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Old 05-16-2009, 03:03 AM   #1
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I vaguely recall reading that some people toss a few pellet hops in their glass of beer for a little extra hop kick. I think it was pellets, which I suppose are more appropriate than whole hops for this application.

I'm trying it for the first time now: not wanting to be subtle about it, I put about a dozen cascade pellets into the glass and then poured in a Stone IPA. Sure did foam a lot (I think the term is 'nucleation sites'). There was a noticeable difference, an extra and pleasant aroma mostly, though the pellets just barely started to loosen by the time I emptied the glass. Now with the pellets fully bloomed I poured in some Big Daddy IPA (Speakeasy). More foam, and now lots of hop floaties, which definitely taste grassy. I think some sort of strainer would be best, or else adding much less pellets and not trying to reuse them so they don't have a chance to break up too much.

I think more testing is needed. I'd like to try a tea strainer, or maybe a small hop bag though I think the strainer would be more effective in getting the hops submerged. OR, make a small amount of pretty strong hop tea with pellets and hot water, cool it, and then add a few teaspoons to the beer. Whatever it takes until the tooth enamel starts peeling off...

Any other ideas or experience with this?

 
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:07 AM   #2
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I've had High Life with fresh picked Cascade cones... quite an improvement!

 
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:08 AM   #3
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You are hereby designated the dry-hop-in-a-glass pioneer.

Continue...take pictures..report back.

Maybe pour a smaller amount of beer in with the hop pellets, let them sit for a few minutes and then pour that "extract" into a clean glass through a paint strainer or cheese cloth and then serve beer on top of the extract.

 
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:39 AM   #4
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The Mad Zymurgists will be doing similar experiments during Club night at the NHC convention. Can pellet hops make Hamms an award winning IPA?

Test victims, err.. guinea pigs, um ... volunteers will be rewarded most handsomely.
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The Mad Zymurgists will be doing similar experiments during Club night at the NHC convention. Can pellet hops make Hamms an award winning IPA?

Test victims, err.. guinea pigs, um ... volunteers will be rewarded most handsomely.

do they still sell Hamms?

and are they still using that Bear ?

on your experiment the reward being a .......free drunk?


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I put about a dozen cascade pellets into the glass and then poured in a Stone IPA
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I vaguely recall reading that some people toss a few pellet hops in their glass of beer for a little extra hop kick. I think it was pellets, which I suppose are more appropriate than whole hops for this application.

I'm trying it for the first time now: not wanting to be subtle about it, I put about a dozen cascade pellets into the glass and then poured in a Stone IPA. Sure did foam a lot (I think the term is 'nucleation sites'). There was a noticeable difference, an extra and pleasant aroma mostly, though the pellets just barely started to loosen by the time I emptied the glass. Now with the pellets fully bloomed I poured in some Big Daddy IPA (Speakeasy). More foam, and now lots of hop floaties, which definitely taste grassy. I think some sort of strainer would be best, or else adding much less pellets and not trying to reuse them so they don't have a chance to break up too much.

I think more testing is needed. I'd like to try a tea strainer, or maybe a small hop bag though I think the strainer would be more effective in getting the hops submerged. OR, make a small amount of pretty strong hop tea with pellets and hot water, cool it, and then add a few teaspoons to the beer. Whatever it takes until the tooth enamel starts peeling off...

Any other ideas or experience with this?

try a stainless steel Tea ball

that mesh looks tight enough to hold the hop pellets in

Also I might consider lightly steaming the pellets to get them to sweat those wonderful AA's before dunking them in to the beer
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:32 AM   #8
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I'm trying it for the first time now: not wanting to be subtle about it, I put about a dozen cascade pellets into the glass and then poured in a Stone IPA. ...
Yowsa, I tried it with 1 pellet and thought it was a bit much! Little thing kept floating to the top. By the time I was near 1/4 left it was leaving behind too much junk, I like the idea of the SS tea ball.

 
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:11 PM   #9
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I vaguely recall reading that some people toss a few pellet hops in their glass of beer for a little extra hop kick. I think it was pellets, which I suppose are more appropriate than whole hops for this application.

I'm trying it for the first time now: not wanting to be subtle about it, I put about a dozen cascade pellets into the glass and then poured in a Stone IPA. Sure did foam a lot (I think the term is 'nucleation sites'). There was a noticeable difference, an extra and pleasant aroma mostly, though the pellets just barely started to loosen by the time I emptied the glass. Now with the pellets fully bloomed I poured in some Big Daddy IPA (Speakeasy). More foam, and now lots of hop floaties, which definitely taste grassy. I think some sort of strainer would be best, or else adding much less pellets and not trying to reuse them so they don't have a chance to break up too much.

I think more testing is needed. I'd like to try a tea strainer, or maybe a small hop bag though I think the strainer would be more effective in getting the hops submerged. OR, make a small amount of pretty strong hop tea with pellets and hot water, cool it, and then add a few teaspoons to the beer. Whatever it takes until the tooth enamel starts peeling off...

Any other ideas or experience with this?
I do this all the time. However, I use my homegrown hops. I did not dry any of my hops, but vacuum sealed and froze them. The hops flavor and aroma stays really fresh, but when they thaw out are a little soft. I pluck a few out of the freezer, cut them in half lengthwise and plop them in the glass or bottle if I give a beer away. The hops are even better than fresh to use this way, and seem to impart their flavor even faster after they have been frozen. I think the softening of the hops that occurs after vacuum sealing and freezing helps them sink into the beer right away instead of floating.
When I use Zeus or Centannial hops, the beer become cloudy with hop oils and instantly flavorful. Give this a try with some fresh hops, it is really good.

 
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:24 PM   #10
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I read a blurb about "hopping by the glass" but I thought it said they were using hop oil or possibly an extract. I'm very curious about this because one of my sons likes really heavy hops, both bittering and aroma. I'm not crazy about using the pellets because of the mess you have to deal with. Anyone else tried the oil/extract? - Dwain

 
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