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Offline HopDen

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Dry Hop Time/Length
« on: May 07, 2023, 01:29:31 pm »
Ideally I always dry hop for 3 days then keg. Single addition, 3 days, keg.
Question is, Do I run the risk of off flavors (?) if I leave the dry hops in contact for longer then a week?

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Re: Dry Hop Time/Length
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2023, 03:37:03 pm »
Ideally I always dry hop for 3 days then keg. Single addition, 3 days, keg.
Question is, Do I run the risk of off flavors (?) if I leave the dry hops in contact for longer then a week?

Yes, you do. Recent research has shown that all the good stuff is extracted in 24-72 hours. After that the hops start reabsorbing the oils which leaves you mainly polyphenols. My experience bears that out.
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Offline Semper Sitientem

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Re: Dry Hop Time/Length
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2023, 07:09:54 pm »
I routinely dry hop my NEIPAs three days after fermentation starts and leave for 8 days. I do it mostly to reduce/eliminate my chances of oxidation, which i experienced when I tried to DH three days before bottling. My beers turn out good and I haven’t noticed any off flavors because maybe I’m in the cusp. The hops may start to reabsorb oils, but there must be plenty left by the time I bottle.
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Offline redrocker652002

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Re: Dry Hop Time/Length
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2023, 01:51:57 am »
I usually go between 3 to 5 days before kegging.  I think I have gone longer, but don't remember anything bad happening.  But that was probably because I didn't know any better.   LOL. 

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Re: Dry Hop Time/Length
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2023, 07:29:41 am »
I also go only three days with dry hops (after fermentation is complete), then keg.  Denny swears that dry hopping when the beer is cold is better, but I can't do that with my setup so I dry hop at around 65 degrees.  Could the aroma be better with dry hopping at a lower temperature, probably.  But my beers still smell good and taste good, so I subscribe to the mantra "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it" in my brewery.  If I ever decide to drop some bucks on a glycol system, then I will dry hop at a lower temperature, but right now that isn't in my game plan.
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