You guys have solved my conundrum.
I have been growing Willamette for a few years with moderate (2 or 3 oz dried) results. Last year I founds 3 Cascade plants which I grew in pots with good results.
I had the chance to visit family in Portland OR last year and took the opportunity to drive through hops country in the Willamette. It inspired me to build a much more dedicated hops yard.
So, my yield, especially the Cascades was AWESOME. I decided to do a fresh hop ale. The Recipe:
Harvest Ale 2009
American Pale Ale
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.75 gal
Brewer: Darren McLellan
Boil Size: 6.92 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.75 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 76.47 %
2.50 lb Caramel Malt - 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 19.61 %
0.50 lb Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.92 %
1.25 oz Cascade (Fresh) [1.00 %] (90 min) (First Wort Hop)
1.25 oz Williamette (Fresh) [0.95 %] (90 min) (First Wort Hop)
0.13 oz Cascade (Fresh) [4.00 %] (Dry Hop 14 days)
0.50 oz Williamette (Fresh) [4.00 %] (Dry Hop 14 days)
2.00 oz Cascade (Fresh) [1.10 %] (60 min)
1.50 oz Cascade (Fresh) [1.10 %] (40 min)
1.00 oz Williamette (Fresh) [0.95 %] (15 min)
0.50 oz Cascade (Fresh) [1.10 %] (5 min)
1.00 oz Williamette (Fresh) [4.80 %] (5 min)
2 Pkgs Safale US-05 (DCL Yeast #US-05) [Starter 50 ml]
Est Original Gravity: 1.049 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.045 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.56 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.17 %
Bitterness: 23.5 IBU Calories: 200 cal/pint
Est Color: 7.0 SRM Color:
Single Infusion, Full Body, No Mash Out Total Grain Weight: 12.75 lb
So, as I am brewing, I am sampling and the bittering is no where. I kept adding hops until I had, as one can see, over a half pound of wet hops in 5 gallons! After primary, there is still a lack of hopiness.
This thread solves my conundrum. Using the 5 to 1 ratio I have about .80 oz of dried hops in the whole brew. At this point, I sure hope the dry hopping, with dried hops from this years harvest, will give it a nice finished hop aroma.
Time will tell...