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Old 02-26-2009, 07:50 PM   #11
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Freshops.com sells hop oil in little bottles. Works OK but not like the real thing IMO.
I was curios about that stuff from Freshops. I've been wanting to make some nonalcoholic beer for my girlfriend's father by the method of heating a batch at 180 for 30-40 minutes to evaporate the alcohol, followed by force carbonating, but you generally also lose aroma compounds. Do you think this would act as a reasonable replacement for some hop flavor/aroma in a pale ale? Any opinion on what type of hops might have been used to make the stuff, and what kind of a flavor/aroma it has? Thanks.

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Old 02-26-2009, 11:13 PM   #12
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The hop oil (from Freshops) I've got seems to be one of the citrus hops. I think it is a very good thing to have around. It isn't a replacement for dry hopping, but it has saved a number of 'hoppy' ales that were in storage too long.

I'll try to remember to ask Dave next time I see him, but you could just send him an email.

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Old 06-10-2009, 06:48 PM   #13
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Forgot to post the results of my Hop Shot test. But first, a quiz! What happens when you mix oil and water? That's right, they don't mix! A Hop Shot is hop oil so what do you think happens when you squirt a refrigerated syringe of hop oil into a cold beer? It sits on the surface in a wormy looking bunch. I tried to mix it as best as I could, but it was impossible to fully suspend the oil. The beer did have a much improved hop aroma (I forget what I used, but it was a low IBU pale ale) and I did get a hop flavor out of it. But I also got chunks of congealed hop oil in each sip and they were so concentrated that the taste was unpleasant. And about an hour later I noticed a burning sensation in my lips that lasted most of the evening! That concluded my experiments with trying to supplement the hop flavor a brewed beer.

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Old 06-10-2009, 07:39 PM   #14
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I was talking about homebrewing with a rep from Stone at the local pub a few nights ago, and this subject came up. I mentioned my current batch of Irish Red ale that doesn't have the flavor I wanted (it's the one that tasted like stale bread at first) and he suggested I dry hop it in the keg. Not really to style for an Irish Red, but then it didn't really turn out to style anyway. I'm hesitant to throw a bunch of hop pellets in the keg to block up the tube, but Hop Shot sounded interesting for this purpose at first, but if it won't mix... maybe I'm back to hop pellets.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:26 AM   #15
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Nah! Try this: Couple years ago, in supermarket, I spied in the spice aisle, spices extracted by liquid carbon dioxide(our friend) and then put into some less-troublesome solvent, for sale. Well, why not skip the CO2 step. Some states have available 95% alcohol by special order. Try soaking hops in a leeeeeeetl bit of this stuff, to extract the flavor oils. I haven't tried it yet (but I sure as hell intend to), so, good luck. The extra alcohol will alter the taste of the beer(pity), but not as much as isopropyl alcohol would. The advantage would be, you could let solids settle, and decant off the flavors, carry in a bottle, splash on all underhopped products. Oh, yes, and, being in concentrated alcohol, it will NEVER decay. Good luck!

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #16
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Have a French Press? Some brew pubs will put whole leaf hops in a French Press, fill with beer, then press and pour. It is supposed to increase hop flavor and aroma quite a bit. I have been wanting to try it, but have not as yet.

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