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Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 26, 2010, 10:35:21 AM »
Hey everybody-

I brewed up a batch of Amber and want it to have a little more hop aroma. Its in the keg and ready to go. Can I throw some hops in the keg this late without contaminating the whole batch? If so, should I just throw the hops in or put them in a hop bag? I dont want to clog the dip tube but I also dont think I want that bag in there for the next couple weeks.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 10:53:13 AM »
I frequently dry hop in the keg.  I pout the hops in a sanitized bag and tie the bag to the diptube with monofilament.
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 11:02:40 AM »
Thanks, Denny. Sounds like a plan!
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 11:40:23 AM »
I frequently dry hop in the keg.  I pout the hops in a sanitized bag and tie the bag to the diptube with monofilament.

What kind of bag do you use?  I was thinking of just throwing a tea ball in there with an ounce or so of hops in it.
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 05:46:31 PM »
Like Denny, I use a hop bag (like cheesecloth almost), sanitize, put the hops in, tie it up and chuck it the keg.  I don't tie it to the dip tube.  Some folks have had issues with it clogging the tube.  I have only had that happen once, but it was easily remedied by taking my mash paddle and pulling it away from the tube. YMMV.
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 06:00:31 PM »
I frequently dry hop in the keg.  I pout the hops in a sanitized bag and tie the bag to the diptube with monofilament.

Ditto here.  I think that the keg is actually the best time to dry hop.  I've done the bag thing, but also for the past few years using a "SureScreen" applied to the business end of the liquid tube.

Either way, great results.
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 08:25:08 PM »
Would you guys take them out after a specific period of time or let em ride til the keg blows?
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2010, 12:03:59 AM »
You can either leave the in the whole time or take them out when it tastes the way you want it to, it's your call.  I like to remove them after 3-14 days, depending on the flavor I'm going for.  But lots of people leave them in for the whole time, and it's a worthwhile experiment for you to do to see when you think the flavor peaks and tails off, if it ever does.
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2010, 07:21:57 AM »
Dry hop In the keg is traditional for real cask ale.  I say go for it!
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2010, 11:05:18 AM »
I use leaf hops and I also toss a stainless steel ball bearing or two into the hop bag to keep it submerged. 

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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2010, 11:09:54 AM »
Typically it's whole hops in a sanitized muslin bag in the keg for at least a couple weeks but I've left them in for the duration.

I know some folks that like to use teflon tape tied to the bag and left hanging out through the lid for retrieval.
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Re: Late Dry Hopping
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010, 11:34:55 AM »
I wound up dropping an ounce of whole leaf Centennial in yesterday! Looking forward to the results! Thanks for the tips. Very much appreciated.
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