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Step 11: Dry Hopping

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Dry hopping is a simple process.  About an ounce of the hops were saved in my freezer.  When time came to dry hop, we simply removed the airlock and stuffed the hops into the carboy, then topped off the carboy with fresh water.  The airlock was returned to the carboy, and we let it sit for another 1-2 weeks.

A lot of people will take this opportunity to put their beer into secondary fermentation.  That simply involves racking the beer into a fresh carboy, helping to clarify the final product.  It's not strictly required, but if you worry about your homebrew being a bit chunky, that's one way to avoid it.

The purpose of dry hopping a beer is to add a very strong hoppy aroma to it.  These hops add little in the way of flavor and no bitterness, but having these fresh hops sit on top of the beer for another couple of weeks adds an incredibly strong smell of hops to the beer, creating the full Northwest IPA experience.

 
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Misac-kun10 months ago
About secondary fermentation, do i need to pitch a little extra yeast or i just need to pour some dissolved sugar? And i'm not sure about opening the carboy, I just want to make sure it will not be infected or anything and ruin my beer.
depotdevoid (author)  Misac-kun10 months ago
Generally you don't need to add any yeast or sugar during secondary, there's usually enough live yeast and sugars, and the primary purpose of secondary fermentation is clarification.

As long as your siphon and secondary carboy are sterile, there should be no chance of infection. Those are the only two serious points of contact, and the yeast should still be active, making the beer resistant (though not immune) to infection from another beastie.

Good luck with your beer, let me know how it turns out!
For Sure! I'm going to dry hop it tomorow, the bad thing is I don't have another carboy (this one is a 4,5L glass gallon of wine from a cristmas kit) so i think is just open, dump some Hops inside and then put the airlock back on. I will post some pictures as it goes.

Also, the hops is dry hops that I found in a natural products store, it's used for tea, so I don't know if it's going to work for the aroma. If not, i will just bottle it up and let it rest for another week of so.
depotdevoid (author)  Misac-kun10 months ago
You can always siphon it into a (sterile) bucket, clean the carboy, and then return it. If you don't, just be really careful not to upset all the sediment at the bottom of the carboy when you go to bottle it!

I don't think the hops you found will be a problem unless they've been chopped really fine. If so, wrap them in coffee filters or a hop sock to try and keep all that particulate matter out of the beer.