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post #1 of 5
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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 Melonicon1.png/Citrus Aroma.

11.25 lb Pale Ale Malt 
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine 
0.75 lb Caramunich Malt 
0.50 lb Honeyicon1.png 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.  






post #2 of 5

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.



post #3 of 5

X2 on what bdawg said! Happy brewing!beercheer.gif

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

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.



post #5 of 5

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

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