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Old 12-27-2010, 02:51 PM   #1
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Anyone ever combine a variety of hops pellets into a mix then add the blend at all your various addition points rather than separate variety additions? I'm putting together a "must go" APA to use up my last 6oz of last years hops (Centennial(1oz), Hallertauer(3oz), and Tettnang(2oz)) and was considering blending them together and adding putting in a bit at 60, 30, 15, 5, flameout, and dry. Good or bad idea?

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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I see nothing wrong with this. Sounds tasty to me.

AHS actually sells leftover hop "dust". You never know what you are getting, but it would make for an amusing beer to say the least.

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I would do that for flavor/aroma, but not bittering. I think you should get the bitterness you want and go from there with the blend so that you at least have the balance you wanted in the beer.

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Why not for bittering? If you know how much of each you are adding, you can calculate out the levels of bittering you want.

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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Nothing wrong with it as long as you don't care about repeatability of a recipe. It would make it hard to know exactly what % of hops went into each addition. Several commercial operations do mixes, iike Widmer Alchemy hops. I assume they have a controlled mix to keep recipes consistent.

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:26 PM   #6
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Why not for bittering? If you know how much of each you are adding, you can calculate out the levels of bittering you want.
That's what I was thinking... I know the weights of what I have and the AA % of each so I can calculate the average AA of the mix and use that for my calculations. It could be a little off if I get a little more of one hops than the other in a particular sample, but 5 out of 6 oz are within 8% of each other in AA so shouldn't be a huge variation.
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Why not for bittering? If you know how much of each you are adding, you can calculate out the levels of bittering you want.
It would end up fine either way i'm sure, but the AA content varies greatly and you wouldn't know how much of each is really going in when it's all mixed up. If anything, I want to know how many IBUs i'm getting from bittering so I don't end up with too much or too little.
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It would end up fine either way i'm sure, but the AA content varies greatly and you wouldn't know how much of each is really going in when it's all mixed up. If anything, I want to know how many IBUs i'm getting from bittering so I don't end up with too much or too little.
I think I a can "combat" this by doing a near-continual hops addition. Most of the hops are very close in AA anyways, and I think I might do small additions every 10 minutes from 60 through 10, then a 5 minute, flameout, and dry addition. Should average out even more that way.
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You only have 1 oz of Centennial and 2 and 3 oz's of the rest. It will work out as an average. It will be just that though...an average. I do try to learn something new or do something different for learning purposes everytime I brew.

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Old 12-27-2010, 04:25 PM   #10
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If you end up blending, maybe add them all to a ziplock and break up the pellets with a rolling pin and shake. That way, you would know you have an even mix and your ibus will be easier to match with the average aa.

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