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Old 12-11-2006, 11:51 PM   #1
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I recently asked for some advice on here and a few have mentioned that I should make a hop tea and then add it to my wort. I am a little confused as to how I would do this. Does anyone know. Would'nt this drastically change the recipe because usually I steep grains then add my extract and bring to a boil then start the boil hops, followed by mid boil and finishing hops. One of the more knowledgable guys recommened adding the hops first then the extract..I think?

 
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:55 PM   #2
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A hop tea is useful for increasing bitterness after a batch has fermented. All you do is boil a high AA hop in some water for an hour & add it a little at a time until the brew is bitter enough.

If you are going for a high gravity, high IBU IPA adding some of the extract to the initial boil and saving the rest for a late addition will improve utilization.
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:03 AM   #3
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Hello,
For my IPA I do a hop tea. Look at frugalhomebrewer.com He has a recipe on his web site (top left side of home page). I add it after I rack it to the secondary or if I don't have time then I'll do it any time after I rack.
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:15 PM   #4
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Gerard Lemmens from Brewers supply group discusses this in an itnerview on Basic brewing radio. It's definitely worth checking out.

There is a continued discussion. Here are the links if you wish to stream it. Good stuff!
http://www.basicbrewing.com/radio/mp3/bbr09-08-05.mp3

http://www.basicbrewing.com/radio/mp3/bbr09-01-05.mp3

 
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:26 PM   #5
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You can make the hop tea and drink it with your unhopped beer.

 
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