Found wild hops, already brown... - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Found wild hops, already brown...

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-24-2009, 03:13 PM   #1
Jumbo82
 
Jumbo82's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Posts: 501
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts



So yesterday a friend told me he found a bunch of wild hops near his house. I went over, but it looks like they are at least a week past their prime. Most of them are brown, some still have a bit of green color. I decided to pick them anyway and filled up a bucket approximately to the 2 gallon mark. They still have the sticky feel and smell, but I'm not sure if they are worth using. I'm brewing today and would like to make a wild hop IPA or Pale Ale. Anybody have any experience or insight into brewing with over-ripe hops? By the way, I have no idea of the hop variety. Thanks in advance.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 03:44 PM   #2
GVH_Dan
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
GVH_Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2009
McFarland (Madison), WI
Posts: 1,102
Liked 255 Times on 183 Posts


Make a tea with the first. This will give you an idea of the flavor profile and bitterness.

If you look in the thread "Testing HG Hop Bitterness", Andrea gives an old school method for using the tea to determine the alpha acid content of the hops.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 52,380
Liked 8613 Times on 6926 Posts


I brewed with over ripe wild hops last fall, and my advice would be to not do it.

The beer came out "okay" - pretty much no hop bitterness or aroma or flavor, but it did have a slight oily taste which I attributed to a ton of seeds in the hop clusters that I was too lazy to pick through.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
Jumbo82
 
Jumbo82's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Posts: 501
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


OK, thanks. I haven't found any seeds at all, so I think this "wild" hop plant may have been intentionally planted a long time ago. I may use a high alpha hop for bittering and use the wild hops for flavor and aroma.


Edit: I just took another look at the hops and decided it wasn't worth experimenting on a 10 gallon batch. I may dry hop 2-3 gallons worth as a test, but I'll be using store bought hops for today's brew.

Reason: second thoughts...

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
13 gallons of unintentionally wild Brown, can I use it?. COLObrewer Lambic & Wild Brewing 73 08-23-2013 03:23 PM
Who has found wild hops? suhornet84 General Beer Discussion 14 10-17-2009 01:54 AM
Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale chefchris Commercial Brew Discussion 2 02-10-2009 03:13 AM
Found some wild hops, now what? mew Hops Growing 9 08-25-2008 02:57 PM
Wild Hops Exo Recipes/Ingredients 1 08-24-2006 01:22 PM


Forum Jump