Dry-hopping Festa Brew's Continental Pilsner Lager?

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Dry-hopping Festa Brew's Continental Pilsner Lager?

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Hey all,

Just found this forum and joined. I picked up a Festa Brew Continental Lager kit a few months ago on a whim, and it's turned out far better than I hoped. This is the first home brew I've made in 30 years, and it's a whole different ball game than the canned extracts I used all those years ago. I really enjoy the FB CPL, but am thinking about upping the hop profile a bit by trying dry-hopping in the secondary.

Has anyone tried this? I assume Saaz hops would be the hops of choice for this, but are there other suggestions? How much should I use? I don't want to over power the taste, just hop it up a little. Any suggestions?

Steve

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Steve85 wrote:Hey all,

Just found this forum and joined. I picked up a Festa Brew Continental Lager kit a few months ago on a whim, and it's turned out far better than I hoped. This is the first home brew I've made in 30 years, and it's a whole different ball game than the canned extracts I used all those years ago. I really enjoy the FB CPL, but am thinking about upping the hop profile a bit by trying dry-hopping in the secondary.

Has anyone tried this? I assume Saaz hops would be the hops of choice for this, but are there other suggestions? How much should I use? I don't want to over power the taste, just hop it up a little. Any suggestions?

Steve
For first time dry hopping use .5 to 1 oz of what ever profile you wish, just google hop profiles for aroma and essence characteristics. Skip secondary if your ready, ferment 1 to 2 weeks then add hop pellets right to the fermenter for the 3rd and last week, if you ferment only 2 weeks then add after 7 days. Settle and transfer right to bottling bucket or kegs from fermenter and your good to go. Adding hops early to a fermentation is a waste of the hops aroma charateristics as most of it will be lost through the airlock when the CO2 is escaping.

Good luck and have fun with it.
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Thanks for the suggestion on dosage. I'm about to start my second batch, and I'll go with 1/2 oz when I rack into the secondary after a week.

Having read through lots of threads here, I'm surprised that secondaries seem to be old-school. I only have one fermenter (but lots of carboys) so I'll keep using secondaries at least until I can get another pail...live and learn!

Steve

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You can ferment in your carboys, unless they are too small for the batch I suppose...

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I use nothing by glass carboys for both primary fermentation as well as secondary.

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In the interest of closing this thread out, I ended up dry hopping a batch of FestaBrew Continental Pilsener by adding 1/2 oz of Liberty hop pellets to the primary fermenting pail during the second week of fermentation. I racked the lager off the trub into a carboy for a week of cold crashing and then bottled. After a week in bottle, I tried the beer and it was delicious, with a nice characteristic German-style hop aroma, noticeable but balanced hop flavour. I lived in Germany for four years, and this beer reminded me strongly of the kind of local beers I used to drink "over there". I would have used Hallertau hops if I had found them, but my brew store didn't have any and suggested the Liberty hop pellets would be a close substitute.

Dry hopping seems like an easy way to make good beer even better, so give it a try! :cheers:

Steve

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