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Old 10-22-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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So, here is what I have to work with. Kinda new at this still, so looking for some ideas.
1) $25 gift certificate to midwest supplies for a recipe kit (extract).
2) about 3oz of unknown variety leaf hops from some plants at my parents place.
3) I like IPAs (especially northwest style).
I was thinking of getting a pale ale kit of some sort that normally would not have a dry hop, and just making it as per directions but adding the leaf hops after primary fermentation.
thoughts?

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Old 10-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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3oz of hops right off the plant are hardly anything. Wet hops are used in about a 5/1 ratio compared to dry/pellet hops, so 3 oz of hops right off the plant are equal to about 0.6 oz of pellet hops. That's barly a single addition of an APA. They are going to be relatively subtle as a dryhop addition.

Anyway, that said, can you describe the smell of the hop? Are they citrusy, earthy, spicy, fruity, etc? Having a basic idea of what they are going to do to the beer would dictate what style you'll want to add them to.

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they are dried.
they smell fairly citrusy to me, maybe fruity, grapefruit.

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actually, definitely more grapefruit than anything else.

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Again, unless it's a small batch, you won't get much from those hops. Why not get an APA kit of some sort and then dry-hop with these after 14 days of fermentation has elapsed? The grapefruit aroma would be nice.

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3oz of dried hops seems to be within the normal range for a dry hop, at least as far as i have seen in various recipes.
it sounds like my idea of combining with a kit will do as i want though.

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