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I'll have about 1/2 an ounce of leftover Cascade hop pellets when I finish my boil. I was thinking that I would save them and throw them in the secondary, but I don't have a bag.

Will I get much aroma out of just throwing the pellets in by themselves without a bag?

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What's the volume? 5 gallons? – Dean Brundage Mar 18 '10 at 17:14
You could have also just put them in the boil at flameout. – brewchez Mar 19 '10 at 16:43
@Dean Brundage Yes, the volume is 5 gallons. @brewchez I also added some hops at late boil for aroma, but I've never done dry hopping, so I wanted to try it out for fun. I think I am going to try it without a bag this time, and then do it with a bag next time and maybe I'll notice a difference. – bfrederi Apr 1 '10 at 16:59
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Yep. I dry-hopped my last brew by just dropping the pellets into the carboy and it had a great aroma. The pellets broke up and sunk and then I just racked without disturbing the sediment.

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It'll give your beer a nice little aroma boost.

See also: Pellet Hops spilled out of bag in secondary. Advice?

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