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Old 02-25-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Adding hop flavor/aroma to brewed beer?

A buddy and I were brainstorming way to add hop goodness to bad beer. Not necessarily bad beer, but beer that needs hops. Picture this: You're at a bar with your buddies and they order a pitcher of Bud Light. You don't want to be rude and decline the offer of free beer even if it does suck (assume that they offered to let you drink for free, you left your wallet at home, the bar only serves crap beer, etc.). So you whip 'x' out of your pocket and add it to your mug, which gives you at least a bit more flavor and aroma.

We're trying to figure out if it's possible to find 'x'. We started by adding hop pellets to empty tea bags. My friend did this with a fairly high alpha brew and couldn't tell a difference. I used a higher alpha bittering hop and a lower alpha pale ale. I tasted a hint more bitterness in the first sip, but nothing more than that. So we crossed using hop pellets off the list.

What about whole hops? I don't have any now but will later when my plants bear fruit. Hop oil? Essence? Lost cause? Other opinions?


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Old 02-25-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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I've never tried it, but there is this: NORTHERN BREWER: Northern Brewer's HopShot



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Old 02-25-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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I guess you could carry around some whole leaf in your pocket, or get some hop oil. I've never tasted hop oil that I know of, and surprisingly I've never put a hop leaf in a glass of beer before either... I am so doing that tonight.

I'm not sure how much aroma either would add, TBH. If they ordered a pitches of Bud Light I'd just go to the bar and order something else. Everyone may not agree with this but I personally would rather pay for good beer than drink free Bud Light.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:52 PM   #4
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I purchased some liquid hops from eBay a couple of years ago. That really worked well on brews that were underhopped.
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I've put leaf hops into my beer before. It can work well.

I've also made ale tea before. I added fresh wort and some whole leaf hops into some earl gray tea. It was good
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Sounds like you need Randal the Enamel Animal!!

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probably impractical to bring along to a bar, though!
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There was a thread here a while back talking about dropping a pelllet hop into a less than hoppy beer. I never tried it as I typically avoid places that serve bad beer.
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Freshops.com sells hop oil in little bottles. Works OK but not like the real thing IMO.
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The bad beer example was just one scenario. For example, I currently only have a clone of Old Speckled Hen on hand while I wait for an Imperial IPA to come of age. Since I'm jonesing for some hops I've been buying a bomber of Ruination a week just to tide me over. If I had fresh hops I would definitely build a Hopinator, but in the meantime I'd be happy with something that came close in taste and aroma to the real deal.

I ordered a HopShot from NB and will try that.
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There was a thread here a while back talking about dropping a pelllet hop into a less than hoppy beer. I never tried it as I typically avoid places that serve bad beer.
I tried that once, with very high hopes, but actually thought it was a little disappointing. It did add a nice bit of aroma, but it also turned the last third of the beer into a gunky green stew. Overall I think it was a more enjoyable beer without the pellet.


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