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Offline HopDen

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Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« on: November 18, 2022, 03:08:36 pm »
WCIPA is fermenting away. I usually dry hop 3 or 4 days after fermentation has stopped but I am thinking about cold crashing first to remove most of the latent yeast, let it warm back up to ambient basement temps (60*) and then dry hop.

Question is, does it make any difference at what temp when dry hopping? Could I dry hop @ 35* after cold crash is complete and I have drawn off my yeast slurry or is it best to dry hop at warmer temps? Is the hop extraction more or less at varying temperatures?

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2022, 03:11:27 pm »
Cold crashing and adding the dry hops when cold works fine. It avoids the possibility of hop creep, since the yeast are out of action. I don't think it affects extraction much, if at all.
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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2022, 03:39:06 pm »
My SOP is to crash to 35F, then dry hop for 48-72 hours at that temp. Works better than anyth8ng else I've ever tried.
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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2022, 01:52:26 pm »
A recent podcast on the MBAA suggested that the brewers at Sierra Nevada had success dry hopping at fermenter temperature prior to cold crashing the beer. They had more "onion/garlic" and "catty" when dry hopping at cold temps. But, of course, you should try it and see for yourself.

I dry hop at fermentation temps then cold crash after 1-2 days (usually).
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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2022, 02:29:50 pm »
A recent podcast on the MBAA suggested that the brewers at Sierra Nevada had success dry hopping at fermenter temperature prior to cold crashing the beer. They had more "onion/garlic" and "catty" when dry hopping at cold temps. But, of course, you should try it and see for yourself.

I dry hop at fermentation temps then cold crash after 1-2 days (usually).

Ive been cold dry hopping for a while now, and I haven't experienced that.  Not doubting SN  by any means, but I haven't experienced it.
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Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2022, 07:08:30 am »
I dry hop with ~3 days left in fermentation while still active (55°F for Lagers, 65°F for Ales).

I realize it bucks the ‘dry hop cool’ research. But I have ulterior motives.

I want the yeast to consume, and the CO2 produced to push out, any O2 I introduce when I open the fermenter. That’s the theory anyway…



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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2022, 08:12:31 am »
My SOP is to crash to 35F, then dry hop for 48-72 hours at that temp. Works better than anyth8ng else I've ever tried.
I do the same thing cold dry hopping is all I do now. Love the flavors from this method.

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2022, 09:02:36 am »
I dry hop with ~3 days left in fermentation while still active (55°F for Lagers, 65°F for Ales).

I realize it bucks the ‘dry hop cool’ research. But I have ulterior motives.

I want the yeast to consume, and the CO2 produced to push out, any O2 I introduce when I open the fermenter. That’s the theory anyway…



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It's a trade off, huh? Either early for O2 or layer for flavor and aroma. At least that's the way I see it and what drives my own decision.
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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2022, 09:10:33 am »
I like to dry hop at ambient temperature, post fermentation for 2 days.

I’ll then transfer into the 2.5 gal. keg onto a small charge (.25oz) of dry hops that will remain in the keg for the duration.  I’ve used this method ever since I bought a top-draw for serving. Considering the keg is usually finished in 3-4 weeks, I’ve never noticed “grassy” or “vegetal” from this method.  I’ll acknowledge that the hops aroma is somewhat lessened by the time the beer is gone.

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2022, 09:43:39 am »
I like to dry hop at ambient temperature, post fermentation for 2 days.

I’ll then transfer into the 2.5 gal. keg onto a small charge (.25oz) of dry hops that will remain in the keg for the duration.  I’ve used this method ever since I bought a top-draw for serving. Considering the keg is usually finished in 3-4 weeks, I’ve never noticed “grassy” or “vegetal” from this method.  I’ll acknowledge that the hops aroma is somewhat lessened by the time the beer is gone.

I keg hopped for maybe 15 years and eventually became dissatisfied with the results. I went back to conventional room temp dry hopping and decided I preferred that. Then I discovered short cold and thats all I do now. If you haven't t ried it, it might be worth it to check it out on a batch.
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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2022, 11:59:47 am »
I like to dry hop at ambient temperature, post fermentation for 2 days.

I’ll then transfer into the 2.5 gal. keg onto a small charge (.25oz) of dry hops that will remain in the keg for the duration.  I’ve used this method ever since I bought a top-draw for serving. Considering the keg is usually finished in 3-4 weeks, I’ve never noticed “grassy” or “vegetal” from this method.  I’ll acknowledge that the hops aroma is somewhat lessened by the time the beer is gone.

I keg hopped for maybe 15 years and eventually became dissatisfied with the results. I went back to conventional room temp dry hopping and decided I preferred that. Then I discovered short cold and thats all I do now. If you haven't t ried it, it might be worth it to check it out on a batch.

Actually, before I started drawing beer from the top of the keg, that was the way I did it.  Had to get the hops out lest they plug the post. 
I’ve fussed with the amounts a bit, but leaving a small charge in the keg seems to be working well for me.  And it’s easier, so that fits nicely with how I like to brew.  :)

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2022, 09:01:25 am »
I dry hop with ~3 days left in fermentation while still active (55°F for Lagers, 65°F for Ales).

I realize it bucks the ‘dry hop cool’ research. But I have ulterior motives.

I want the yeast to consume, and the CO2 produced to push out, any O2 I introduce when I open the fermenter. That’s the theory anyway…



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I do that too.  I also use sous vide magnets  to suspend my hop bag and dry hop after cold crash but only with small batches so I know there is room in the fermenter.

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2022, 07:32:08 pm »
My preferred temperature is 58f

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2022, 09:45:24 am »
Cold crashing and adding the dry hops when cold works fine. It avoids the possibility of hop creep, since the yeast are out of action. I don't think it affects extraction much, if at all.
Unless you bottle the beer and the beer gets warm.

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Re: Optimum Temperature for Dry Hopping.
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2022, 10:03:21 am »
Cold crashing and adding the dry hops when cold works fine. It avoids the possibility of hop creep, since the yeast are out of action. I don't think it affects extraction much, if at all.
Unless you bottle the beer and the beer gets warm.

In the first place, hop creep seldom happens in the homebrew world. I have yet to see a documented, proven case. Also, once you bottle the conditions that can cause hop creep have been removed. I wouldn't worry about it.
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