Using Wet Hops
I have a friend who is about to harvest a TON of hops and had a few questions about using them fresh off the vine:
-I already know that I'll need 4-6x the weight equal the same amount as dry, and seeing as I was planning on an IPA with around 65 IBUS, will there be any ill effects (especially in utilization) of putting that many hops in kettle? It'll probably be close to 2 1/2 lbs. in a 6 gallon boil.
-Is the dry hopping procedure the same here? Just using 4-6x more hops?
-And finally, I am really gaining anything by doing this? I realize the hops are fresher, but is there really that great of a benefit of using them right off the vine, or should I just wait for him to dry them out and brew with them per usual?
I'm in no dire need of hops or anything, just curious as to what everyone thinks.
Some second hand information for you.
-I have brewed with someone doing a fresh hop. No ill effects putting that many hops in the kettle. Brewing with fresh hops will give a "greener" flavor. Since you have the opportunity, try it!
-I have NOT "dry hopped" with wet hops before. I can't imagine that you'll have a problem but I would err on the side of less hops than more for this because the hops have had less time to lose the more volatile oils and compounds which you are trying to get when you dry hop.
Final advice, I'd go for the 6x multiplier for weight for the brew (relax, it'll be great) and the 4x for the dry hop.
Wish I had the opportunity to try this. My hop plant nearly died (left for 2 days and didn't have anyone to water it) so I'm not getting any fresh from it this year.
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