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Day 107 Dry Hopping the IPA

The airlock has slowed to a crawl on the IPA, after 4 days, so I’m adding the Nelson Sauvin hops pellets for the dry hopping stage. They should be in about 4 days and then I’ll rack to secondary for clearing, if the SG is where it’s supposed to be. I’ll make sure the fermentation is done before bottling.

Nelson Sauvin hops for dry hopping stage

Nelson Sauvin hops for dry hopping stage

Of course, I sanitized everything. I was planning on dropping the hops pellets into a little nylon bag, but decided against it at the last minute. I went ahead and just dropped them in and gave a light stir. I took a tiny bit into the spoon and tasted it and it is very bitter. I hope it will mellow a little bit in that respect. I know IPA’s are supposed to be bitter, but wow! At any rate, the dry hopping is in. The fermenter is resealed.

Nelson Sauvin hops pellets added to the IPA.

Nelson Sauvin hops pellets added to the IPA.

By the way, I like the smell of  hops pellets. I’ve smelled several now and they all have a component in common, with different intensities and subtle differences. I don’t really have the words and experience to really go more in depth, but I will say that there is a distinct difference with the Nelson Sauvin. It will be an interesting beer, for sure.

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