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Old 08-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Brewing with homegrown hops

I am getting excited to have my first harvest of homegrown hops! looking like I will have at least a couple pounds of Cloumbus hops, and probably a half pound of Glacier hops. I am wondering what to expect from brewing with my own hops. Will I be let down? Totally stoked? I'd like to hear some feedback from folks who have brewed their own hops before.

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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homegrown hops are amazing because they are fresh, I have started using them exclusively for very late additions and dry hopping - because anything else is a complete waste of their glory. unless you are harvesting lots and lots of hops and you can afford to use them whenever you want willienillie.

another issue with homegrown hops is that they are of an unknown acid content, you can have them tested but it is a bit spendy.

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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I had my first harvest last year. I was delieghted with the flavoring and aroma from my centennial and cascade hops. I used commercially bought pellets for bittering though. This year, I'm going to use mine. Pretty stoked.

Congrats on a successful season.

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I have only used them in late additions/dry hopping in the past 2 seasons. Partly becuase I only got a couple of oz, and partly because I don't know the Alpha Acid % to bitter with. My Orange pale ale with dry hopped cascade was pretty tasty. Used the Williamette in a brown ale, and the Hallertau in a Maibock, both turning out well.

Dang, first year and you got yields like that? Is that picture your hops? I'm on 3rd year Cascade, Hallertau, and Williamette at our lake place in N Central Mn. I figure I'll get maybe 3-4 dry oz of each this year if I'm lucky. Lots of them, but they are pretty small. Either its because I can only water once every week or two when I am north, or possibly too little soil ammendments/fertilizer.

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That is pretty exciting! I remember doing a batch last year, and the few things I would change are:

Use a simple malt / extract bill. I complicated mine with crystal 15, acidulated, and a small amount of rye which kind of stole my hops "thunder".
Guessing the AA % on your hops will be difficult. I used mine as bitterring through aroma and ended up with a very mild bitterness. I would suggest using them as late hop additions, just so you have a better idea of what your actual IBUs will be.

Also keep in mind that if you don't dry them out, you'll want to use a lot more than usual. Four ounces of wet hops is probably just going to be a few cones, so you'll want to use 3-4x the amount you'd usually use on a batch.

This is all just personal preference, and I'd be interested to see what everyone else thinks that has done this before!

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Here is a couple pics I took of them last week. I started with full crowns I ordered from Great Lakes Hops (I got my Avatar pic from their webstie). I think the full crown instead of starting with Rhyzomes really helped with first year results. Thanks for the input! anyone brew with homegrown Columbus??

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Here's what I did (with preliminary results):
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/fresh-wet-hopped-beer-ideas-426802/

EDIT: You will be surprised how much volume half a pound of hops is!!! Better weigh your hops before you plan any beers...

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Here is my plan for my first Homegrown Homebrew:

Coulumbus IPA

Bach Size 10 Gallons
Pre Boil Volume 12 Gallons
90 minute boil

Grain Bill
26 lbs 2-row
2 lbs Crystal 40
1 lb Cara Pils

Hop Schedule
2 OZ Warrior 60 min
2 OZ Columbus 15 min
2 OZ Columbus 10 min
2 OZ Columbus 5 min
4 OZ Columbus Dry Hop (2 OZ in each 6.5 Gallon Carboy)

Single Infusion Mash - 154 deg F

Yeast
Safale US-05 or Wyeast 1056
Ferment at 68 degrees
7 Days in Primary
14 Days dry hopping in Secondary

Keg or bottle, carbonate to 2.5 volumes Co2


Any thoughts? brewing this weekend.

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It is amazing how much volume 1 ounce of dried hops actually is! I ended up with 2 Lbs of dried Columbus, & about 4 OZ of dried Glacier.

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Here is my plan for my first Homegrown Homebrew:

Coulumbus IPA

Bach Size 10 Gallons
Pre Boil Volume 12 Gallons
90 minute boil

Grain Bill
26 lbs 2-row
2 lbs Crystal 40
1 lb Cara Pils

Hop Schedule
2 OZ Warrior 60 min
2 OZ Columbus 15 min
2 OZ Columbus 10 min
2 OZ Columbus 5 min
4 OZ Columbus Dry Hop (2 OZ in each 6.5 Gallon Carboy)

Single Infusion Mash - 154 deg F

Yeast
Safale US-05 or Wyeast 1056
Ferment at 68 degrees
7 Days in Primary
14 Days dry hopping in Secondary

Keg or bottle, carbonate to 2.5 volumes Co2

Any thoughts? brewing this weekend.

Thanks!
How do you dry out the hops? Can u just brew them fresh off the vine I feel the smell would be stronger
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