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Offline jimmykx250

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Dry hopping
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:46:16 PM »
I use pellets to dry hop. I don't put them in a bag just straight in. Wouldn't it be more readily absorbed if it were ground into a powder then mixed in? I think about it like spices and cooking. Seems like I always end up with a green mass floating on top with pellets anyway.


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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 10:52:12 PM »
Not really. Pellets dissolve fairly quickly. I definitely wouldn't grind them up and oxidize the hop character.
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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 11:01:15 PM »
Pellet hops are whole hops which have been ground and compressed into pellets.

Assuming that by "it" you mean hop oils.

Breaking them up further for dry hopping shouldn't be necessary.  If you have pellets that haven't broken up then gently rocking your fermenter should force them to fall into the beer saturating them and causing them to fall apart.

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2016, 12:29:51 AM »
If you actually were to calculate the surface area of pellets vs. the surface are of whole flowers, the flowers have more surface area by orders of magnitude.
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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 06:06:49 AM »
If you actually were to calculate the surface area of pellets vs. the surface are of whole flowers, the flowers have more surface area by orders of magnitude.
Until the pellets disintegrate, right?

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2016, 12:34:16 PM »
I find dropping the pellets directly into the fermentor to be a mess.  I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.  If you don't want them to float, put a few marbles into the sack.

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2016, 02:00:48 PM »
I find dropping the pellets directly into the fermentor to be a mess.  I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.  If you don't want them to float, put a few marbles into the sack.
Are those food-grade knee highs? :-)

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2016, 09:18:39 PM »
I find dropping the pellets directly into the fermentor to be a mess.  I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.  If you don't want them to float, put a few marbles into the sack.
Are those food-grade knee highs? :-)

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2016, 11:35:23 AM »
I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.
I do the same, but my source for them (Walmart) dried up. Where do you buy yours?

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2016, 12:07:59 PM »
I find dropping the pellets directly into the fermentor to be a mess.  I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.  If you don't want them to float, put a few marbles into the sack.
Are those food-grade knee highs? :-)

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2016, 10:33:38 PM »
I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.
I do the same, but my source for them (Walmart) dried up. Where do you buy yours?

thanks

Tom

Same here. I buy the 2 pack in the little cup at walgreens. Sanitize and add the dry hops usually with some SS washers as weight.

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2016, 10:37:27 PM »
I use 5 gallon paint strainer bags for dry hopping in keg. They're big and allow the pellets plenty of room to dissolve and circulate their oily goodness.
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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2016, 11:44:29 PM »
I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.
I do the same, but my source for them (Walmart) dried up. Where do you buy yours?

thanks

Tom

Same here. I buy the 2 pack in the little cup at walgreens. Sanitize and add the dry hops usually with some SS washers as weight.

I use these as well... Just in a different manner. I like dumping the hops right into the carboy so that they get full circulation throughout the beer. When I'm ready to keg, I ziptie one of these beasts to the end of the hose and filter out the hops going into the keg (or into the bottling bucket).

Generally I just dry hop in the keg nowadays and save a step.
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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2016, 12:15:48 PM »
Minor digression.. my pet peeve is the phrase "dry hopping" as I don't see what's "dry" about it. Late hopping or cold hopping would surely make more sense.

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Re: Dry hopping
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2016, 06:08:08 PM »
Seems like I always end up with a green mass floating on top with pellets anyway.

These things are awesome:

http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/Dry-Hopper-with-twist-cap-currently-out-of-stock_p_155.html
It's too close to home
And it's too near the bone