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Old 10-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever tried tried dropping one fresh hops bud in each bottle at bottling time? Would think this would add a great flavor and aroma plus being a little novelty, the challenge would be pouring. I guess you could pour through a strainer into your glass unless you want the leaves right in there with the beer. Also I assume it would cloud the beer up some. Thinking of trying this with my next IPA but wondering if its been done before

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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i have also wondered the same thing and will be very curious as to what people respond to this.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
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Someone asks this question at least once a month.

Do you really want your drinkers to have to filter hop particles out with their teeth while trying to drink their beer?

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well it would be a novelty for the hops heads out there, I think they'd appreciate it... IF it made the taste and aroma good. I'm usually pouring for my friends anyway...

Would a single fresh hops bud stay together in the bottle or come apart?

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Biggest issue I see is how long the dry hop will be in the brew, in the bottle. Normally, you don't dry hop for more than 14 days (at room/bottle carbonating temps), unless you want grassy flavors added to a brew. So the amount of time it takes to bottle carbonate (3 weeks at 70F) will result in grassy flavors in the bottles. IMO, not worth doing.

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Ah good point. Would the type of hops help determine the amount of grassiness, maybe some varieties less than others?

I hear about people putting fresh hops in their keg when they rack to the keg, with great results. But maybe they are force carbonating and drinking within two weeks?

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I sometimes add fresh/dry hops to a keg just before it goes into the brew fridge for carbonating and then serving. At those temperatures (under 45F) you have a lot longer to drink the brew before you get any off flavors. At 70F (or above) your time is seriously short.

I've had a keg in the brew fridge, with whole hops added, last about 6 weeks and had no off flavors present. Most of the time, I keep my brews in the 40-42F range.

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Yeah so this doesn't sound like a great idea based on the 2+ weeks at room temp=grassy.

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Why don't you give it a try in a couple of bottles, when the next person asks the same question you will be able to give a verified answer, after all hops was once put in to the barrels.

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