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Dry hopping in a carboy
« on: March 28, 2011, 07:48:20 AM »
Do most of you use pellet hops for dry-hopping or whole hops? 

Personally, I prefer whole hops for dry-hopping, but it can sometimes be a pain to get whole hops into a carboy fermenger via the small neck.  I usually get around this by breaking up the whole hops and forcing them into the carboy through a funnell (pushing them through w/ a sanitized stick or bottling cane). 

Does anyone else have any better ideas/ways to dry-hop a beer when using carboys as fermenters? 
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 07:57:26 AM »
if using a carboy, I don't want the hassle, so I use pellets.
in a bucket, I'll use what I have.  no problem.

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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 08:20:21 AM »
if using a carboy, I don't want the hassle, so I use pellets.
in a bucket, I'll use what I have.  no problem.
Do you have a problem filtering out the small particles from the pellets when you rack off the 2nd fermenter? 

I guess I use whole hops also because they don't break up into such small particles and can be easily removed by racking off of them. 
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 08:23:01 AM »
I much prefer whole hops for dry hopping in a carboy.
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 08:30:15 AM »
I much prefer whole hops for dry hopping in a carboy.
What method do you use to cram them through the neck? 
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 08:54:54 AM »
Handle side of big wooden brewing spoon (i.e., a stick)
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 09:17:01 AM »
Handle side of big wooden brewing spoon (i.e., a stick)

This. I use a big funnel(opening is close to the size of the carboy opening) to hold the hops and push 'em in.
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 09:18:41 AM »
Handle side of big wooden brewing spoon (i.e., a stick)

This. I use a big funnel(opening is close to the size of the carboy opening) to hold the hops and push 'em in.
OK, so pretty much what I do.  Thanks. 
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 10:48:41 AM »
Same here, funnel and stick.  A bonus is the stick smells really good afterward.

On a side note, I am pretty sure the most heavenly smell in all of brewing
is the air being expelled from the carboy when racking onto these dryhops. 

Wish I could bottle that! 

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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 10:51:22 AM »
Same here, funnel and stick.  A bonus is the stick smells really good afterward.

On a side note, I am pretty sure the most heavenly smell in all of brewing
is the air being expelled from the carboy when racking onto these dryhops. 

Wish I could bottle that! 
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Perhaps I just need to rub a few hops on my neck before going out for the evening....  lol
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 11:07:06 AM »
This may be the next best thing...

http://www.hopcandyinc.com/hopolates/
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2011, 03:55:13 PM »
I dry hop exclusively with pellets in the carboy.  Too much of a pain for me to cram them in, or more importantly, get them out again.  But that's me. ;)
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2011, 06:37:15 PM »
Yep, I'm a pellets only kind of guy too
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2011, 06:40:16 PM »
yeah just pellets...easy
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Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 07:47:10 PM »
Racking & dry hopping complete.

Video HERE for anyone interested.  :) 
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