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  1. west1m

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    Ok dumb question of the day. I just started a recipe from here Kona Big Wave Clone.
    It is in the tun. I just noticed the hop schedule calls for Dry Hopping and I have never done this before.
    The schedule says "5 Days" Does that mean put it in on day 5 or leave it in for 5 days?
     
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    OK "5 days" must be the leave it in there for 5 days...
     
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    5 days would be contact time with the beer. I typically add dry hops to fermenter about 7 days into fermentation.
     
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    That would mean you leave them in the fermenter for 5 days.
     
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    I have a leftover grain bag from the extra grain in an extract kit . I should be able to put the hops in that and let it float for the five days?
     
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    Starting to look like beer Kona Big Wave.jpg
     
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    That'll work. If you're fermenting in a carboy be sure to put them in 5 days before you're ready to package the beer. Bags of hops aren't easy to get out through a narrow opening.
     
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    #8 west1m, Sep 25, 2019
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    Ok now I have to ask , with you comment and Kraigerrr's comment, when should the dry hops be added?
     
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    I would say anytime from as soon as the rigor has gone from the fermentation to 5 days before you bottle or keg.
     
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    glad I asked today , I would have put the hops in today. Thank you everyone!
     
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    That would depend. If you were making a NEIPA, you'd add them any time between when you pitch the yeast and high Krausen.
    For more conventional styles most brewers wait at least until fermentation is almost complete. I wait until the Krausen drops.
     
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    I have put hops in a bag in the past, but now I just add the hops in loose. Five, four, six days, not a big deal to me.
     
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    I use one of the wire mesh hop balls to hold the pellets. Of course this will not fit through a carboy opening. I usually wait until the beer is one of two points from expected final gravity and add. Usually 5 to 7 days as noted above. Like a lot of things, there is the law of diminishing returns. The hop oils join the beer pretty quickly at first and after a few days, this has pretty much stopped. I have had no adverse effect for leaving the hops in longer than five days if I'm not quite ready to bottle or keg.
     
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    OK, a week later , the really big foam has subsided and gravity has dropped from 1.052 to 1.018 (@ 64° ) and still bubbling good..
    I just put the extra hops in a grain bag with a couple marbles (bag , string and marbles boiled first) and dropped it in the fermenter.
    I will see how this goes in about 5 days.

    On another note, since I started this brewing thing last winter I have made about 11 five gallon batches. I just tapped a new keg of Czech Pilsner and my first impression is the same as most of the others, first taste , kind of bitter or tart. Quite drinkable but still a bit bitter. Can I use les hops at the 60 minute boil point or maybe toss the first hops in at 30 minutes instead of 60?
     
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    Id just lower that 60 minute contribution. Also wait another week or two to see if that bitterness mellows before making your changes.
     
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    I think in a week or two it will all be gone and I will have to try again....
     
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    I agree with Ben. Just reduce the 60 minute addition.
     
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    Just got back from a vacation trip a coupla days ago, chilled the brew to ~35° fro 2 days and kegged the Kona Big Wave this morning.
    I'll see how this went in a few days. The vacation gave it a few days in the secondary fermenter, looks like BEER!
     
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    My first "Dry Hop" batch got tapped last night. Grill master 242's Kona Big Wave Clone. Worked out quite well, a bit more hop flavor than I expected, turned out to be real good beer...
     
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    Great news! Congrats!
     

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