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Old 08-27-2010, 06:35 PM   #12
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Saw this in a different thread - I would recommend dbl checking with a good google search:
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I got schooled in this method from a hop grower close to me. From the days when they used leather lederhosen to test wort!

Do the measurements accurately:

Take one ounce of your hops.

Boil two cups of water for 15 minutes with 1 scant Tbsp of sugar (utilization).
Add your hops and boil for 10 minutes.

Strain the hops and take your tea to dilute

1/4 of a cup of water to 1/4 cup of tea= one %.
So dump the first mixture retaining 1/4 cup and then add 1/4 cup water
Continue with dilute 1/4 cup of your tea until the bitterness is not distiguishable by taste.

Now if you have diluted 6 times and only have the slightest barely there bitterness-- you think about 6.1 or 6.3 %

It is a rough estimate: 5% to 6% for example, but it means you can brew with some idea of AA and you get to taste the hop tea too to get a flavor profile

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Old 08-27-2010, 06:35 PM   #13
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I'll put it directly in here then. Looks like hops to me, but what LGI said is also true... it's a Trojan Horse in that you have no idea what properties the hops will have at all (flavor, aroma, bitterness).


it's not so important to me. i like to experiment. I just wanted to know if it was hops or not. thanks a lot for the answer.
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Saw this in a different thread - I would recommend dbl checking with a good google search:
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I got schooled in this method from a hop grower close to me. From the days when they used leather lederhosen to test wort!

Do the measurements accurately:

Take one ounce of your hops.

Boil two cups of water for 15 minutes with 1 scant Tbsp of sugar (utilization).
Add your hops and boil for 10 minutes.

Strain the hops and take your tea to dilute

1/4 of a cup of water to 1/4 cup of tea= one %.
So dump the first mixture retaining 1/4 cup and then add 1/4 cup water
Continue with dilute 1/4 cup of your tea until the bitterness is not distiguishable by taste.

Now if you have diluted 6 times and only have the slightest barely there bitterness-- you think about 6.1 or 6.3 %

It is a rough estimate: 5% to 6% for example, but it means you can brew with some idea of AA and you get to taste the hop tea too to get a flavor profile
thanks for this!
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maybe it has nothing to do with it, but this plant was growing in a very wet area, near the river and extremely hot climates(daily temperatures up to 104 F). do you think one can say something about eventual properties of hops by this fact?

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maybe it has nothing to do with it, but this plant was growing in a very wet area, near the river and extremely hot climates(daily temperatures up to 104 F). do you think one can say something about eventual properties of hops by this fact?
most likely not. all the wild hops i've found over the years have been in the vicinity of a water source (ditch, stream etc.). they seem to like to be able to secure water when they want it and generally, these areas are actually well drained due to the stones that end up settling there over time.
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