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Old 12-06-2011, 01:04 AM   #1
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So I bought quite a bit of leaf hops from hopsdirect.com this year, 2011 crop. Most of them had relatively high alpha %, like cascade 8.1%, willamette 7.8%, not crazy but higher than you normally might see on these types. Problem is, I know you need slightly more leaf hops to equal the bitterness you get out of pellets, but these were rated higher alpha than normal so I thought it would all balance out. I've done a number of batches in a short time, but now I am seeing I've slightly underhopped them.

Most recently I had a lighter ale come on tap and realize I've totally underhopped it (using leaf US Tettnang @ 5.9%). I've drank plenty of "mistakes" without complaining, but I am really disappointed in this one. Any ideas? Dry hopping is all I can think of. Anyone else coming to the conclusion that these alpha ratings are not 100% accurate? Nothing bad against hopsdirect at all, just frustrated.

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Old 12-06-2011, 01:09 AM   #2
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leaf hops are great for dryhopping, depending on your raking cane they may cause it the clog when transfering so i would bag 'um. but dryhopping is only going to give you more aroma and no flavor. if its in the fermenter or keg theres not much you can do about the flavor.
hope it works out.

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Old 12-06-2011, 01:37 AM   #3
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Morebeer sells isohop extract. I have used it Once with good results it will add a pretty neutral bitterness and no flavor or aroma

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Morebeer sells isohop extract. I have used it Once with good results it will add a pretty neutral bitterness and no flavor or aroma
I will check that out, thanks!
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Boil some hops in water and add to taste when bottling.

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Boil some hops in water and add to taste when bottling.
Does that work pretty well? I've never done that. How long do you boil?
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I've actually never done it but have seen people suggest it in the past. I would assume at least 30-45 min to extract bitterness from the hops. I make hop tea just by steeping (5-10min) and I get bitterness from the hops.

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I made hop tea last night becuase I was thinking of adding some to a pale ale to the boost flavor. Use amarillo, columbus, and centennial. All came out overwhelmingly vegetal. Unless you are making a broccoli beer, I would not recommend it.

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Mix this beer with a really hoppy beer.

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