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Old 09-05-2006, 04:05 PM   #11
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I would assume the female plants are better for brewing based from experience with a cousin of the hop plant...





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1) Are these wild hops safe to brew with (don't know why not)?

2) What in the world do I do with them? I assume I dry them, but am not sure if I can with a food dehydrator, I'd think I'd drive off good volatile chemicals?

3) Any way to guess at the AA%?
While the hops should be relatively safe to brew with provided they have not been sprayed, I would not recommend using them since they are wild. There are too many variables, and uknowns to contend with without sending them out to a lab for costly analysis.

Hops are used primarily for bittering and aroma. With that said , one would never use a hop primarliy designed for bittering, as an aroma hop, and vice versa.

If you decide to use them, I would recommend them for dry hopping (if anything at all) at this time. You could create a control batch and use these wild hops in a portion of your next brew. You wouldn't waste any beer, and it could be considered an experiment. Most hops have a pretty distinct profile, and if you did some homework, you might be able to nail the hop variety down.

As far as the AAU's go, Again without sending it to a lab for analysis there is no way to determine the percentage of Alpha Acids present. This would be another reason to dry hop with it, since the AAU's don't matter when you are dry hopping.

Best of luck in your endeavor, I hope the beer you make turns out to be someting you like.
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Yea, you could dry-hop 1gal of beer...see how it tastes.

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some guys have all the luck. all i got in my backyard is corn...

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Yeah, then again, all I have is some trees and grass. Can you ferment corn?
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While the hops should be relatively safe to brew with provided they have not been sprayed, I would not recommend using them since they are wild. There are too many variables, and uknowns to contend with without sending them out to a lab for costly analysis.
F' it Live on the wild side and go for it. Worse comes to worse they taste like me arse and then you'll know better next time. As for the AA's ask around at your LHBS and maybe they can give you the name of a place you can get teh AA's check out at. Hell they may even be able to give you some kind of idea on the type of hops they are.
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Can you ferment corn? Dont know!! A corn beer would taste funny. I would think you need to boil it to get rid of the off flavors.

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Now that you know they'll grow locally, make certain you get some know varieties in the ground this spring. Dig the holes before the frost and backfill with compose & dirt when the rhizomes arrive.

Wild hops are good for flavor & aroma hopping. Weigh, dry & weigh the first batch, so you can get a handle on the ratio. Mine ran 4:1. Resist putting wet hops in your finished ale, too much chlorophyll leaches out making the ale grassy.

Male plants are worthless for anything except breeding and you don't want the female plants wasting energy making seeds.

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Male plants are worthless for anything except breeding and you don't want the female plants wasting energy making seeds.
Uh, how can you tell the difference between male hops and female hops?
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Uh, how can you tell the difference between male hops and female hops?
The male ones are bitter. The female ones are bitchy.
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