Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

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Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby Brody » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:45 pm

I've been brewing nothing but Helles for the last couple months and decided to mix it up today with a LODO Pale Ale.

I've been debating about the best way to dry hop:

1) Dry hop in the fermentation keg. The challenge here would be balancing a few variables.
a) Needing to wait until Primary Fermentation is subsiding (to not blow away the aroma)
b) Needing enough contact time on the hops (~3days)
c) Wanting to leave enough extract to spund

Honestly, I'm not sure if this is possible with an ale fermentation since they move so quick. Maybe add the hops right after high krausen/top crop and transfer a couple days later? Or adding a little wort to the spunding keg may work.

2) Dry hop in the spunding keg. After enough contact time and FG is reached transfer off into a serving keg. The risks here of course are introducing O2 during the transfer. I would purge a keg with Nitro and use a jumper after blowing off a pint of whatevers settled.

3) Dry hop in the spunding keg and just leave the hops. This seemed to work well for me last time but I would periodically get some resiny pulls as the dry hops broke down and some sediment left my canister.

Anyone played around with this?
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Re: Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby Bryan R » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:57 pm

If it were me, I would be adding my dry hops into the spund keg, using floss and a bag. I would then remove the bag in the spund keg after after a few days. This should accomplish everything you need to do, and still have some yeast around for clean up( hopefully). I have switched to hop extract and dose inline from fermenter to spund.
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Re: Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby rcj1972 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:03 pm

Bryan -

Are you saying you dry hop with extract? If so, how well does this work for you?
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Re: Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby Bryan R » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:16 pm

I do, but it's not available to homebrewers. Works fantastic.
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Re: Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby rcj1972 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:38 pm

So, this is some other type of hop extract than the generally available CO2 extract?
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Re: Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby Bryan R » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:06 pm

Yes, correct.
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Re: Dry Hopping Best Practices for LODO Pale Ale

Postby rcj1972 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:05 pm

Ok - could you share more info? I'm resourceful, so if I know what to look for I may be able to find it. Thanks in advance

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