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Old 07-21-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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I am considering running an experiment. Brewing up a simple, normal 1.055 american pale ale, except using zero hops during the boil. I would let it ferment out, keg it and put a 5 gallon paint strainer bag filled with 1 pound of whole cone columbus hops in the keg, purge the O2.............I would let this sit at fermentation temperature for two weeks, then carb and enjoy.


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Old 07-21-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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I would assume that the beer wouldn't really taste hoppy at all, but would smell fantastic. It would probably trick your senses enough to perceive hoppiness. It's a neat idea for an experiment.

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Old 07-21-2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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it will be sweet and extremely flowery. if you don't boil hops, you will get no bitterness, and the sweetness of the malt won't have anything to balance it out. And a pound of hops will likely have an overpowering flowery taste and aroma.

Go ahead and give it a shot if you want, though. I love experiments.

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Old 07-21-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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I support this level of ill advised debauchery 100%! Why only a pound of dry hops?

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Waste of a pound of hops, but if you have them to waste then I agree with going ahead and finding out for yourself what it's like. Way too sweet, but hoppy smelling is what it'll be.

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Just start small and it won't be a "waste"

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go for it. supposedly one of our local brew-pubs did it and it worked out.

besides, if it doesnt work, those hops will still have their AAs so you could make a hop tea and fix it.

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alright....I suppose I could take and bitter it to 15-20 IBU at 60 minutes and then go for the massive dry hop.

I do have a few pounds of columbus just eating away at me. Once I open a pound of whole hops I like to use the entire thing.

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I bet you'll get some bitterness, I say skip the bittering charge like you originally suggested.

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Can't remember which book I was reading it in, but there was a discussion on solely making pale ales with late hop additions, skipping the 60-45 minute additions entirely. Going to try this on my next pale ale...

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