Dry Hopping Advice

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Jesse14, May 31, 2013.

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  1. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I have batch of pale ale nearing the end of primary fermentation in a carboy. I was going to dry hop in the primary but all I have is whole leaf hops. I'm picturing a disaster with trying to pull out the hops after 7-10 days in there. Anyone have any suggestions for doing my dry hop with whole leaf in a carboy. Should I transfer to a secondary in a 5.0 gal bucket and go that route? Or just bag them, put them in, then suspend them when it comes time to rack.
  2. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Initiate (0) May 29, 2011 Florida

    Would be less hassle to rack to secondary bucket and dry hop. I don't see why more people don't just ferment in buckets. You can top crop yeast, dry hop, etc.. without hassle.
  3. mattsander

    mattsander Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2010 Canada (AB)

    Why worry about removing the hops afterwards? I would add the hops in a mesh bag with a stainless steel bolt to weigh them down. Once dryhopping it done just rack the finished beer to a keg/bottling bucket and leave the hops behind in the primary.
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  4. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Grand Pooh-Bah (3,096) May 21, 2010 Texas

    This. Leaf hops aren't a whole lot different if you're using a bucket. Just bag them, weigh them, and hop it. Don't over-analyze.
  5. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    That's funny...don't over analyze.....can't be helped. Never thought to weight it down. Thanks for showing me the forest through the trees.
  6. koopa

    koopa Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey

    In my limited experience dry hopping with whole leaf hops, they tend to float so I toss them in primary without a bag. If you have an auto siphon, it is very easy to pull wort from just above the yeast cake (well below the floating leaf hops) and bottle/keg.
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  7. GeckoPunk

    GeckoPunk Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2012 Connecticut

    I have also done it this way, as well as weighing a hop bag in secondary. If doing it this way with the hops and yeast cake in primary, I will cover my auto-siphon with a sanitized nylon hop bag and transfer directly to priming/bottling bucket. Clean and clear beer every time... :slight_smile:
  8. solo103

    solo103 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2012 Florida

    Attach a nylon hop bag to the end of the syphon hose that's going into the bottling bucket and the bag will catch the hop particles. I do this with all my heavily dry hoped beers and it works great. Dont forget to sanatize the bag and band used to attach it. Cheers
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  9. Smokebox_79

    Smokebox_79 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I do that with every beer transfer. Regardless of whats in it. Less particles, less haze, better beers!
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  10. Hanglow

    Hanglow Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    You can get stainless steel rice balls that work well too, easy to sterilise too

  11. VikeMan

    VikeMan Pooh-Bah (2,901) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    How big are they? And will they fit through a corny keg lid opening?
  12. telejunkie

    telejunkie Savant (1,095) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    caveat with things like this...i used something similar, it was somewhat small so I kind of needed to stuff the hops in. What ended up happening was the exterior hop pellets expanded and actually created a seal. After 7-10 days or so, the exterior hops were moist and the interior hops were bone dry. So make sure you get something oversized. The one I used was actually a tube, not a ball.
  13. NiceFly

    NiceFly Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    We have a username Hanglow telling us about the sterility of his stainless steel balls:astonished: , with VikeMan asking if the will fit in his corny:astonished:?

    My word, this thread has taken a definite turn :grimacing: .

    Hey OP, just put the hops in a bag. When it comes time to bottle just tug that sack out of there and give it a gentle squeeze to release the, uh, juice. Good luck.
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  14. Hanglow

    Hanglow Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    Oh yeah I only dry hop in a bucket,

    The one I have is 18cm in diameter iirc , although I'm sure they go bigger

    So probably not ideal for large amounts of dryhopping.
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  15. telejunkie

    telejunkie Savant (1,095) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    is this thread produced by Jackie Treehorn?
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  16. EdH

    EdH Crusader (449) Jul 27, 2005 Utah

    I've only dry-hopped with whole leaf hops once, but: I found it much, much easier to get them out of the carboy than to get them in there in the first place. So (and sorry for the thread hijack), if anyone has any advice there... I still have 14 oz. of Centennial leaves :wink:
  17. telejunkie

    telejunkie Savant (1,095) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    i would use a large funnel and a plunger of sorts to push the leaf hops through the funnel into the carboy prior to racking. If you can, flush the carboy with CO2 prior to racking the beer onto the hops.
  18. HopNuggets

    HopNuggets Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2009 Connecticut

    I go with the "ef-it" approach. Dump hops directly into the fermenter and worry about it a few days later. You can use a paint strainer bag to wrap your siphon with and siphon that way to keep big particles out of the keg or bottle.
  19. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I went with this approach. This only problem is that there is a layer of hops on top that is not getting any contact with the wort. I put 4 oz. in but feel like maybe only 2-3 oz are being utilized. May still come out fine but not very efficient.
  20. sjverla

    sjverla Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    That's all well and good. Until my strainer bag got stuck in the carboy and I muscled it out. Hop particulate everywhere...
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  21. telejunkie

    telejunkie Savant (1,095) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    did you add the hops before or after racking the beer? Sounds like you added after racking the beer to the carboy. If so, try adding hops prior to racking. And if you can flush the carboy with CO2, you shouldn't be concerned much with some splashing to make sure the hops get doused.
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