Dry Hopping: A Comprehensive Guide for Homebrewers

Dry hopping is a popular technique among homebrewers to enhance the aroma and flavor of their beer without adding bitterness. This method involves adding hops to the fermenter during or after the primary fermentation. In this guide, we will cover the basics of dry hopping, the benefits, and step-by-step instructions on how to do it effectively using a conical fermenter, with references to products available from BrewTaurus.

What is Dry Hopping?

Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to your beer after the boiling stage, typically during fermentation or conditioning. Unlike boiling, which extracts bitterness, dry hopping focuses on extracting volatile oils that contribute to the beer's aroma and flavor.

Benefits of Dry Hopping

  1. Enhanced Aroma: Adds vibrant hop aromas to your beer, such as floral, citrus, pine, and fruity notes.
  2. Improved Flavor: Intensifies the hop flavor without increasing bitterness.
  3. Versatility: Suitable for various beer styles, especially IPAs, pale ales, and other hop-forward beers.

Equipment Needed

To perform dry hopping effectively, you will need the following equipment:

  • Conical Fermenter: For easy addition and removal of hops. Check out the BrewTaurus Conical Fermenters for high-quality options.
  • Hops: Choose your preferred hop variety based on the desired aroma and flavor profile.
  • BrewTaurus Dry Hop Kit: Essential for performing dry hopping under pressure and minimizing oxygen exposure. Available in 2" Dryhop Kit and 4" Dryhop Kit.
  • Sanitizer: To ensure all equipment is free from contaminants.

Step-by-Step Guide to Dry Hopping

Step 1: Choose Your Hops

  • Selection: Choose hops that complement the style of beer you are brewing. Popular choices include Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe.
  • Quantity: Typically, 1-2 ounces of hops per 5-gallon batch is a good starting point, but this can vary based on personal preference and the beer style.

Step 2: Sanitize Your Equipment

  • Clean and sanitize: Ensure that your hop bag, spider, and any other equipment that will come into contact with the hops are thoroughly sanitized to prevent contamination.

Step 3: Add the Hops Using BrewTaurus Dry Hop Kit

  • Timing: Add the hops towards the end of primary fermentation or during secondary fermentation. The timing can vary based on the desired intensity of aroma and flavor.
  • Method: Using the 2" Dryhop Kit or 4" Dryhop Kit, you can add hops directly into your fermenter under pressure. This method minimizes oxygen exposure, preserving the hop aromas and preventing oxidation.
    • Attach the kit: Secure the dry hop kit to the top of your fermenter.
    • Add hops: Load the hops into the chamber of the dry hop kit.
    • Seal and purge: Seal the chamber and purge it with CO2 to remove any oxygen before releasing the hops into the fermenter.

Step 4: Monitor and Remove the Hops

  • Duration: Allow the hops to steep for 3-7 days. The longer the hops are in contact with the beer, the more aroma and flavor they will impart, but too long can lead to grassy or vegetal notes.
  • Removal: If you used a hop bag or spider, simply lift it out of the fermenter. If you added the hops directly, use the bottom valve of your conical fermenter to remove sediment, including the hops.

Step 5: Proceed with Packaging

  • Condition and carbonate: After dry hopping, proceed with your normal conditioning and carbonation process. The beer can be kegged or bottled as usual.

Tips for Successful Dry Hopping

  1. Avoid Oxidation: Minimize the exposure of your beer to oxygen when adding and removing hops to prevent oxidation, which can negatively impact flavor. Using the BrewTaurus Dry Hop Kit can help achieve this.
  2. Experiment with Timing: Try dry hopping at different stages (e.g., end of primary fermentation vs. secondary) to see which method yields the best results for your beer.
  3. Blend Hops: Experiment with blending different hop varieties to create unique and complex aroma profiles.
  4. Use Fresh Hops: Ensure your hops are fresh and properly stored to maximize their aroma and flavor contributions.


Dry hopping is an excellent technique to elevate the aroma and flavor of your beer. By following the steps outlined in this guide and utilizing the BrewTaurus Dry Hop Kit, you can effectively incorporate dry hopping into your brewing process and enjoy the enhanced sensory experience it brings to your beer.

For high-quality conical fermenters, dry hop kits, and other brewing equipment, visit BrewTaurus. Our range of products is designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced brewers, ensuring you have the best tools to craft exceptional beer.