Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

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Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:01 pm

Hiya gang

I have started on my 4th coopers kit, apa this time.

I want to add a new technique. Dry hopping

Which can you recommend would be good with this and amount?

Cascade? Saaz?

I am putting in 4 days after initial fermentation. And leaving FV for 14 days in total.

Following the 2 2 2 principle.

Look forward to any insight or advice you can give this rookie.
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Old Elver » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:20 pm

Why not try one of the Aussie hops? Galaxy or Summer? May be Pride of Ringwood? All available at BrewUK.
If you are looking for additional flavour rather than just aroma then you'll need to either add to the last 10-15 minutes of the boil or make a "Hop Tea" (but you probably know that already :) )
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby bloodsmith » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:39 pm

+1 to OE.

You may want to try http://byo.com/resources/hops. and look at flavurs and styles of beer for your hops, might help.

I dry hop 30g four days into fermentation and am yet to do a hop tea so I cannot tell you the difference or which is better.

I personally use 2 - 1 - 4, using the beer fridge because I can ferment primary and secondary at the same temp. I prefer a longer conditioning period once its bottled.

There is however nothing wrong with 2-2-2 as I have used this as well.
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:01 pm

Many thanks. Went for summer hops. Matches the flavours I'm aiming for and not too intense.

Should I crumble the hops before adding to muslin sack and FV?
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Old Elver » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:18 pm

I tend to just break the cones apart a bit whilst they are still in the foil pack just to loosen them up.
I don't bother with a bag but just put them straight in.
Sometimes you get an odd flake coming through into the bottle but it's not an issue and justs proves the authenticity of your brew!
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby grmski » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:16 pm

Also best practice to sterilise the muslin sock as well. I give mine a short boil before using it.
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby bloodsmith » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:32 pm

+1 to both OE and Grmski.

I just bug them in broken up a bit, racking using a young auto-syphon so it tends to sit above the trub and filters the Hops out, beers have come out clear.

If you use a muslin bag, sterlise some marbles which will make the bag sink, some people leave them on top to float some wieght the bag down, matter of preference really.
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:28 pm

Thanks chaps. That's really helpful. God bless the Internet.
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Old Elver » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:35 am

Jimcee wrote:Thanks chaps. That's really helpful. God bless the Internet.


...and All Hail To The Ale! :cheers:
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Gipsy » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:46 am

Old Elver wrote:
Jimcee wrote:Thanks chaps. That's really helpful. God bless the Internet.


...and All Hail To The Ale! :cheers:



+1 :cheers:

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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:23 pm

OE - I have added 30g to the FV.

Should I stir or will the hops sink as the fermentation subsides?

I have just crumbled them in. No sack / bag ;)

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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:36 pm

Should I be removing the hops from the FV? I have just read this in another post.

I put in at day 4, and plan to leave fv to go to 14 days.

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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Old Elver » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:43 pm

just leave them in.
When you bottle or keg you may find that some hop material comes through.
It's a real product. ...I keep those to myself :-).
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:42 pm

Update from me.

I've just cracked open an APA brew after 14 days in FV, and 7 days conditioning at 20'c.

Dry hopped 30g cascade from day 4. I read since then that leaving the hops in after 5/6 days makes the beer taste grassy, less fresh.. Certainly not a problem here.

If you've ever wanted to make an American pale ale or similar then this is for you.

The intense smell of hops, lacing and head retention adds a whole new dimension to the coopers pale ale kits.

Recommended! Don't think it's going to last long.
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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Gipsy » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:49 am

Happy days :cheers:

Well done mate, I have never had a grassy taste either. Even after a 10 day hop, I guess it must depend on the hop and it's freshness maybe

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Re: Coopers Aussie pale ale - dry hop advice?

Postby Jimcee » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:04 am

Nice one Gipsy! Have a a good un :)
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