When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

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When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

Postby Maltyno » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:38 pm

I'm doing a Citra Pale Ale extract KIT: 251 and it specifies adding the final "1 oz of Citra Dry Hops to secondary fermentation for 3-7 days"

Is this a mistake? my secondary fermentation is usually in the bottles.
or is it the second week of the primary fermentation?
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Re: When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

Postby pclemon » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:35 pm

Secondary fermentation is a bit misnamed. Some people will let fermentation take place, then rack the beer over to a "Second" carboy where they'll add any hops or other items they want the beer to sit on for a while (oak chips, vanilla, bourbon, etc). Most homebrewers that have been at it a while will tell you transferring it is a completely unnecessary step. Let the beer ferment out, let the krausen drop and throw the ounce of hops in. Let it sit for 7-10 days and bottle as normal.
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Re: When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

Postby Maltyno » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:46 pm

Thanks Pete.
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Re: When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

Postby dmtaylor » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:23 pm

I agree with Pete; however, I also agree with the original guidance that 3-7 days is plenty, with 3-4 days being the real number. Citra is an extremely strong hop anyway, so a day or two might even be enough.
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Re: When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

Postby CA_Mouse » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:25 pm

I've gone to dropping my dry hops about 10 days into fermentation and leaving them for 4 to 6 days (dependant on the hops I'm using), then cold crash and rack off the yeast and hops. Unless I'm planning on re-using my yeast, then I will rack to a carboy of the appropriate size (5 gallons of beer into a 5 gallon carboy, 5.5 gallons into a 6 gallon carboy) that I've flushed with CO2 just before racking. Yes I'm a little paranoid about cardboard taste! :oops:
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Re: When to add Citra hops to "secondary fermentation"?

Postby pclemon » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:47 am

The reason I stipulated 7-10 days is that I find it often takes at least 7 days just for the hops to fall to the bottom of the beer and if I transfer after that I'm kegging a fair amount of hop material as well. If it's an issue with the hop variety being really strong I would have more a tendency to use less of it and stick with 7-10 days.
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