- Oct 10, 2019
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2 days before bottling would be OK I'd expect. Other regulars on here suggest anything between 2 and 4 days. I wouldn't faithfully add 5 days in cos you can't be sure how many more days it will take to finish. Danger here is that the hops could be in too long. Again, popular opinion is that you will risk getting 'grassy' or 'off' flavours in your beer if the hops are in there more than 7 days.. So, I would hold off adding the hops until you're sure your beer has finished fermenting then add your hops. Sometimes Youngs can take 3 weeks to finish, Festival is usually quicker but whichever one you are brewing, there's no desperate rush to add hops by a specific day - just wait until fermentation is over and don't leave the hops in too long before bottling.