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Old 05-07-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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I planned out an IPA using Magnum, Simcoe and Summit hops and then I recalled wanting to try out the hopburst idea that has been mentioned several times on the green board (http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=26859).

Has anyone tried it and if so, what are your thoughts on the process? How did your hopbursted beer age from a flavor perspective compared to a more traditionally hopped example?

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Sounds fishy to me. If I'm not mistaken, it takes high temps to finagle the bittering compounds out of hops. This method of adding no bittering hops, then overloading with flavor/aroma/dry hops seems like it'd produce a sickly sweet beer that was overtaken by hop flavor and aroma.

I guess the only reason to try such a think would be if you don't like bitter beer, but you do like the smell and taste of hops.

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Actually The IBU's would be the same if you loaded the flavor hops as per the article.

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Batch Size (Gal): 5.50 Wort Size (Gal): 5.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 13.00
Anticipated OG: 1.067 Plato: 16.29
Anticipated SRM: 9.4
Anticipated IBU: 66.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes
First brews I made were done like this but not on an ipa scale. I didn't understand bittering hop additions and there were no fancy interweb in abundance at the time. Since the boil was annoying my parents I did 30 min boils with loads of hops.
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Yeah, that site is a bit hard on the eyes...

The basic concept is to minimize the bittering hops (or omit entirely) and load up on the 30 minute and under hop additions. The feedback I have have seen so far has been very positive and many say that it really showcases the hop flavors. The missing bittering addition appears to go undetected/unnoticed as a result of the IBUs from the other additions.

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It makes sense. You are loosing a lot of hop efficiency here though. You are extracting a little bitterness out of a lot of hops. I think that you would definitely get a hoppy tasting IPA, but would it actually be any hoppier than if you took some of those hops, cut back on them, and boiled them for 60 minutes? There will be a lot of flavors competing for your taste buds and only the strongest will win and coincidently these are probably the hop flavors you would taste if you did it traditionally, imo.

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Sounds fishy to me. If I'm not mistaken, it takes high temps to finagle the bittering compounds out of hops. This method of adding no bittering hops, then overloading with flavor/aroma/dry hops seems like it'd produce a sickly sweet beer that was overtaken by hop flavor and aroma.

I guess the only reason to try such a think would be if you don't like bitter beer, but you do like the smell and taste of hops.
well, it appears that the concept does waste a lot of hop potential by the shorter boil times but the IBUs/flavors/aromas compensate. IIRC there are a few award winning recipes that came out of that thread and its companion on the northern brewer forum.
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It makes sense. You are loosing a lot of hop efficiency here though. You are extracting a little bitterness out of a lot of hops. I think that you would definitely get a hoppy tasting IPA, but would it actually be any hoppier than if you took some of those hops, cut back on them, and boiled them for 60 minutes? There will be a lot of flavors competing for your taste buds and only the strongest will win and coincidently these are probably the hop flavors you would taste if you did it traditionally, imo.
The thing that rekindled my interest was Troegs Nugget Nectar...96 IBUs, massive hoppy flavors and aroma while the bitterness doesn't seem anywhere even close to that IBU level. With the Summit and Simcoe hops I was planning on using in this batch, I would really like to bring those out to the front in a big way...this sounds like and interesting technique.
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I guess I should read the recipe more carefully. I still see 15-30 minute additions as bittering hops in some sense. I figured it was just a matter of only adding stuff under 10 mins and then dryhopping the hell out of it. But if you're adding stuff at 30, you're still getting bitterness.

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