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Old 03-27-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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This has probably been covered here before but I was wondering if there is an inexpensive way to have your homegrown hops alpha acid tested?

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Old 03-27-2008, 04:23 PM   #2
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I think I remember reading something about this a while back. I think you can send a lab a sample along with $40 to have them test your hops. That's not all that bad, but I would wait until your plants are well established.

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Not sure, but I'm guessing no since most people don't get it done... Not sure I've ever read of anyone getting it done and I read a lot here. I'm sure SOMEONE can do it, but for a price...

I guess this is why people will bitter with normal pellets or flowers from the LHBS (that do have an AA%) and use their homegrown stuff primarily for flavor and aroma. The IBU difference created from 15-20 minute or less additions is not near as critical, so it doesn't matter if your homegrown cascade are the normal 5% you may buy at the LHBS or if they are 2-3%...

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Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments and the mad geek skillz.

EDIT: I double-checked some Willamette leafs I got from the LHBS listed at 4.7%...I calculated them to be 3.1% after 2 years. Not bad. I also double-checked some 2007 Targets at 11.7% and I determined them to be 11.64%.

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Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments.
You should start making a buck (notice I said a buck, not hundreds of them! ) off HBT'ers who want to have their hops tested! Sweet deal...
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Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments.
You realize you just opened up a pandora's box, right? The line starts with Warrior, then me... take a number...
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You should start making a buck ...
I'll send you a rhizome.
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You realize you just opened up a pandora's box, right? The line starts with Warrior, then me... take a number...
A pandora's box full of hops.
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Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments and the mad geek skillz.
Can you elaborate on the process? I'm not suggesting that I'm going to start up a hop measuring business or service (I'm fairly certain I don't have access to the lab equipment required). I'm just curious about how it's done.
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Can you elaborate on the process? I'm not suggesting that I'm going to start up a hop measuring business or service (I'm fairly certain I don't have access to the lab equipment required). I'm just curious about how it's done.
+1, curious as well...
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