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Old 10-05-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Fresh whole hops. . . just ??

Do I just add them to the boil in a hop bag. I have about 12 oz of fresh cascade hops and have a recipe in mind. ????

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Use them as you would purchased hops. Are they dried? Drying them first will make for better flavor and reduced amounts used in your brew.

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Use them as you would purchased hops. Are they dried? Drying them first will make for better flavor and reduced amounts used in your brew.
why does drying make for better flavor?
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Use them as you would purchased hops. Are they dried? Drying them first will make for better flavor and reduced amounts used in your brew.
The amount would be reduced by weight, but you'd probably be using the same number of cones.
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I have fresh undried (11oz) and dried (2oz) - you think using the dried is better?

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why does drying make for better flavor?
Some say that fresh undried hops add a grassy flavour to the brew.
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doesn't necasarily mean they are better

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I don't know why but hops go further and provide better utilization when dried. Think tea. Can you get a good cup of tea from the freshly picked tea leaves or does the dried tea leaves make a better tea? You can use the hops without drying but it takes 4-5 times more than dried to get the IBU's and flavor. Do you want to make one batch with "wet" hops or would you like to have enough hops to make maybe three batches?

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except your still using the same amount of hops total. the weight loss is just water not hops.ie if you have 5 ozs wet and they weighed 1 oz dry how is that going further?

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I understand the logic of dried to wet weight totals practically matching. It is my understanding that dried hops provide better utillization of the lupulin and flavors a brewer is trying to get from the hops. I really don't care if if someone wants to use wet or dry hops, just putting out the info for others to try or not. I know that the hops I'm drying now had very little aroma when I first picked them but now that they are dried have an incredible aroma now. If I had enough to do wet/dry side by side comparison brews I would just to see how much of a difference there is between the two.

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