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Just got done bottling my 5th batch an Old Ale. Learned another lesson....When you dry hop leave enough room in the hop sack for the pellets to expand. :unsure:

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jnwoodall wrote:

Just got done bottling my 5th batch an Old Ale. Learned another lesson....When you dry hop leave enough room in the hop sack for the pellets to expand. :unsure:

Word.

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jnwoodall wrote:

Just got done bottling my 5th batch an Old Ale. Learned another lesson....When you dry hop leave enough room in the hop sack for the pellets to expand. :unsure:[/quot


Yes that's what I do.

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dalton wrote:

Not a big fan...

Oh wait you said dry hopping...not dry humping sorry..... carry on

You mean you dont dry hump your keg.....your weird. :woohoo:

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OK so I will need to pull the lid off of my bucket to dry hop my Red Ale? I was just going to pour my hops in the hole for my air lock :)

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jnwoodall wrote:

Just got done bottling my 5th batch an Old Ale. Learned another lesson....When you dry hop leave enough room in the hop sack for the pellets to expand. :unsure:

Don't waste the sanitizer. Just drop those pellets in the fermenter.

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mxstar21 wrote:

jnwoodall wrote:

Just got done bottling my 5th batch an Old Ale. Learned another lesson....When you dry hop leave enough room in the hop sack for the pellets to expand. :unsure:

Don't waste the sanitizer. Just drop those pellets in the fermenter.

I think thats what Im going to do next time...Will cold crash settle hop particles?

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Now I am confused. Is it necessary to use a hop sack when dry hopping or does it work commando?

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Gymrat wrote:

Now I am confused. Is it necessary to use a hop sack when dry hopping or does it work commando?

No, you don't have to use a hop sack when dry hopping. Just drop them in.

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Gymrat wrote:

Now I am confused. Is it necessary to use a hop sack when dry hopping or does it work commando?

I echo mxstar21.
Plop 'em in. They can clog your spigot, but there's things you can do to reduce the chances...prop up the spigot end of your keg (3/4" or so), cold crash your keg before bottling, transfer to a bottling bucket or spare keg, etc.

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I rack to my bottling bucket with an auto-siphon which helps limit the trub and hop particles that make it into the bottle. I just keep the bottom of the auto-siphon above the trub line and when the beer starts to get low I tilt the keg to get as much of the beer out as I can, while minimizing the amount of trub.

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Better Brewing radio suggested that the hop sack can impede the hop integration with the wort, and that commando is a better method.

I've never even done a hop boil, so I'm not speaking from experience - just passing on what I heard...

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In stead of going "comando" try using a tea ball. you can pick them up on the cheap at Wal-Mart or Target. Just sanitize the ball first and your set!

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In stead of going "comando" try using a tea ball. you can pick them up on the cheap at Wal-Mart or Target. Just sanitize the ball first and your set!

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Scotty CarWash wrote:

In stead of going "comando" try using a tea ball. you can pick them up on the cheap at Wal-Mart or Target. Just sanitize the ball first and your set!

Per my LHBS they SUCK!

You need to plan for expanding of pellets and the little surface area of the ball you are wasting good hops using one.

They even sell them, but warn buyers of the issues so not to have people come back and complain about them (which they do and why they always tell people)

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I have a 2inch one because I thought they would be a grand idea but I only use it when using 0.15oz or less. I used 0.25oz once and the hops swell so much that it just made a thick ball of hops and no wort can move through the hops so your utilization will not be as affective thus you need more hops to make up the difference. I went commando on one batch, all the hops just settled out in the fermenter. But when I plan to reuse the trub for a second batch, I like to keep the hops out.

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I've done both. any yeah they will expand into a hard ball if not enough room left. My Thrid Eye P.A. that I am doing right now (first 5 gallon batch) i just added in the hops 6 days after fermentation started and just plopped them in commando. No need to spend 50 cents on a muslim sack.

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I did my first dry hop infusion commando... It went pretty well and had no trouble with the spigot... Maybe I got lucky...

Now I generally use a hop sack, and my rule of thumb is 1/3 the space for hops and at least 2/3 the space for expansion... Seems to work pretty well.

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I intend to use a hop sack next time I dry hop. I didn't get the aroma I was shooting for last time and have read that the hops tend to sink into the trub which inhibits the release of their aroma into the beer.

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