To Squeeze Or Not To Squeeze (Dry-hop bag)

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To Squeeze Or Not To Squeeze (Dry-hop bag)

Postby mrocco » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:13 pm

Is there any downside to squeezing the bag when dry-hopping. Since the bag gets so large inside the secondary, I would probably need to stick something through the opening and press the bag against the side or something. Just seems like a lot of wasted beer and aroma inside there if I don't.
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Postby londonaftermi26 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:26 pm

i would probably say dont squeeze the bag, this may give you more bitterness then aroma, unless that is your goal, i used liberty hops in my secondary for a ESB and only used about 1/2 of a ounce, and with sampling and racking i still came up with little under 6 gallons, but then again you can always try, somtimes i find, things work out when you least expect them too
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Postby brewer13210 » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:40 am

Squeezing the bag won't introduce any more bitterness. That can only come from boiling and isomerizing the hop oils (which is why boiling the hops longer adds more bitterness to the beer).

By not squeezing the bag, you're just loosing beer that could be consumed ;-)

Normally, I dry hop with whole hops and don't bother with a bag.

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Postby mrocco » Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:24 am

The bag is already in there (for 5 days). Thanks for the replies. I think I'll squeeze, if I can inside the carboy.
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