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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2011, 01:09:17 AM »
Maybe 0.25 oz pellet per bag. I'd like to use whole hops though.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2011, 07:06:28 AM »
Tubercle prefers to dry hop in a bag in the keg while the carbonation process is going on.

  Has anybody got a source for lukewarm water? The grocery store has distilled and spring water by the gallon but my bread recipe calls for lukewarm. 
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2011, 07:41:25 AM »
Tubercle prefers to dry hop in a bag in the keg while the carbonation process is going on.

  Has anybody got a source for lukewarm water? The grocery store has distilled and spring water by the gallon but my bread recipe calls for lukewarm. 

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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2011, 07:56:12 AM »
No worries Oscar...they'll become saturated and the hop goodness will start to dissolve into the beer in due time. I would give them a couple of weeks and then keg or bottle. I like to use muslin bags for my dry hopping as it's less of a mess and easier to work with.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2011, 08:29:33 AM »
Thumbs down to whole hop dry hopping in a muslin bag in a carboy. Anyone who has done this knows what I'm talking about. Throw 'em in loose, RDWHAHB.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2011, 11:34:12 AM »
I think I know what you mean by thumbs down...

I dry hopped using a bag and I ended up having to cram the bag in the 5 gal carboy with my fingers.  Anyone have a more sanitary idea for getting a bag in the carboy?  Also, I made the genious move of buying stainless steel washers that were too big to fit in the carboy (I was rushed), so will the bag ever sink?
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2011, 11:41:14 AM »
Thumbs down to whole hop dry hopping in a muslin bag in a carboy. Anyone who has done this knows what I'm talking about. Throw 'em in loose, RDWHAHB.

That's my SOP.  What's the problem?

brewandski, I never weight the bags.  They never totally sink, but they drop enough so the hops get full contact.  Not a problem.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2011, 11:58:45 AM »
I think I know what you mean by thumbs down...

I dry hopped using a bag and I ended up having to cram the bag in the 5 gal carboy with my fingers.  Anyone have a more sanitary idea for getting a bag in the carboy?  Also, I made the genious move of buying stainless steel washers that were too big to fit in the carboy (I was rushed), so will the bag ever sink?

I've done it both ways with whole hops. I've found that using the longer muslin bags with whole hops works well. Once the bag is filled, I make it into a long tube sock of hops and load it into the carboy from that point. I use latex gloves sprayed down with starsan prior to loading the bag and the carboy. I've also added the whole hops loose but I prefer using the bag as it's easier to add and remove from the carboy.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2011, 10:38:25 PM »
Thumbs down to whole hop dry hopping in a muslin bag in a carboy. Anyone who has done this knows what I'm talking about. Throw 'em in loose, RDWHAHB.

That's my SOP.  What's the problem?

brewandski, I never weight the bags.  They never totally sink, but they drop enough so the hops get full contact.  Not a problem.

I always had a heck of a time getting the bag with the swollen hops out.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2011, 12:07:51 PM »
Using a hop bag in the fermenter never quite sat right with me. The bag has to have some issues in that draw string or the folds....just didnt seem right. Also, as others have pointed out, getting the wet, swollen bag of hops out of the top of the carboy is painful. I somehow always think I can taste the "bag" in the beer later. On my last few batches, I've just thrown the hops into the fermenter and then cold crash the hell out of it for a couple days at the end to drop everything out. The beer has been turning out much better. Nice hops flavor and aroma, no bag taste! The cold crash clears it up really good. I get a few hop flakes in the first pint or two but then everything is clear from there. I wont be using bags anymore.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2011, 01:24:01 PM »
"Bag taste"?  Nobody has ever told me my dry hopped beers tasted "baggy"! 
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2011, 01:37:27 PM »
OMG... please tell me you guys aren't tea-bagging your beer!?   :D 

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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2011, 01:38:25 PM »
"Bag taste"?  Nobody has ever told me my dry hopped beers tasted "baggy"! 

 Tubercle usually boils the bags before use. You know a taste test of the water is going to happen next time ;D I now use paint strainer bags, hopefully the taste will be neutral so I can get some sleep between the black helicopters.
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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2011, 01:41:40 PM »
Tubercle... if somebody is tea-bagging your beer... those ain't black helicopters you're seeing!   :D

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Re: Dry hopping.....
« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2011, 02:24:32 PM »
"Bag taste"?  Nobody has ever told me my dry hopped beers tasted "baggy"! 

 Tubercle usually boils the bags before use. You know a taste test of the water is going to happen next time ;D I now use paint strainer bags, hopefully the taste will be neutral so I can get some sleep between the black helicopters.

I use disposable muslin bags.  I pout them in a bowl of water in the miocrowave for a couple minutes to sanitize them.  Why taste the water?  That's not going into your beer...I hope!  And any flavor on the water no longer remains in the bag, anyway.  Bottom line is that I've dry hopped both with and without a bag and found no difference in taste.
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