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Dry Hopping in the Keg w/ Pellets in a Bag

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by barfdiggs, Mar 17, 2013.

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  1. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2011 California

    Hi All,

    Despite doing lots of keg dry hopping, I've never tried dry hopping in the keg with pellets (These would be bagged or double bagged). I'm wondering if anyone has done this and if it was successful. By successful I mean, the beer picked up lots of hop aroma and flavor, but did not turn into a hazy, hop particulate heavy mess that required extra fininigs or time to clear. Cheers.
  2. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    I keg hop pretty frequently with pellets in a bag. Hazy, yes, but no more so than any thoroughly dry hopped beer that I do. Particulates, nope, never a problem.
  3. tylermains

    tylermains Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2010 Kentucky

    I usually do this. I have heard of people using weights or dangling the bag from the lid gasket but I just toss it in there. Never had my dip tube clogged yet. Hops go in the bag (nylon), bag goes in the keg, priming sugar goes in the keg. After pulling off the yeast at the bottom, no particulate issues.
  4. TriageStat

    TriageStat Disciple (320) Sep 20, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Any particular reason you don't force carb?
  5. tylermains

    tylermains Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2010 Kentucky

    I don't have hard science behind my reasoning but I find that I prefer the taste of naturally carbonated beers. Spans all styles. I only force carb if I am rushing for whatever reason. I also like naturally carbonating IPAs because I find them to be too 'green' right away. I prefer them to sit for at least a week. Most people seem to force carb right? It certainly does seem to make sense if you buy kegging equipment. But to each their own.
  6. TriageStat

    TriageStat Disciple (320) Sep 20, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    The only reason I do it is so that I can apply the specific carb level for that style of beer. I've never carb'd naturally in the keg, sounds like something I might give a try.
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  7. OddNotion

    OddNotion Devotee (478) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey
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    I am going to start naturally carbing in the keg but its more for the fact that i can get the kegs carbonated while others are on tap and they can condition and be ready to go sooner. How much less sugar do you use to carb in a keg compared to bottles?
  8. tylermains

    tylermains Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2010 Kentucky

    No less sugar than in bottles. I use a volumes/temperature chart for kegs or bottles.
  9. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Aspirant (297) Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    technically, you should use a bit less sugar than you would for bottling. The reason is that you need to pressurize the keg to seal it. The beer will absorb most (ultimately all?) of this gas. This will be in addition to the gas that results from the priming sugar. So the beer will essentially be over carbed. Of course, you likely don't notice this due to the self-correcting nature of kegged beer.
  10. mugs1789

    mugs1789 Initiate (185) Dec 6, 2005 Maryland

    I use 1/2 cup corn sugar to carb in the keg. IIRC, 3/4 cup is the standard for bottling 5 gals.
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