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Old 03-30-2006, 09:43 AM   #1
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So I'm finally getting around to it. Here's the goals for my single hop brew:

1. Experiment with a single hop the entire boil
2. Use the hop in all phases of boil (Bittering, Flavor, Aroma)
3. Use a grain bill that is not complex, so that the hop flavors can come through
4. Use the same grain bill for all single hop experiments for comparison
5. Use a the same clean yeast strain for all brews
6. Use up whatever I have on hand, so that all I have to buy is the grain

Although the recipe is for 6 gallons, I am going to split wort into 3 two-gallon brews and adjust hops accordingly.

Grain Bill for 6 gallons 1.051 OG at 75% efficiency
10 lb. 2-row
0.75 lb. Crystal 35
0.75 lb. Victory

Hop Schedule Totaling around 30 IBU
17 IBU 60 min
8 IBU 30 min
3 IBU 15
2 IBU 5 min
1 oz dry

White Labs 001 CA Ale

Possible hop choices include:
Chinook, Columbus, Liberty, Magnum, Nugget, Target, Tettnanger



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Old 03-30-2006, 12:41 PM   #2
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I'm going to try this with columbus soon--slightly different grain bill but same basic idea.

Chinook seems like it might be a little harsh.

Amarillo might also be an interesting one to try.



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I love the idea. I am doing a nugget/magnum pale ale soon, having used neither hop before. I actually think he chinook will turn out quite nice--I have dry-hopped with it before.

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I just did a big one (20 Plato) with all Simcoe..

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Okay, you know a what I'm liking most about your plan? Even with 3 gallon batches, it sounds as though you're still gonna end up with a lot of beer!

All of it should be good, too.

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I wouldn't calculate the flavor and aroma hop additions by IBU. If you use hops with different alpha acid units you'll end up with very different intensities as far as flavor and aroma go. Just change the bittering charge and keep the other additions constant. By the way, I'm planning to do this some time during the summer. My grain bill is very similar (90% Pale, 5% Biscut, 5% Crystal).

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Single hopping can be great and it is a fantastic way to get a sense of particular hop varieties and their unique characteristics. I also think that the process Brewsmith is describing is a great way to develop a strong brewing palate/tool chest. The guy who really got me going advised the same thing for me. Start simple, make one change at a time, see what it does, try one other variable, check it out...

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I plan on using other hops later, like amarillo, simcoe, and others, but like I said upfront, I want to clean out the fridge first . I have heard that the chinook might be a little harsh, but I still want to try it, just to see what chinook tastes like. If it's bad, I'm only out two gallons .

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Well I did it yesterday. After 7.5 hours I now have three different beers fermenting from the same wort. I used the grain bill in the above post and split it into three batches of the same size. The first I used all chinook hops, the second columbus, and the third liberty. One mash and three one hour boils. Clean up went fast because I had down time waiting for things to come to a boil, so I cleaned up as I went along. Started at 3 pm and finished at 10:30. Maybe next time I'll do two instead...

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Well I did it yesterday. After 7.5 hours I now have three different beers fermenting from the same wort. I used the grain bill in the above post and split it into three batches of the same size. The first I used all chinook hops, the second columbus, and the third liberty. One mash and three one hour boils. Clean up went fast because I had down time waiting for things to come to a boil, so I cleaned up as I went along. Started at 3 pm and finished at 10:30. Maybe next time I'll do two instead...
Sweet! I'd like to try something similar myself some time.


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