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Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:08:38 AM »
So i am racking my porter to a secondary fermenter tonight. I am putting 4gallons in one fermenter and a separate 1 gallon batch in another.  I am going to dry hop the 1 gallon batch in the name of science.  I plan on using Willamette and no more than an ounce.  The IBUs right now are 25.5 and the projected ABV is 6.3.

Has anyone done this and if so, any comments or thoughts are much appreciated.  If I lose the gallon I am not to unhappy as I will still have 4 gallons in the other container.

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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 10:22:35 AM »
sounds like an interesting experiment. The hops might clash a bit with any roastiness in the porter but who know?

I wouldn't bother with a secondary on the other 4 gallons though. But that's just me
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 02:12:46 PM »
Avery New World Porter is one of a few dryhopped porters that comes to mind - should be good, though 1oz/1gal is pretty aggressive.
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 02:14:19 PM »
I don't think Williamette hops will clash with the roastiness.  In my experience, I have found that citrusy hops clash with roasted malts and I don't get any citrus flavor from Williamette hops.  
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 02:19:32 PM »
Avery New World Porter is one of a few dryhopped porters that comes to mind - should be good, though 1oz/1gal is pretty aggressive.

I was thinking of going with 1/2 an ounce to give it some kick without it being too much.
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011, 02:35:41 PM »
Avery New World Porter is one of a few dryhopped porters that comes to mind - should be good, though 1oz/1gal is pretty aggressive.

I was thinking of going with 1/2 an ounce to give it some kick without it being too much.

  :) Kick it in the name of science. 

I have not dryhopped with Willamette, but I use a couple ounces real late in my porter. 
IMO, I think the "earthy" thing goes well with porter.   Let us know how it works out.  Science has to be shared.  ;)

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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011, 02:37:56 PM »
Avery New World Porter is one of a few dryhopped porters that comes to mind - should be good, though 1oz/1gal is pretty aggressive.

I was thinking of going with 1/2 an ounce to give it some kick without it being too much.

  :) Kick it in the name of science. 

I have not dryhopped with Willamette, but I use a couple ounces real late in my porter. 

IMO, I think the "earthy" thing goes well with porter.   Let us know how it works out.  Science has to be shared.  ;)

Oh I shall report back in December with the first taste, err I mean test...
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011, 12:58:55 AM »
Sounds like a great idea to me.

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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011, 07:09:43 AM »
I use Chinook and Columbus for aroma and dry hops in my brown ale and American Stout. Its a great break from the everyday stouts I'm used to at the store/brewpubs. I dry hop with 2oz per 5gal

For the stout - I'll also throw in some Cascade or Centennial (actually a tip gleaned from a GREAT brewpub in town). I don't think it clashes at all.

I say split off a few gallon batches and try different hops, then blend together.
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2011, 03:18:16 PM »
I held off for a week and I am clearing the beer tonight. Good taste and is more of a strong mild than a porter (minimal hop character). I will still be dry hopping a gallon or so.  The hop choice is wide open, or at least what I have on the shelf.  Maybe a nelson savin from New Zealand.
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2011, 08:18:32 AM »
I don't think Williamette hops will clash with the roastiness.  In my experience, I have found that citrusy hops clash with roasted malts and I don't get any citrus flavor from Williamette hops. 
Sierra Nevada Stout uses Chinook.  That's a pretty good stout.  I think dry hopping a porter is a fantastic idea.  It'd almost black IPA-ish in aroma; that is if you used something like Chinook.
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2011, 08:34:57 AM »
I don't think Williamette hops will clash with the roastiness.  In my experience, I have found that citrusy hops clash with roasted malts and I don't get any citrus flavor from Williamette hops. 
Sierra Nevada Stout uses Chinook.  That's a pretty good stout.  I think dry hopping a porter is a fantastic idea.  It'd almost black IPA-ish in aroma; that is if you used something like Chinook.

bersk, did you just say Black IPA!!!!
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2011, 08:56:20 AM »
I don't think Williamette hops will clash with the roastiness.  In my experience, I have found that citrusy hops clash with roasted malts and I don't get any citrus flavor from Williamette hops. 
Sierra Nevada Stout uses Chinook.  That's a pretty good stout.  I think dry hopping a porter is a fantastic idea.  It'd almost black IPA-ish in aroma; that is if you used something like Chinook.

bersk, did you just say Black IPA!!!!
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2011, 08:59:10 AM »
I don't think Williamette hops will clash with the roastiness.  In my experience, I have found that citrusy hops clash with roasted malts and I don't get any citrus flavor from Williamette hops. 
Sierra Nevada Stout uses Chinook.  That's a pretty good stout.  I think dry hopping a porter is a fantastic idea.  It'd almost black IPA-ish in aroma; that is if you used something like Chinook.

bersk, did you just say Black IPA!!!!
Damn it I did.  I gave up.  When one says Black IPA, you know exactly what it refers to.  Whereas American-style black ale sounds silly and forced and you know how I feel about CDA's...haha.

I am telling you it's Noonanian Black Ale (NBA). That would never cause any confusion right? "Hey I'm drinking a couple NBA's and watching the ball game. you wanna come over?"
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Re: Dry hopping a porter
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2011, 09:02:05 AM »
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