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Does anyone out there have a better idea for dry hopping a IPA in a 5 gallon glass carboy?

Here is my current setup: I place the hops (usually pellets) into a muslin bag filled with marbles. The weight of the marbles is supposed to sink the hops to the bottom. The problem that I face is when I try to remove the bag/hops/marbles from the carboy, it is a pain in the @$$. I know I can buy that screen thing from WB&H, but I dont want to spend $35 if I don't have to. Any ideas?

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Just throw them in by themselves. They will sink. Then put a sanitized nylon hop bag around the racking cane when you siphon out for bottling or kegging. Then the hops will just wash out like the yeast.
I've only dry hopped one batch so far and I used the bag as well. Mine was in the bright tank (keg) so it was easier to remove but I didn't seem to get the aroma I wanted out of it. I think it was because the beer was cold (~40℉). Also, the beer showed signs of oxidation after a while and I think it was because the yeast wasn't active enough at the cold temp to scrub up the oxygen I introduced.

How about free-ballin' it? I've heard of brewers getting good results by just dropping the pellets into the carboy sans bag. They dry hop the beer just before fermentation is complete so the yeast can use up any O2 introduced and, apparently, the hops settle to the bottom and clear beer can be racked off when ready. This is what I plan to do the next time.
This is the batch I am currently dry hopping. http://www.aleiens.com/photo/holy-dry-hops-batman

It is a mixture of whole and pellet hops (and i know it is an insane amount). I threw the hops in a sanitized carboy and after a week in the primary fermentor, I transferred the beer over. That is what that photo is from. I dry hopped mine after a week, but it is really when my fermentation slowed. Maybe when the air lock bubble once every 5-8 seconds.

I recommend using pellets. They dissolve and don't soak up your precious beer. And dry hop at fermentation temperatures. This helps the hop oils dissolve into solution better.

The whole hops tend to float on top. My solution to this is kind of archaic. Since I use a Better Bottle instead of a glass carboy, a "Deer Park" cap from an office water fountain bottle (the blue ones) fits right on top. I pop off the air lock, pop on the cap, and gently turn the carboy upside down and left and right. I have been doing that once or twice a day for a week.

On Saturday, I will transfer it into a bright tank keg (putting a hop bag over my racking cane) and let it sit in a fridge for a week to have all the yeast and hop bits drop out. Then Transfer it into a serving keg, carbonate, and drink.
Hey guys,

I'm doing my first batch (ever!), and I am dry hopping pellets "free-ballin'" style.

At first I had a layer of green beauty on the surface, which has now dropped down. Now, there's a thick layer on the bottom of course. Will need a steady hand on my siphon when I move it over to the bottling bucket... :)


-e
Yeah. For your first batch, don't worry about the amount of beer you are going to get. Try not to disturb the yeast and hops on the bottom and leave a little more beer behind. This way you do not get any of that junk in your bottles.

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