, then keg after 7 days (give or take a day)
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby pclemon » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:35 am

turbo_ale wrote:My method would be adding two oz pellets to the primary, unless your going to harvest the yeast there is no issue to do it this way.



This. No reason to put into a secondary unless you want the yeast.
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby Denny » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:13 am

I've done some experimenting with dry hopping, based on an article in Zymurgy by Stan Hieronymous. I had just dry hopped an IPA and was puzzled by a floral scent/flavor that I wasn't expecting. I read Stan's article and he talked about the interaction of yeast and hops increasing the level of gerianol, a rose like ester, that you get from the hops. That was exactly what I was experiencing and I had dry hopped in primary after 2-3 weeks. I brewed another batch and before dry hopping I racked half of it to secondary and dry hopped it. The other half was dry hopped in primary. Sure enough, I get the same results from the beer still on the yeast, while the beer in secondary let the real hop character come through. I've now started racking to secondary before dry hopping.
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby CA_Mouse » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:54 pm

Denny wrote:I've done some experimenting with dry hopping, based on an article in Zymurgy by Stan Hieronymous. I had just dry hopped an IPA and was puzzled by a floral scent/flavor that I wasn't expecting. I read Stan's article and he talked about the interaction of yeast and hops increasing the level of gerianol, a rose like ester, that you get from the hops. That was exactly what I was experiencing and I had dry hopped in primary after 2-3 weeks. I brewed another batch and before dry hopping I racked half of it to secondary and dry hopped it. The other half was dry hopped in primary. Sure enough, I get the same results from the beer still on the yeast, while the beer in secondary let the real hop character come through. I've now started racking to secondary before dry hopping.


I read the article and listened to a podcast that had Stan on it, but hadn't paid attention to it as much as I should have. I dry hopped my IIPA while still in primary and waited until the alcohol had mellowed a bit. I had a pint the other night and thought that I had lost a significant amount of the aroma from my last one that I dry hopped in the keg. Reading your post brought back exactly that flavor profile (week old roses), more floral and 'green' than fruity and pungent. Now I have to brew it again and dry hop in the keg again to see if it changes back to fruit stripe gum and grapefruit instead of roses and grapefruit.
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby rookie » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:00 am

Denny wrote:I've done some experimenting with dry hopping, based on an article in Zymurgy by Stan Hieronymous. I had just dry hopped an IPA and was puzzled by a floral scent/flavor that I wasn't expecting. I read Stan's article and he talked about the interaction of yeast and hops increasing the level of gerianol, a rose like ester, that you get from the hops. That was exactly what I was experiencing and I had dry hopped in primary after 2-3 weeks. I brewed another batch and before dry hopping I racked half of it to secondary and dry hopped it. The other half was dry hopped in primary. Sure enough, I get the same results from the beer still on the yeast, while the beer in secondary let the real hop character come through. I've now started racking to secondary before dry hopping.


Unless you want rose like esters. I wouldn't, but they might float someone's boat.
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Re: Dry hopping questions

Postby CA_Mouse » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:32 am

rookie wrote:
Denny wrote:I've done some experimenting with dry hopping, based on an article in Zymurgy by Stan Hieronymous. I had just dry hopped an IPA and was puzzled by a floral scent/flavor that I wasn't expecting. I read Stan's article and he talked about the interaction of yeast and hops increasing the level of gerianol, a rose like ester, that you get from the hops. That was exactly what I was experiencing and I had dry hopped in primary after 2-3 weeks. I brewed another batch and before dry hopping I racked half of it to secondary and dry hopped it. The other half was dry hopped in primary. Sure enough, I get the same results from the beer still on the yeast, while the beer in secondary let the real hop character come through. I've now started racking to secondary before dry hopping.


Unless you want rose like esters. I wouldn't, but they might float someone's boat.


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