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.
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.
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.