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Old 08-19-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Wet hop ale - suggestions?

I'm pretty pleased and surprised by how well my first year Cascade and Chinook plants did. I've got probably 30 Chinook cones and well over 100 on my Cascades. Two rhizomes each.

I'm thinking about making a harvest IPA with them. I was figuring I'd use the 'Hoppiness is an IPA' base recipe that came with my GABF tickets, but sub in the wet hops from my plants.

Any suggestions as to how much wet? I've read that about 2 oz. wet = 1 oz. dry.

Any advice on using wet hops vs. dry? Is there anything different that I need to do, or just throw them in like normal?

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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I'm in the same situation that you are, so I have no first hand knowledge of this, but from what I have read its more like 4:1 or 5:1 for wet hops to dry hops. Let us know how it turns out.

Also, is the IPA recipe you mention posted somewhere on this site?

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Old 08-19-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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I have a link I need to find but it has a document from Vinnie at Russian River. He gives an example of a 10g wet hop IPA. I will post it once I find it.

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Old 08-19-2009, 06:51 PM   #4
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I'm doing a wet hop rye pale ale this year with my nugget harvest. Probably going to use Denny Con's recipe for the basis.

Ditto on the 5:1 ratio for using wet hops. I've read that in several publications. Note that the 5:1 is 5x as many wet whole cone hops as you'd use whole cone dried. Pellets are much more efficient, so the ratio of wet hops to pellets would be even greater. In a book called Homebrewer's Garden they indicate these ranges of ratios as a guide to know when your hops have dried enough.

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Old 08-19-2009, 07:47 PM   #5
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Nothing special about use, other than the 48 hour limit. 5:1 is the correct ratio, so if you are short, I'd bitter with something else and save the fresh hops for flavor/aroma.

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Old 08-19-2009, 08:46 PM   #6
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I talked to the folks at our LHBS, and they agree with the 5:1 ratio. Good to get confirmation here, though.

The IPA recipe came with my Great American Beer Fest tickets. If you're not going and don't have tickets, you're not allowed to brew this one. Sorry.

Actually, 'Hoppiness is an IPA' comes from Brewing Classic Styles. Great book.

What's the 48 hour limit? It didn't see reference to that anywhere else.

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To help you set your recipe up 100 cones off my mature casade plant is right around an ounce dry. I can't speak to chinook as I've never grown them but I just wanted to help you get stuff going because right off the bine into the kettle would be awesome!!

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I've got my GABF tickets, but I can't find a IPA recipe. Wanna post it just for me?

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Here is the one I was talking about .. Music City Brewers • View topic - Wet Hop Ale from Russian River

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Old 08-31-2009, 02:11 AM   #10
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Here's that IPA Recipe. Sorry it took two weeks. It's from Palmer and Zainasheff's Brewing Classic Styles.

Hoppiness is an IPA

OG: 1.065
FG: 1.012
IBU: 64
SRM: 7
ABV: 7%

12.74 lbs American Two-Row
.75 lbs Munich
1 lb Crystal 15L
.25 Crystal 40L

Horizon 13% 60 min.
Centennial 9% 10 min.
Simcoe 12% 5 min.
Amarillo 9% 0 min.

WLP001 or US-05

Mash at 149 for 60 - 90 minutes depending on conversion.

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