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Dry hopping pellets?
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:44:47 PM »
Wondering if others experience a layer of pellet mush when dry hoping pellets?   I see this green gunk atop my carboy during primary.   The recipe required 7oz.  Should it be mixed in?   Thx

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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 07:49:53 PM »
I add most of my hops at 5 minutes to O minutes.  Stir hard to achieve whirlpool like swirl while cooling.  When it settles in the carboy, the Krausen always has some hops in it.  I do not stir.  Eventually, it falls to the bottom. Works out fine.  Bitterness and flavor great...  20 batches this way. No issues.

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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 08:20:18 PM »
he's talking about dryhopping, not late kettle hops.

yes - the green sludge that floats on top - very common.  Cold crashing can often drop it, or just rack from underneath and pay attention when you get to the end...

you can try agitating the carboy/bucket, but I wouldn't.   definitely wouldn't stir (oxidation concerns).
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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 09:15:06 PM »
You can also put the hop pellets in a hop bag along with enough glass beads to sink it to the bottom.

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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 09:58:43 PM »
You can also put the hop pellets in a hop bag along with enough glass beads to sink it to the bottom.

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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 09:59:59 PM »
Ok, for dry hopping, I put them in a stainless steel tea ball.  Falls to the bottom.  Pellet hops dissolve out of tea ball.  Float back to top just like late kettle hopping.  Sink later.  No problems.   I would only worry if your floating pellets are thick enough that some pellets not in contact with wort and never dissolve.   I would guess that over time, more and more dissolve until all in solution.

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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017, 05:57:56 PM »
If you keg, you might want to try keg-hopping.  I put pellets or whole hops in a nylon bag and hang it from dental floss about 1/3-1/2 way  down the height of the keg.  This way, the hops are out of the beer once that 1/3 or 1/2 of the keg has been served (that helps keep from getting vegetal or grassy notes from the hop matter).
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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 10:16:51 PM »
It will drop


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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2017, 11:53:13 AM »
I usually drop in the pellets and then gently rock the carboy.  As they break up some drops down and some floats.  I just try to take care when racking.  Had a batch recently that actually clogged my siphon and I lost a lot of liquid volume but all my other batches have been fine.  I'm interested in trying the muslin bag or teaball type ideas to maybe prevent that in the future.
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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 09:35:34 PM »
If you're using a carboy it will be hard to find a teaball that will fit.

I can get teaballs into my better bottles but the neck if a glass carboy is much narrower.

Even the generous opening of a corny keg is narrower than you might think.  Most tea infusers are too wide to fit.  I think I had to go with 2.5" tea infusers and I use several of them when I dry hop.
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Re: Dry hopping pellets?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 02:33:47 PM »
If you're using a carboy it will be hard to find a teaball that will fit.

I can get teaballs into my better bottles but the neck if a glass carboy is much narrower.

Even the generous opening of a corny keg is narrower than you might think.  Most tea infusers are too wide to fit.  I think I had to go with 2.5" tea infusers and I use several of them when I dry hop.

7 oz of of hops will fill a lot of balls.

No worries on the hops. If you want to add a filter to prevent the dry hops from entering your keg or bottling bucket, just zip tie a knee high leg stocking to the end of your hose. It will catch all hop matter that you siphon or run off.
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