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Dry hopping


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Aug 17, 2022
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I have tried various methods of dry hopping. So far all are a great disappointment. I have loose hopped in secondary, bagged in secondary, hop ball in corney. No hop aroma like Lagunitas or Head Hunter. (My favorites -I want to smell that goodness) Luckily I save these and re-use as bittering in new brews. Will try one more thing. Hop Randal between keg and Perlick. Any thoughts? Been brewing now about 16 years. Cheers
Since I started to hop in the corny instead of dry hopping I found there is a lot more hop aroma and flavor. Very pleased with the results.
Have only hopped in the keg with American type hops i.e. Cascade, Centennial. Will be trying Citra soon.
personally, i have gotten much better results from loose hopping in the secondary than i have from bagging in the secondary. but i have not gotten quite the success i want either.

are you making sure most, if not all, active fermentation has stopped before you add the hops? are you making sure to allow 3+ days for flavor/aroma absorption?
i actually assume you do, given your experience, but hey, i still make rookie mistakes sometimes and i've been brewing for 10 years myself.

i have been to 1 brewery that was using a Randal, and it was excellent, but have not tried it at home.
Well this is my version of a hop randel. Very easy to build. I will use this on my next kegged brew. The first advantage I see is easy removal from the brew, one thing that's really hard using corneys. Secondly the use of other additives other than hops. Spruce tips come to mind.


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20231122_113704~2.jpgBrewed an IPA- not very good. Added rosemary in the Randell. Great save drawing a pint.