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Old 03-18-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default Using hop tea to increase Hop flavor and aroma to a beer in the secondary?

I'v brewd some kind of hybrid between a belgian triple, honey wheat beer and an IPA using sorachi ace hops, the beer is around 8.3% abv it's in the secondery for about 3 weeks now, the ibu is about 50 and i want to increase it to around 60-65, is the tea hop technique is the right way to go? i'm thinking about boiling 30 grams of sorachi ace in 2 liter water for 20 minutes, i mainly want flavor and aroma with a little more bitterness, should i add any kind of sugars to the tea or hops and water is enough, when to add it? to the secondery or maybe at bottling with the priming sugars?

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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It will work, but don't forget to account for how much you'll be diluting your beer when you take your numbers.

Whether or not you want to add sugars is a completely different question, ultimately. Do not add sugars at bottling time or you will get exploding bottles.

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Old 03-18-2011, 01:38 PM   #3
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yuval , Hope you have better luck than I did doing the hop tea. I wanted to do it just to add more hop aroma. I'm sure my technique is to blame for my success though. I boiled a small amount of water with 1 oz. of hops in a hop bag for a very short time just to mainly heat the hops to get the oils flowing. I let the hops soak in the water until it cooled to the same temp as my beer. Squeezed them just to try an extract as much as possible. I smelled great.. I added this to my keg , and tasted it after a couple of days. It just barely had any aroma. I was disappointed in how it turned out. since it smelled really good before I added it. I have since just added the 1 oz. in a hop bag directly to my keg and dry hopped it for several days. This produced much better results. I would leave it in there and taste until I got the aroma that I was looking for. Once this was achieved , I would remove the hops. I've also have done multiple hopping this way to..I think this is a great way to had some really great hop aromas. Good luck on your tea. If you find a way that works, I would love to know how to do it. It would be much less of a hassle to add the tea one time , than going through the hop addition in the keg.

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Whe I did a hop tea,it was in the brew kettle with the water I was boiling for my LME/DME additions. And then for only 15mins. I dry hopped it for the 4th week in primary. Bottling Sunday,so I'll see how it smells then. If it smells real good/obvious,I'll do it again. Gotta remember that 3-4 week aging process too. Some aroma will be lost,but how much I'll see then.
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I've run some hops through the coffee maker before to make a "tea" It worked great. I think it added more bitterness and less arome though. Turns out perfect for the Cali Common I was doing though.

Whats even better was the next several pots of coffee tasted hoppy!

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I read about a guy that uses a french press to make a strong hop tea. His story claimed it to work real well.
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What about boiling some water, adding the priming sugar and then adding the hops for 15 to 20 minutes, straining and adding before bottling?

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^^^Sounds like that would work too. Might even loose less "hoppiness".?...
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