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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2012, 05:52:02 PM »
For a 5 gallon batch I use 2 oz in an APA/XPA, and 3-4 oz in an IPA. I noticed a huge difference when I went from 1 to 2 ounces, but I haven't done enough 3-4oz batches to decide whether that gives significantly more hop aroma than 2 oz.

I'll use either whole cone or pellet hops, depending on what I have on hand. I haven't noticed a difference between the two, so I prefer pellets when I can since they soak up less beer.

I don't bag my hops, I just dump them in the fermenter (I prefer buckets to carboys for dry hopped beers for this reason). I line my bottling bucket with a paint strainer bag when I rack over to catch any hop bits that may make it through the autosiphon. I have "punched down" the floating hops when using a large amount of whole cones for dry-hopping, but now I just give them a couple of extra days. They seem to take a while to hydrate completely, so I just give them some extra time.

I dry hop for 10-14 days at 68F. I have yet to notice any vegetal character in my dry-hopped beers. I can't say for sure that the warmer temperature makes the difference, but this has been working for me, so I'm sticking by it.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2012, 02:03:25 AM »
What hasn't seem to have been mentioned is that there are less vegetative matter in pallets as opposed to whole so you should get less vegetative flavors with pellets. Also, whole hops soak up a lot more beer so you will lose more with whole hops. I have never had a problem with pellets dropping out. I use conicals now almost exclusively and I dump my hops in and don't have any issues with carry over. OTOH I do BBT every beer.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2012, 09:23:11 AM »
I use whichever smell better when I'm ready to dry hop.  1-3 oz. for a week or so, then usually another 1-3 oz. in the keg.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2012, 10:28:45 AM »
I use whichever smell better when I'm ready to dry hop.  1-3 oz. for a week or so, then usually another 1-3 oz. in the keg.



Denny, does the sure screen work well with pellet hops in the keg??

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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2012, 10:35:37 AM »
I use whichever smell better when I'm ready to dry hop.  1-3 oz. for a week or so, then usually another 1-3 oz. in the keg.
Denny, does the sure screen work well with pellet hops in the keg??

So far, so good!  Although I usually bag them.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2012, 12:36:28 PM »
I use conicals now almost exclusively and I dump my hops in and don't have any issues with carry over. OTOH I do BBT every beer.

without a bag?  thought that was asking for trouble...
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2012, 12:44:49 PM »
Never use a bag. Haven't in years.

OTOH I have 2" ports.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2012, 12:45:34 PM »
Never use a bag. Haven't in years.

blichmann conical, or are you talking on your pro system?
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2012, 12:47:58 PM »
Yeah, 2" ports. I forgot about that part. Still, I dry hop in carboys/buckets without a bag. But with a .5" port on a conical that could cause some problems.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2012, 12:49:23 PM »
Yeah, 2" ports. I forgot about that part. Still, I dry hop in carboys/buckets without a bag. But with a .5" port on a conical that could cause some problems.

you should be more cognizant of that distinction my good man  :P
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2012, 01:23:48 PM »
Yeah, 2" ports. I forgot about that part. Still, I dry hop in carboys/buckets without a bag. But with a .5" port on a conical that could cause some problems.

+1 - The only time I use a bag is with keg hops.
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Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2012, 01:33:30 PM »
Yeah, 2" ports. I forgot about that part. Still, I dry hop in carboys/buckets without a bag. But with a .5" port on a conical that could cause some problems.

you should be more cognizant of that distinction my good man  :P

At least I have dudes like you to keep me in check!  ;) Nice catch.
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