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Old 01-19-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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I want to brew a IPA using my cascade hops I grew last summer for the aroma and dry hops. Problem is I don't have a clue as to the IBU of these hops. Not sure how much to use . Should I weigh out an ounce or what. Any one have any experience at this?

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Old 01-19-2008, 03:24 PM   #2
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The IBUs don't matter for flame out and dryhopping. I'd use about an ounce for dryhopping, wait a week, and then taste it. If it's not enough, add some more or let it go for another week.

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Old 01-19-2008, 03:36 PM   #3
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I brewed a pale ale with HG cascade awhile back. I used an oz. at 10 min and an oz. at flame-out, 10 min. steep. Turned out really good.

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Use the same amount you would of a commercially grown hop. The flavor/aroma oil levels vary much less than the alpha acid levels.

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Out of curiosity, how have you preserved your hops? Did you harvest them, let them dry out, and then vacuum seal them? Or just go straight to vacuum sealing?

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Dried on a window screen with a fan blowing underneath for 2 days in a hot garage. Vacuum sealed and frozen.

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I have used my HG cascade for my last 3 APA's for flavor and aroma. Great taste and aroma. I judged them to be about 4% AA as an average AA of the hops I already had on hand. Not many left now.
There's always next year though.

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