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Old 02-04-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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I want to add a blast of hop flavor to an IPA before bottling and I was thinking of boiling up 2 cups of water and my priming sugar, then at "flameout" adding an ounce or so of Cascades. Then I'd let them steep before adding the solution to my beer. Yay or nay?

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:48 AM   #2
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Just throw some hops in your secondary for 5-7 days before you bottle. It's called dry hopping and works really well for what you want.

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Either way would work. You get different effects, though, from dry hopping vs whirlpool addition or hop tea.

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Actually, I'm dry hopping this beer right now. I'm looking to get a bit more hop flavor rather that just aroma. That's why I thought of doing hop "tea".

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Just throw some hops in your secondary for 5-7 days before you bottle. It's called dry hopping and works really well for what you want.
Dryhopping doesn't add any hop FLAVOR, just aroma. There's no alpha acids being isomerized so no flavor is going in.

Kaya, you're not the first person that's contemplated it or done it. Or flavored their priming sugar with ginger, or cinnamon or other spices. I've done it. It will work.

Are you gonna strain them before dumping the solution in? I would. Just let the whole shebang steep. In fact boil your solution, then after a couple minutes boiling. Turn the flame off, throw a lid on the solution, and let it cool for 15 minutes or so, that way any of the aroma oils should fall back into the solution as condensate.
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This actually seems like a pretty clever way to reclaim some of the IBUs lost during fermentation.

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Dryhopping doesn't add any hop FLAVOR, just aroma. There's no alpha acids being isomerized so no flavor is going in.

Kaya, you're not the first person that's contemplated it or done it. Or flavored their priming sugar with ginger, or cinnamon or other spices. I've done it. It will work.

Are you gonna strain them before dumping the solution in? I would. Just let the whole shebang steep. In fact boil your solution, then after a couple minutes boiling. Turn the flame off, throw a lid on the solution, and let it cool for 15 minutes or so, that way any of the aroma oils should fall back into the solution as condensate.
Cool. I was planning on straining out the hops before adding to the bottling bucket. I like the idea of letting them steep with a lid on the pot. Thanks for the idea.
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I used a french press to do this before. It works pretty well.

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would you have to add more sugar/water than usual to make up for hop absorbtion? also, how do you strain it effectively without splashing and potentially causing a bit of oxidation? I have never tried this method but it's intriguing...

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No, I wouldn't add more sugar. THere's no way to know how much would get soaked up....add a random amount of sugar and you're asking for bottle bombs. Just give the hops in the strainer a squeeze with the back of the spoon and fuhgettaboutit.

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