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IPL dry hop technique.
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:13:38 PM »
Curious how other brewers are dry hopping their IPL. In primary or while lagering or maybe during D-rest? Any other tips on the style would be appreciated too!

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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 05:51:16 PM »
In my experience, the later the better when it comes to dry-hopping a lager. Dry hop character fades quickly, so if you have an extended lagering period after you dry hop, that just starts the countdown sooner. Keg-hop if you can, or dry-hop just prior to bottling otherwise.
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 05:56:12 PM »
I agree with Eric. Dry hop at the end of fermentation then lager for 3 or 4 weeks and a lot of the dry hop character is gone. I do all my dry hopping in keg.
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 06:00:10 PM »
I agree with Eric. Dry hop at the end of fermentation then lager for 3 or 4 weeks and a lot of the dry hop character is gone. I do all my dry hopping in keg.

I would add that anything you can do to cut down on your lagering time for an IPL would be a great idea. You want it as fresh as possible. Spund, use gelatin, lager as cold as possible, etc. The sooner you're drinking an IPL, the better.
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 06:01:24 PM »
I do mine in the serving keg.
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 06:11:20 PM »
I agree with Eric. Dry hop at the end of fermentation then lager for 3 or 4 weeks and a lot of the dry hop character is gone. I do all my dry hopping in keg.

I would add that anything you can do to cut down on your lagering time for an IPL would be a great idea. You want it as fresh as possible. Spund, use gelatin, lager as cold as possible, etc. The sooner you're drinking an IPL, the better.


I agree. As soon as it (or any average strength lager IMO) is clear, it's ready to drink. Some brewers still hold to old school lagering schedules where the hop character could drop off a lot. I get lagers pretty clear and drinkable ar 3 weeks from brewday. A week or two later, crystal. But IPL is obviously about the hop character.

Edit- To be clear, I jump to a keg with bagged dry hops when it's clear.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2017, 06:13:17 PM by HoosierBrew »
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 06:46:54 PM »
Does anyone raise the temp before dry hopping? I've dry hopped in the serving keg before but found a grassy/vegetal flavor. I heard that can happen while dry hopping at colder temps or long exposure to the hops. Is this an issue with an IPL?

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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2017, 06:52:33 PM »
Does anyone raise the temp before dry hopping? I've dry hopped in the serving keg before but found a grassy/vegetal flavor. I heard that can happen while dry hopping at colder temps or long exposure to the hops. Is this an issue with an IPL?


I don't get any more grassy character in the keg than I did dry hopping in the fermenter, but people perceive hops differently, so I'm not doubting your experience. I don't warm up first. The main difference I see is the longer extraction time at cold temps.
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2017, 07:06:01 PM »
Thanks! That's good to know. Has anyone used lupuln2 powder? I just got my hands on some mosaic powder and was thinking this might be the perfect time to use it.

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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2017, 07:13:38 PM »
Does anyone raise the temp before dry hopping? I've dry hopped in the serving keg before but found a grassy/vegetal flavor. I heard that can happen while dry hopping at colder temps or long exposure to the hops. Is this an issue with an IPL?


I don't get any more grassy character in the keg than I did dry hopping in the fermenter, but people perceive hops differently, so I'm not doubting your experience. I don't warm up first. The main difference I see is the longer extraction time at cold temps.

Exactly.  I'm the same...no grassiness, no warming for dry hopping.
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2017, 07:25:35 PM »
Thanks! That's good to know. Has anyone used lupuln2 powder? I just got my hands on some mosaic powder and was thinking this might be the perfect time to use it.


Not yet. It's on the radar, though!
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Re: IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2017, 07:33:40 PM »
Thanks! That's good to know. Has anyone used lupuln2 powder? I just got my hands on some mosaic powder and was thinking this might be the perfect time to use it.


Not yet. It's on the radar, though!

Got some sitting in the fridge that I'll use in the next day or 2.  It will be widely available in a month or so.  BTW, they've started pelletizing it to make it easier to use.  The powder itself is a PITA.
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IPL dry hop technique.
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2017, 12:04:42 PM »
Thanks! That's good to know. Has anyone used lupuln2 powder? I just got my hands on some mosaic powder and was thinking this might be the perfect time to use it.
I,ve used it for dry hopping. Just use half of what you would use for pellets (by weight). In my experience you get more flavor compared to pellets.


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