dry hopping question

Discussion in 'Beer & Ale' started by diesel, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    I brewed a batch of beer on Friday night and the recipe calls for dry hopping in the secondary.  I have 2 oz of hop pellets (hopunion).  Do I just dump them in the carboy and then transfer the beer?  Do I wrap them in some cheese cloth?  

    If I just dump them in I figured it would be messy when it came time to bottle or keg.

    thanks in advance.  


    Recipe for Citra IPA

    Recipe Type:  All Grain
    Yeast:  Safale US-05
    Batch Size (Gallons):  5
    Original Gravity:  1.060
    Final Gravity:  1.012
    IBU:  57.2
    Boiling Time (Minutes):  60
    Color:  10.4 SRM
    Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):  9 @ 68F
    Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):  14 @ 65F
    Tasting Notes:  Slight Bitterness with loads of Melon[​IMG]/Citrus Aroma.

    11.25 lb Pale Ale Malt 
    1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine 
    0.75 lb Caramunich Malt 
    0.50 lb Honey[​IMG]  Malt

    0.75 oz Citra [14.00 %] 60
    1.00 oz Citra [14.00 %] 10
    1.00 oz Citra [14.00 %] 5
    1.00 oz Citra [14.00 %] 1
    2.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] Dry  I replaced this with Citra hops.  
    1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet 10

    1 Pkgs Safale American Ale (DCL Yeast #US-05) 

    Single Infusion Mash: 154 for 60min

    Added 2oz of whole leaf Simcoe into secondary for 14 days, then Kegged.  (Again, I replaced the Simcoe with Citra.

    I also used the continuous Sparge method.  The OG was spot on and everything smelled and tasted great. I will know in a few weeks how it turned out.  It was cold and rainy out side last Friday night so I had to change my setup a little but everything worked out.  It seems to save alot of time if you can start heating your water while sparging.  

  2. bdawg

    bdawg Smoke Blower

    I normally throw them right into the secondary loose.  The pellets will dissolve and over time they will settle to the bottom.

    They don't pose a problem especially if you are careful about not stirring things up when you siphon out to your bottling bucket/keg.

  3. X2 on what bdawg said! Happy brewing![​IMG]
  4. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys.. I will just drop them in.  I am excited about this recipe.  I had a Laughing Dog Citra IPA last fall and it was awesome.  I hope to replicate that flavor.

  5. With that much citra hops I am sure this is going to be good.

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