What is dry hopping?
How yeast affects dry hopping
Should you choose pellet hops or whole hops?
How you dry hop depends on the type of hops you use (pellets or whole) and where you dry hop (kegs or fermenters).
There are some major differences between using pellet hops and using whole hops. The particles float on the surface but sink to the bottom. The entire hops float almost all the way to the surface.
Hop oil is contained in the lupine protein glands of the hops. These are broken down in the pellet but intact throughout the hop. All hop oil goes into the beer almost immediately with the pellets, if whole hops are used it may take a week or two for a significant amount of oil to be released.
When is dry hopping done?
Benefits of dry hopping
- Different hop varieties can be utilized to bring complex flavor profiles to your beer. When you use the right hops, you can get tropical, fruity, or wine-like flavors from your beer.
- By using hops , you can increase the intensity of your flavor. Dry hopping is the only way to get the flavor of strong beers like pale ales and IPAs.