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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2011, 06:51:33 PM »
When I dry hop, I'm thinking about putting a stainless steel sanitized bolt in the bag with the hops so it doesn't just float on top, and I'd tie a string to it so it sat somewhere in the middle of the liquid suspended. The stainless steel bolt should not cause any off flavors right?

The stainless shouldn't cause any off flavors.  Lots of folks talk about using glass marbles too - no off flavors there either.
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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2011, 08:53:05 PM »
When I dry hop, I'm thinking about putting a stainless steel sanitized bolt in the bag with the hops so it doesn't just float on top, and I'd tie a string to it so it sat somewhere in the middle of the liquid suspended. The stainless steel bolt should not cause any off flavors right?
I often dry hop with SS in the hop bag - all in a SS corny keg!
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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2011, 01:08:29 PM »
I used some bolts in my last IPA to weigh down the hop bag,  It worked well but I needed a little more weight to keep it submerged.  I like the marble idea...


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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2011, 02:36:58 PM »
I've said it before, I'll say it again.  I don't weight hop bags and dry hopping doesn't seem to suffer for it.  I think you guys are doing too much work!  :)
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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2011, 03:01:12 PM »
I've said it before, I'll say it again.  I don't weight hop bags and dry hopping doesn't seem to suffer for it.  I think you guys are doing too much work!  :)

Me too, Denny. :D

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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2011, 02:09:41 PM »
Denny, do you use whole hops or pellets for dry hopping? 

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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2011, 02:20:51 PM »
Denny, do you use whole hops or pellets for dry hopping? 

Usually whole, because most of the dry hopping I do is Am. styles and I tend to use whole hops for those.  But it's not a hard and fast rule...it just depends on which form the hops I want to use are in and which is in the best shape.
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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2011, 02:59:18 PM »
I dry hop, frequently.
I never use a bag.
I will typically either dry hop in primary, after most fermentation has ended...Or the in a secondary, when I rack.
Normally, the hops will fall to the bottom, so I don't need the bag to keep them from going into the keg.
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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2011, 04:49:36 PM »
Normally, the hops will fall to the bottom, so I don't need the bag to keep them from going into the keg.

Do you use pellets?  I've never had whole hops fall to the bottom.  They just float.  Pellets on the other hand sink to the bottom.

Usually whole, because most of the dry hopping I do is Am. styles and I tend to use whole hops for those.  But it's not a hard and fast rule...it just depends on which form the hops I want to use are in and which is in the best shape.

In your experience do you see a difference in aroma between pellets and whole hops?   

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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2011, 09:33:57 AM »
Yes, I normally use pellets.
Sorry...I should have clarified that.

For whole hops, you can use a stainless steel scrubby (or fine mesh), at the bottom of your racking cane.
They won't end up in your keg/bottles.
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Re: Dry hopping...
« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2011, 10:49:28 AM »
Usually whole, because most of the dry hopping I do is Am. styles and I tend to use whole hops for those.  But it's not a hard and fast rule...it just depends on which form the hops I want to use are in and which is in the best shape.

In your experience do you see a difference in aroma between pellets and whole hops?   


The only difference comes from the quality of the hops, not the form they're in.  Good pellets are better than not so good whole, and vice versa.
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