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Dry hopping.....
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:50:23 AM »
OK, so I took a batch of my house APA, racked it to a secondary (needed the yeast cake lol) and dumped an ounce of whole Cascade right before I put the stopper on. Not trying to break the hop barrier, just seeing if I can add a little aroma to an otherwise pretty darn good beer, if I may say so myself.

Well, here's what's got me scratching my head..... It's floating, most of it dry. Not soaking in the beer........

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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 07:58:06 AM »
Did you not spray them with hydrator solution?  Sounds like you missed a crucial step in the process.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 08:39:31 AM »
Time heals all wounds.  Just wait, they'll slowly dissolve.  Or you can give the carboy a good swirling and that usually gets them to break up.

In the future, you can do like I do.  Dump the hops into the empty carboy and then rack on top of them.  Mixes things up great.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 08:51:54 AM »
I'm afraid they'll never dissolve.  Get hydrated and sink to the bottom, yes.  With apologies for my anal chemistry terminology thendency.

Oscar, you do know my "hydrator solution" was the brewing equivalent to a snipe hunt right?
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 09:38:59 AM »
I do now....... ;D

They are finally starting to soak. I know they will never dissolve, nor do I want them to. Just the essential oils please.

Now, next question. How long before the dry hop (whole buds) has done it's job?
« Last Edit: January 21, 2011, 09:42:21 AM by oscarvan »
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 10:58:21 AM »
Oscar, you do know my "hydrator solution" was the brewing equivalent to a snipe hunt right?

We used to tell the greenies at Scout camp to go down to the trading post and get some rehydrated water.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 11:26:30 AM »
Oscar, you do know my "hydrator solution" was the brewing equivalent to a snipe hunt right?

We used to tell the greenies at Scout camp to go down to the trading post and get some rehydrated water.

Heck, ours still do.  Send the newbs down for a "left handed smoke shifter" or a "bacon stretcher".
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 11:45:35 AM »
I do now....... ;D

They are finally starting to soak. I know they will never dissolve, nor do I want them to. Just the essential oils please.

Now, next question. How long before the dry hop (whole buds) has done it's job?

I've read that two to three weeks is a good amount.  A lot of folks also put the hop sock in their serving keg and leave it there for the duration.

Man, I can't wait to ask the kids to get the bacon stretcher out of the utensil drawer in the morning!
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 12:00:31 PM »
How long to leave beer on dry hops is debatable to say the least. I used to do 10-14 days, but I think the beers would end up with a vegetal character after awhile in the bottle. I do 7 days now. Some insist on less than that.

No go to the dry store room and find the ice mix...
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 12:02:04 PM »
I meant now go to the dry store room and find the ice mix. That was our treatment for the new guy in the kitchen.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 01:21:41 PM »
It's floating, most of it dry. Not soaking in the beer........

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You can swirl a bit to wet things down.  Or next time rack on top of them.






Or, you can brew 5.5 gallons and fit it into a 5 gallon secondary...right to the top, which drowns the raft entirely.

Its purty. ;)











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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 01:31:50 PM »
Is purty......They getting wet now. Patience, I need patience.....NOW!
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2011, 12:20:01 AM »
Comments?  Next time use pellets. :)
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2011, 12:38:49 AM »
I bought a dozen 100% cotton bouquet garni bags. They measure 3" by 4" is that too small?
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 12:58:32 AM »
How much are you using?   It will probably be fine if you don't cram it too full.
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